On Thursday, President Donald Trump hosted several conservative digital and social media personalities at the White House for a social media summit in which he praised their work on multiple platforms. Among them, was conservative singer-songwriter Joy Villa, who is much loved (and vilified) on social media for her extravagant gowns that do not need much interpreting.
The performer has made headlines in the past for her outfits, including her 2017 Grammy Awards "Make America Great Again" gown, her 2019 Grammys gown which read "Build the Wall" and the pink latex dress that read "F*** Planned Parenthood" to the Unplanned premiere.
For the social media summit, Villa turned once again to her trusted designer, Desi Designs Couture, to create a wholly unique look that, she says, even President Donald Trump noticed.
Villa, arriving to the summit in a red, white and blue mermaid gown with the word "freedom" at the bottom, was perhaps nodding toward the alleged censorship of conservatives on social media and prevention of freedom of speech.
.@realDonaldTrump just told me from the podium..."stand up. I like your dresses. Saw you the other day. You looked fantastic " 😭👑🙏🏽🇺🇸🥰❤️💕😆— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) July 11, 2019
"[President Trump] just told me from the podium...'stand up. I like your dresses. Saw you the other day. You looked fantastic,'" Villa tweeted.
.@realDonaldTrump to me from the podium “You wear those dresses. You’re very brave there in Hollywood. You’re a fantastic actress, singer songwriter.” I had a chance to get the mic & told him: “You have a lot of secret support in Hollywood. More then you know.” 🙏🏽🇺🇸❤️— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) July 11, 2019
She followed up, writing, "[Trump] to me from the podium 'You wear those dresses. You’re very brave there in Hollywood. You’re a fantastic actress, singer songwriter.' I had a chance to get the mic & told him: 'You have a lot of secret support in Hollywood. More then you know.'"
However, the self-proclaimed "citizen journalist" caused even more of a stir while speaking with media covering the event today.
“You have a lot of power and you have to use it wisely,” Trump told his right-wing guests at the summit. “You communicate with our citizens without going through the fake news filter."
Following Trump's remarks in the Rose Garden, Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump adviser, got into a heated argument with Playboy correspondent Brian Karem. After Gorka left the situation, Villa addressed the press.
Unbelievable. 🤷🏽♀️ journalism! This @playboy ‘Reporter’ tried to tell us he’s not #fakenews by yelling at us, calling us “demonic” (weird) & threatening #SebGorka In the @whitehouse rose garden.😂— Joy Villa (@Joy_Villa) July 11, 2019
Are you kidding me? #socialmediasummit
DRESS @desidesigns_couture pic.twitter.com/ycHUasGucr
"We're citizen journalists and we respect you guys, but you got to stop reporting fake news," Villa said.
When asked by Karem about copyeditors fact-checking the "citizen journalists" Villa responded, "We don't need to have that, because we have our voice. We have an unbiased opinion."
"Be a gentleman and behave," Villa told the reporter.
A full list of participants of the summit was not released, but Villa's fellow guest included Ali Alexander, who spread a false conspiracy theory that Sen. Kamala Harris, who was born in California, was not an "American black," Jim Hoft of the conspiracy website Gateway Pundit and YouTube personality Tim Pool, who helped push the false conspiracy theory that murdered DNC staffer Seth Rich leaked hacked emails to WikiLeaks. No one in attendance is believed to have been actually banned from the major social media platforms. Social media companies, such as Twitter, Facebook and Google, were not invited to attend.
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