The White House has arranged its halls for holidays. And just like last year, its trimmings seem more scary than festive at first sight.
If you were one of the many people who thought the last year's White House Christmas display was strangely disturbing, its subdued lighting and sterile tree skeletons resembled the backdrop of a horror movie. Look vacation 2018.
Melania Trump reportedly spent months working on this year's decorations, which she unveiled in a series of tweets on Monday morning.
And to be fair to the first lady, this year's holiday designs are much more inviting than those of last year, with lots of color and warmth.
But they were not able to prevent the remembrance of Christmas Eve Evil from last year – mainly due to a specific decoration choice from Melania.
Perhaps determined to continue to show contempt for his critics, Trump repeated the idea of a white house decor tinged with horror in at least one corner of the square, lining a corridor full of Christmas trees red blood that immediately reminded social media enthusiasts fun holiday movies. Like Stanley Kubrick's Christmas classic The brilliant!
… not to mention other stories of joy and joy:
Horror movies and Tale of the maid The references reigned, but even the most fanciful take the return of the diabolical White House meme stretched towards the darkness.
It's a nasty Christmas Special from Doctor Who, is not it? They are animatronic muppets of a planet with a very high scrabble score.
They are preparing to immolate themselves by fire in solidarity with the urban and wild fire interface.
Carry on. pic.twitter.com/NsmL0WrqdA
– CZEdwards, aka Renaran Black, mother of the exiles (@CZEdwards) November 26, 2018
The response to horror memory illustrates just how deeply the fracture between the Trump administration and the public has rooted
Like last year, the evil White House Christmas is testimony to the wider polarization between the public and the presidency and the feeling that the White House itself has become a visual representation of what many people see as the real horror experienced by the Trump administration.
Since Donald Trump took office, it has become commonplace to comment on his administration through horror memes – remember the scary photo of the pope, or the Orb? – And now, it seems that transforming the White House Christmas display into an annual grimoire is slowly becoming an unexpected tradition.
And the fact that the White House launched the annual post-Thanksgiving celebration of its holiday look as kids were tear-gassing at the US-Mexico border made the situation even worse for many.
Welcome to Christmas at the House of Horrors
All that's missing is the green jacket, sickle and hammer wreath, maid-dressed elves, children in cages, tear gas and the sound of Kid Rock's "Red Neck Paradise". pic.twitter.com/4FCT7AULT8
– Ellie (@ ellievan65) November 26, 2018
In addition, the inclusion of Christmas decorations reminding the viewer of "Be Best" – in support of the First Lady's initiative to focus on "the major issues facing children today" – was seemed particularly insulting.
You are a mother. And you are an immigrant too. How do you feel about #Tear gas to be used on asylum seeking women and young children in the United States?
– Andy Behrman (@electroboyusa) November 26, 2018
A striking difference between this year's Evil White House and last year's Christmas Eve is that this time, no one is kidding to say that Melania is "trapped" or imprisoned in the White House. The idea that the first lady was somehow victim of her husband's tyranny may have ruled for much of Trump's first year as president, but her controversial jacket choice over the summer, as well as his questionable African safari equipment, seem to have established him as a full-fledged villain.
Therefore, it makes perfect sense that the very culture – which tends to reflect our collective social and political anxieties – has jumped on the opportunity to revive the same Christmas Eve of Evil White House, but in a way darker and more pointed. For many, the jokes are now almost superficial, and the superimposition of references between Trumps' actual actions and the horror genre seems less ironic and more like a form of mandatory commentary.