In a bold move that’s turning heads for all the wrong reasons, First Lady Jill Biden has unveiled her third White House Christmas decor, accompanied by a performance that’s raising eyebrows. Her choice of decorations, criticized by many as gaudy, simplistic, and lacking any real connection to the traditional Christmas spirit, was presented alongside a gender-bent jazz and tap dance rendition of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite” by a radically left-leaning dance troupe.
A bit of magic, wonder, and joy brought to you by the talented tappers of Dorrance Dance, performing their playful interpretation of The Nutcracker Suite.
Enjoy! 💕 pic.twitter.com/qXtCm4t37o
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) December 13, 2023
The video, posted on social media, was met with overwhelming disapproval, evident from its ‘ratioed’ status: 25.5K comments and reposts overshadowing 15K likes. The public’s response was scathingly critical, with one commenter branding the video “utterly tacky, tasteless, and ANTI-Christmas,” in stark contrast to the elegant and universally appealing Christmas displays by former First Lady Melania Trump.
The performance, likened to a disturbing fusion of “Disney Presents Clockwork Orange” and “The Hunger Games,” has stirred considerable controversy. Jill Biden’s caption, “A bit of magic, wonder, and joy brought to you by the talented tappers of Dorrance Dance,” seems at odds with public opinion.
Investigative journalist Sarah Fields of The Publica shed light on the controversial choice of Dorrance Dance, a New York City-based tap dance company. The company, known for its focus on white privilege and political activism, including links to BLM and SURJ, brought a charged atmosphere to the White House Christmas celebration.
This should’ve come with a sensitivity label. This is horrendous.
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) December 14, 2023
This latest display by the Biden Administration is seen by many as further evidence of their intent to divide the American public. Critics argue that if Dorrance Dance had focused less on political activism, their performance might have been more artful and less embarrassing.
Nostalgia for the grace and elegance of Melania Trump’s White House Christmas is palpable among many Americans. Her background in design and high fashion brought a level of class and beauty to the holiday decor that, according to Ralph Miller, is starkly missing in Jill Biden’s interpretation, which he describes as akin to a “cheap, drag queen burlesque show.”
Despite some pushback against Melania Trump’s 2018 Christmas design, the decorative efforts of the Trump White House are now being remembered more fondly and favorably in comparison to the Biden’s 2023 choices.