Ivanka Trump Posts Family Photo With Confederate Flag In The Background

It's great, the Internet. Virtually everything you've ever wanted, all at the touch of a button. A clutter-free way to make your life more efficient. And best of all, we're always mere minutes away from someone posting something that sets the entirety of social media at war with itself.

Paris Jackson posts a pic of her brother? FIGHT! Mo Farah wears a Santa hat? FIGHT! A bunch of people believe the Earth is actually hollow? FIGHT FIGHT FIGHT!

The latest to get cyber-blood boiling is none other than the US President's daughter Ivanka Trump, who yesterday had the audacity to post some apparently innocuous family photos to Twitter. However, it wasn't too long before people had spotted something wrong:

Spotted it yet? No?

Ok, let's take a closer look:


Credit: Ivanka Trump / Twitter

What about now? Still no?

Luckily Twitter user @OccuCorporatism was on hand to point it out.

Hmmm. Not sure that a flag in the background of a photo necessarily means the photo is meant to endorse it, really - it's not like they're on the same boat, is it? Couldn't this all be a bit of a coincidence? (Albeit an ill-advised one.)

Still, there ain't no fury like that of a Twitter scorned, and its wrath was duly vented.

Some of the responses were a little more balanced, however:

Ivanka has yet to respond, although she followed it up with a link to a USA Today story warning of the dangers of sleep deprivation, captioned: "New Year resolution, sleep more." So it doesn't appear to be troubling her too greatly.

Whether this means the positioning of the flag in her photo is deliberate or not, however, is anyone's guess - a lesson in being careful what you tweet.

The Confederate flag is the source of much controversy in the US, due to historical connotations with racism and slavery which date back to the American Civil War of 1861-65.

More recently it was also a common emblem displayed during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August of this year, while in June 2015 a white supremacist in Charleston, South Carolina shot and killed nine black parishioners before photos emerged of him posing with the flag.

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Mark McGowan

Mark is a journalist at LADbible, who joined in 2015 after a year as a freelance writer. In the past he blogged for independent football fan channel Redmen TV, after graduating from Staffordshire University with degrees in journalism and English literature. He has worked on campaigns such as UOKM8? and IIOC.

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