One of the main talking points following Kathy Griffin’s controversial photo shoot with a severed head in the likeness of President Donald Trump was the effect the images had on the president’s youngest son, Barron Trump. Now, a letter of support written by a 14-year-old girl from northern Michigan named Evelyn Bostwick is gaining attention, as it comes from a complete stranger who simply wanted to make the 11-year-old boy feel better after the alleged trauma he suffered after seeing Griffin’s photo shoot.
One day after Kathy Griffin’s photo with the bloody Trump head went viral, the Trump family went on record on how the images taken by photographer Tyler Shields had affected young Barron Trump. In a statement issued on Wednesday and cited by the Washington Post, First Lady Melania Trump decried the stunt as being “simply wrong,” following up on a tweet her husband had sent out that morning, suggesting that Barron was having an “(especially) hard time” coping after he saw the photo.
“As a mother, a wife, and a human being, that photo is very disturbing. When you consider some of the atrocities happening in the world today, a photo opportunity like this is simply wrong and makes you wonder about the mental health of the person who did it.”
Separately, TMZ wrote that Barron, upon seeing the image of his father’s decapitated likeness while watching the news, had gone as far as panicking and calling for his mother.
On the same day that those reports broke out, Traverse City resident Evelyn Bostwick was so moved by what had allegedly happened that she wrote Barron Trump a letter, telling him that she feels for him through this trying time in his life. According to Michigan ABC affiliate WPBN, Evelyn was “disgusted” by Kathy Griffin’s bloody Trump image, and composed the hand-written letter for Barron, offering her support for the young boy, despite the fact that they’ve never met.
“I don’t know, I just wanted to make him feel better.”
Regarding Griffin’s photo with the Trump head, Bostwick said that the comedian shouldn’t have pulled off such an “uncool” stunt, and should “know how to treat others (better).”
Evelyn Bostwick’s grandmother, Joni Bostwick, added that she thought the images weren’t funny, as they reminded her of photos she saw of Islamic State members beheading innocent people. Joni added that it was “wonderful” to see her granddaughter express her thoughts and support to Barron, from one young person to another.
When talking about why she wrote the Barron Trump letter, Evelyn focused mainly on the golden rule — do unto others as you want others to do unto you — and imagined herself in the presidential son’s shoes, and how she may feel if she saw her own father’s likeness beheaded and bloodied. To that end, WPBN quoted parts of the letter, which summarizes the Michigan girl’s take on the Kathy Griffin controversy.
“Being hurtful to others just because you do not appreciate or like something they did is not okay. We know to treat others how we want to be treated.”
In the days since Barron Trump’s reaction to Griffin’s photo shoot became a key point of discussion, the public has largely been sympathetic to the president’s youngest son, especially after numerous sources, mainly conservative publications such as Breitbart News, quoted a previous Kathy Griffin interview, where she jokingly threatened to “deliver a beat down” to Barron. Griffin’s attorney, Lisa Bloom, said on Friday that the comments were all part of Kathy’s act, and that it’s expected anyway for comedians to “create images that are not appropriate for children.”
Do you agree or disagree with the thought behind and the message conveyed by Evelyn Bostwick’s letter to Barron Trump?
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