The Trump administration added fuel to the fire they started last week when Melania Trump was seen travelling to a refugee children camp while wearing a now-infamous jacket with the statement “I REALLY DON’T CARE DO U” dismissively emblazoned on the back.
Though supposedly referring to the “Fake News Media” instead of the thousands of children separated from their families and forced to live in subhuman conditions, this flippant fashion choice rightly did not sit well with many, including Jill Vedder, the wife of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Vedder showed off her own DIY take on the jacket – and feelings about the Trump administration – onstage during a Pearl Jam concert in Milan this past Saturday:
Vedder’s version, which claps back at Melania’s shrug of ignorance with a duct-taped proclamation of “YES WE ALL CARE. Y-DON’T-U,” has received a bit of controversy – one Instagram commenter writes, “we aren’t sheep, we will not follow your political views and worship them” – but has mostly garnered support and agreement, with even the designer of Vedder’s converted jacket, Italian brand Redemption, stating in a press release that “Redemption stands with the Vedders and Pearl Jam in support of the refugee children that were ripped apart from their families as a direct result of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.”
Jill Vedder isn’t the first person to respond to Melania with wearable criticism, as actress Jenna Ortega and fashion label Wildfang are also among those to debut their own jackets condemning the First Lady’s middle finger of a fashion choice.