Former First Lady Michelle Obama shocked many over the weekend when she cursed during her promotional tour for her new book Becoming.
While speaking on Saturday at the 19,000-seat Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the first lady that “sh*t” doesn’t work all of the time when asked about women’s equality.
Obama claimed that women can’t experience equality in both their personal and professional lives “at the same time,” calling the idea a “lie” and arguing that “marriage still ain’t equal, y’all.”
“And it’s not always enough to lean in, because that s*** doesn’t work all the time,” she said.
Obama quickly followed that up by saying: “I forgot where I was for a moment.”
“I thought we were at home, y’all,” she added. “I was gettin’ real comfortable up in here. All right, I’m back now. Sometimes that stuff doesn’t work.”
Obama was referring to Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, who wrote about the “lean in” concept in her 2013 book, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead.”
Sandberg argued that women should take assertive action to overcome workplace inequities and obtain leadership roles.
Bizarrely enough, the full video clip of the event doesn’t appear to be online anywhere.
The only clip used by several mainstream media outlets can be seen below, which shows the crowds reaction afterwards when Obama is trying to walk back her comment.
— Deirdre Bardolf (@deirdrebardolf) December 2, 2018
Social media users went crazy after her comments scorched across the platform.
Let me get this right….Michelle Obama uses the word "shit" in her book promotion–and the crowd goes wild with their "lives changed forever"? Really? Well, shit!… https://t.co/ai01A2Lgsb
— Stephen Meade (@StephenMeadeLA) December 2, 2018
Cute moment at Michelle Obama’s book event tonight at the Barclays—she was getting into it & she said, “That lean in shit doesn’t always work!” Everyone freaked out that the First Lady had said "shit.” Michelle, too. She apologized. “I forgot where I was for a moment!” But…
— Touré (@Toure) December 2, 2018
Anyone got a video of foul-mouthed Michelle Obama going full ghetto trash last night on her book tour and saying "That shit doesn't work all the time," speaking of women "Leaning In" and her need for marriage counseling?
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) December 2, 2018
Obama’s book tour began last month and it has been full of eyebrow raising comments.
Last month, she gave an interesting response when asked about Hillary Clinton running for president again in 2020.
After Obama said she has no intention to run, host Robin Roberts asked if there’s any potential candidates that she believes could challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
“At this point, I think everybody’s qualified and everybody should run,” Obama said, not denying the report or speculation that Clinton could be gearing up for a third run at the White House.
.@MichelleObama on whether Hillary Clinton should run for president in 2020: "I think at this point everybody is qualified and everybody should run. I might even tap Sasha!" https://t.co/E6lGKfK6oR pic.twitter.com/Axrvs7SDZQ
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 13, 2018
In an interview prior to that, Obama told Roberts that she wrote in her book that she was upset and felt bullied when “certain people” labeled her as an “angry” black woman while she was in the White House.
“I was female, black and strong, which to certain people . . . translated only to ‘angry.’ It was another damaging cliché, one that’s been forever used to sweep minority women to the perimeter of every room . . . I was now starting to actually feel a bit angry, which then made me feel worse, as if I were fulfilling some prophecy laid out for me by the haters,” she wrote in her memoir.
Obama also does not mince words about Trump in her book, saying she will never “forgive him” for speaking about the birther controversy regarding her husband, former President Barack Obama.