The spending habits of the rich and famous have been the object of fascination and scrutiny for centuries. None have caused more scandal and outrage than the spending of those individuals involved in the political sphere. From Marie Antoinette to Jackie Kennedy to François Hollande, the general population is always interested to know how those in a positions of power spend money on themselves and whether this behavior is ethical.
The latest is Louise Linton, a Scottish actress and producer, and the wife of Steven Mnuchin, the acting U.S. Treasury Secretary. Inspiring headlines such as “Treasure secretary’s wife boasts of travel on government plane, touts Hermès and Valentino fashion,” “Mnunchin Wife Goes Full Marie Antoinette in Instagram Meltdown“ and the nickname “Treasury Barbie,” Linton has come under criticism for posting an Instagram with all her luxury items tagged and emphasized such as her Hermès Birkin bag and Valentino shoes.
Linton has also been criticized for a long rant against an Instagram detractor on the post, which you can read more about here. But basically, Linton took “defensive” approach in her response by commenting on her family’s wealth, the ample taxes they pay, and many financial “sacrifices” they make.
Apart from her response to the post and other statements she has made, much of the writing on Linton has criticized her post as “Instabragging” and inconsiderate of her audience and her role as wife of the Treasure Secretary.
Linton has publicly apologized for the post in the cover story for Washington Life magazine and stated, “I one hundred percent embrace the comments of my critics and I concede wholeheartedly that the post was boastful and materialistic.”
We couldn’t help but wonder, what you, members of the PurseBop jury think about this.
Is this public attack on Linton’s Instagram posts deserved? Did she need to apologize or explain herself? Is she being attacked because she’s a woman? Or does her place as a government official’s wife demand that she be more discreet?
Updated: September 18th, 2017