Fashion designer Sophie Theallet, one of designers who has dressed First Lady Michelle Obama, has called for an industry-wide boycott on dressing future First Lady Melania Trump, according to Variety.
In an open letter on her Twitter account, she wrote, "As one who celebrates and strives for diversity, individual freedom, and respect for all lifestyles, I will not participate in dressing or associating in any way with the next First Lady. The rhetoric of racism, sexism, and xenophobia, unleashed by her husband's presidential campaign are incompatible with the shared values we live by."
However, conservatives were quick to fire back, making a really good point about Theallet refusing to do work that violates her conscience.
"But that line of reasoning is basically the same as that of Christian bakers and florists when they argue that providing services for same-sex wedding ceremonies violates their consciences and they must therefore decline to participate," wrote Brandon Scowalter of the Christian Post in a story headlined "Designers refuse Melania Trump, so should wedding vendors be able to refuse gay weddings?"
He added, "Only, unlike the fashion designer, in the cases of such small business owners, state governments have gone after them for refusing."
Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation remarked, "If [Theallet] doesn't want to be a fashion designer for the First Lady, because [she] disagrees with the message that would send, that that would mean supporting the First Lady and the new president and supporting his policies — they don't want to be sending the message that they support those things. That's very similar to the baker and the florist."
Family Research Council President Tony Perkins agreed, writing, "I'm fine with designers declining to dress the Trumps. I'm not fine with the double standard, as Christian wedding vendors are prosecuted."
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