A 27-year-old transgender model and activist, is facing backlash after removing her top at a recent White House event, with many voicing their disapproval and referring to the incident as an “international embarrassment.”
The 27-year-old was one of many guests attending a Pride celebration at the White House last Saturday.
Rose Montoya’s act, which involved her revealing her breasts on the grounds in front of the Truman Balcony, was caught on camera. She then shared the video on her Instagram account on Monday. This act took place in the backdrop of the Pride flag and was followed by commentary and speeches by President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.
Radio host Dana Loesch was among those who publicly criticized the act, as did Bernard Kerik, the former New York Police Commissioner. Kerik has a controversial past himself, having been convicted of tax fraud and lying to White House officials. His prison term was later pardoned by former President Trump.
Montoya’s actions were questioned on the grounds of decorum and appropriateness. She defended her actions, citing Washington, D.C.’s law that doesn’t prohibit women from going topless in public. In a response video, Montoya affirmed, “Going topless in DC is legal, and I fully support the movement to free the nipples,” and further challenged the negative reactions she received.
However, her behavior has led to a rebuke from the White House, and Montoya has been banned from future events. A spokesperson from the White House labeled the act as “inappropriate and disrespectful,” adding that it was not a representation of the event intended to celebrate LGBTQI+ families.
The event was also criticized for displaying the Pride flag at an equal level to the American flag, with some military veterans asserting this act as diminishing the American flag. U.S. Rep. Cory Mills, an Army veteran, and Chad Robichaux, a Marine veteran, both expressed their disappointment at this.
This incident, as well as the flag controversy, has given rise to a wave of discussions and differing opinions, serving to highlight the ongoing debates over issues of propriety, respect, and representation.