You have to give it to Louise Linton. Even when conceding her faults, she’s hopelessly #onbrand.
The actress, producer, wife of Treasure Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and unofficial Kween of the “Say Hi to My Haters” Instagram comment had some Words of Contrition™ to share about her infamous recent Instagram debacle. Naturally, she shared these words with a Washington, D.C., luxury magazine.
If you missed the drama (which, good for you), Linton got called out for posting a very luxe, lifestyle brand photo of her emerging in Ivanka Trump white from a government plane with her husband. And, as if a picture wasn’t worth a thousand words, Linton made absolutely clear that her outfit was worth many thousands of dollars over. She riddled her caption with luxury brand hashtags, shouting out her #tomford sunnies, #hermesscarf and #valentinorockstudheels. When a commenter snidely remarked “Glad we could pay for your little getaway,” Linton went AWFF.
Linton got hopelessly dragged for her response, prompting her to delete the offending photo and turn her social media accounts to private.
The whole affair was another exercise in shamelessness from an administration that wouldn’t know shame if it, I don’t know, showed up at a neo-Klan rally. Now, the woman who once tried to make a fashion spread out of public servitude has told Washington Life magazine that her comments were “indefensible,” and that she completely gets what people were upset about.
From The Hollywood Reporter:
“[The backlash] was scary and surreal but it forced me to take a deep look at what I had done,” Linton told the magazine, calling the event a “good, hard wake-up call.” “I want to say I concede completely to the comments of my critics.”
When prompted by the Washington Life writer if she understood why her social media rant garnered such attention, Linton had this to offer:
It was newsworthy because I was on a government trip and my husband is a government employee. As his wife, I am now a more public person and I am, and should be, held to a higher standard of ethics and care.... I concede wholeheartedly that the post was boastful and materialistic and my response was extremely thoughtless.
These earnest expressions of contrition are, of course, paired with pictures of Linton in luxe ball gowns. Because what else would you wear to say you’re sorry for coming off like a privileged twat?
To be fair, the story had been planned for several weeks, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, had been recently updated to reflect Linton’s feelings regarding the social media fiasco. “I see the irony of making an apology wearing a ball gown!” Linton concedes in the story. She then adds, “But it would be dishonest to proclaim I’m never going to another social function,” as if this fact commands her to wear a ball gown while apologizing for her tone-deafness.
So there you have it, folks. To sum up: the wife of a man who made a fortune off of foreclosing on tens of thousands of homeowners unloads on a commoner for being common, then expresses her sincerest regrets for being so out of touch in a ball gown.
You can see more of Linton’s new lease on life after her “wake up call” on her Instagram, which is now public again.