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People Are Defending Malia Obama After She Was Attacked For Smoking

"Let Malia Obama live."

Posted on August 10, 2016, at 1:34 p.m. ET

People are defending Malia Obama after she was shamed online for smoking at the Lollapalooza music festival last month.

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A video purportedly from the festival shows the 18-year-old holding something to her mouth and smoking it. Other people dance in the foreground.

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The teen recently graduated from the exclusive Sidwell Friends School in Washington, DC, and is heading to Harvard University next year for college after taking a gap year.

The video was published Wednesday by Radar Online, which called it a "new low" for "wild child" Malia.

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Other publications soon followed, with the New York Post declaring Malia won't be able to "roll out of this one" after she was "caught smoking what looks like a joint."

As the rumors grew, many people took the opportunity to shame the first daughter and President Obama.

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The president has said he smoked weed in his youth.

"So much for all-American girl status," one person said.

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But amid the hate, people are standing up for Malia. They say it's unfair to apply such harsh scrutiny to a teenager.

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They said Malia should be left alone.

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Can she live?

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"I don't care if Malia Obama is smoking cigarettes, or smoking pot. I don't care if she's licking toads, for God's sake. Let her be a teen," one person wrote.

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Others questioned why people were recording Malia in the first place.

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"So...we're all gonna trip about Malia Obama smoking weed? I'm more concerned with the fact she has 'friends' sharing these videos," one person wrote.

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Even Meghan McCain, daughter of former Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain — who ran against Obama in 2008 — came to Malia's defense.

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The White House did not respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed News.

David Mack contributed to this article.

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