If you look up First Lady Melania Trump’s history before she married into the Trump family, you’ll find her previous exploits listed as “sex worker” and “p-rn star.” While it is widely known that Melania Trump modeled in the nude, the fact that these points are listed on her Simple English Wikipedia page has some Trump supporters shocked. Because children often use Wikipedia to do research for school, they’ll be exposed to the unsavory things Melania allegedly did before Trump claimed her as his wife and transformed her life into one of luxury and political intrigue.
Children often visit Simple English Wikipedia to do research for school projects and to learn unbiased facts about the world. That’s why people are shocked to see Melania’s previous employment exploits listed out as being a “sex worker” and a “p-rn star.” These facts are not facts but falsehoods created by internet trolls who aimed to sully the Trump name and turn kids against the president.
Wikpediocracy, a Wikipedia criticism project, found the false claims about the first lady and set out to right the wrong. Because someone had edited her biography to include the statement that she was a “former sex worker and p-rn star.” It was nine days before someone realized that the edit had been made on June 15, 2019, and was consequently picked up by the free-to-use Wikimedia Commons and Simple English Wikipedia, which is aimed toward children doing school projects. These children are often non-native English speakers and immigrant children from countries like Melania’s former Soviet Union home.
Melania’s father belonged to the Communist Party. She also admitted that her life was influenced by the anti-democratic political views. “I was born in Slovenia, a small and then-Communist country,” she said.
While Melania Trump was targeted as part of the internet vandal smear campaign, other notables also had their Wikipedia pages attacked. Jason Momoa, the star of Aquaman and an actor in Game Of Thrones, also had his page changed as he was tagged a “homosexualiser of men,” in a Spanish version of his page. That tidbit lasted on the page for five weeks and influenced many Spanish-speaking people’s mindset about the actor.
Although Melania Trump was not really a “sex worker” or a “p-rn star,” there are nude images of the first lady floating around the internet. That’s because Melania Trump posed nude before and did so to further her career.
Some people defended her nude photos as “classy” because “she was a model,” adding that Melania’s nude photoshoots were “no different from Calvin Klein models in everyday magazines for many years now.”
Another person responded to that Twitter comment with, “She did that nude shoot for GQ UK while she was dating Trump. She’s still proud of those photos, according to the article. I’m not anti-nude. But let’s not confuse these photos with art or class. It’s soft-core (p-rn) posing as ‘art’ for a male readership.”
What do you think about the images of Melania and the change to her Wikipedia page for ESL readers?