Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made history Thursday night, becoming the first woman to formally accept a major party’s presidential nomination.
However, on Twitter, there were a lot of people who seemed concerned that whatever Clinton was doing with her face during the speech was somehow wrong.
— Steve Clemons (@SCClemons) July 29, 2016
Hillary Clinton has literally NO emotion at allll what a damn robot. She has to pause and force herself to smile
— zachromatica (@zfaiar) July 29, 2016
& hillary's smile is creepy as Fuk dogg
— andrew (@lowkeylord) July 29, 2016
It's quite unnatural for someone to smile as much as Hillary
— Fun Guy (@tadessemehret) July 29, 2016
Hillary Clinton is like Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest except less pleasant. She has no idea how to smile when… https://t.co/KMj7PP3eA9
— eric golub (@TYGRRRREXPRESS) July 29, 2016
— Nick Fit (@NickFlit) July 29, 2016
Hillary's speech coach backstage mouthing "TOO SHOUTY…TOO SHOUTY…SMILE…SMILE"#DemsInPhilly
— Eli Bosnick (@elibosnick) July 29, 2016
— Rock (@RockTheGoodAg) July 29, 2016
SMILE THROUGH THE FEELINGS HILLARY THEY WON'T SHOW
— are stars sentient??? (@CalvinVerteuil) July 29, 2016
— Veteran Market Timer (@3Xtraders) July 29, 2016
Naturally, these smile comments attracted a swift and visceral reaction from those who saw sexism in the criticism of Clinton’s appearance.
Men: Hillary should smile
— double masked dai 😷🇨🇦🇨🇴 (@daibyday) July 29, 2016
Can't believe the men who are tweeting Hillary should smile more. Get used to it! #DemsInPhilly
— (((Katha Pollitt))) (@KathaPollitt) July 29, 2016
Bros: If you can manage to not disparage how she speaks, you'll be two steps ahead of all the other bros ;)
— Dave Jamieson (@jamieson) July 29, 2016
Clinton wasn’t the only person whose mouth-shape attracted criticism. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who seemed more than a little miffed that it wasn’t him up on the stage, was also chided for not showing his pearly whites when the camera panned his way.
I thought Bernie's lack of a smile was the perfect commentary. If you were stabbed in the back, you'd frown, too.
— Mike Gibson (@papreps) July 29, 2016
— Josh Greenberg (@josh_greenberg) July 29, 2016
So I guess that barnburner of a speech Bernie made isn't enough for some of you mf's, he's gotta smile like an Amway salesman, too
— Jim Gabriel (@flipyourface) July 29, 2016
Would it kill Bernie to smile?
— Josh Dorner (@JoshDorner) July 29, 2016
— Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen) July 29, 2016
Live shot of Bernie Sanders. pic.twitter.com/sL8N650oKw
— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) July 29, 2016
Smiling: everyone is doing it wrong—except, of course, Joe Biden. Everyone knows good ol’ Diamond Joe knows how to grin with the best of ’em.
— Kaylee Smith (@Smith1Kaylee) May 16, 2016