Louise Linton pulls Valentino heel out of her regretful mouth – Los Angeles Times
Louise Linton would perhaps like to be known for the films she’s appeared in and the philanthropic endeavors she’s undertaken, but that’s not why she was thrust into the spotlight this week.
While she’s played small supporting roles in a handful of films with high-profile actors, including Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep in “Lions for Lambs,” and starred in “Scavengers,” she wasn’t the sort of celebrity who regularly turned up in gossip blogs.
Then she caused social media to blow up, was ridiculed internationally and wound up issuing an apology on Tuesday for “inappropriate and highly insensitive” behavior.
How did that happen?
Two months ago, the 36-year-old Linton married Steven T. Mnuchin, 54, President Trump’s Treasury secretary. On Monday, Linton accompanied her husband to Kentucky, where he went to discuss a tax plan he supports but many worry would benefit the wealthy.
Linton later posted a picture on Instagram of her and Mnuchin descending from the plane. The caption catalogued her expensive outfit:
“Great #daytrip to #Kentucky! #nicest #people #beautiful #countryside #rolandmouret pants #tomford sunnies, #hermesscarf #valentinorockstudheels #valentino #usa
Sure, Instagram is for showing off, but the post struck many people as insensitive, at best, given that she was traveling at taxpayer expense and appeared to be bragging about an exceptionally lavish wardrobe.
(A Treasury spokesman issued a statement later that said the Mnuchins reimbursed the government for Linton’s travel expenses.)
But that wasn’t where it ended.
One of the responses on Instagram came from a woman named Jenni Miller, who wrote: “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable”
Instead of ignoring Miller, as any public relations consultant would have begged her to do, Linton responded in a message dripping with snark and fury:
“Did you think this was a personal trip?! Adorable!” Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel!?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day ‘trip’ than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours….”
The Instagram post has since been deleted and Linton set her account to private, but the damage had been done, prompting Tuesday’s public apology.
“I apologize for my post on social media yesterday as well as my response,” the statement said. “It was inappropriate and highly insensitive.”
Vanity Fair estimates that Linton’s outfit cost thousands of dollars; her sunglasses alone sell for $445 and the Hermes scarf for $940.
Linton describes herself as “a passionate advocate for people and animals” and is involved in a number of philanthropic activities, including serving on the board of the UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital and Ambassador for the Scottish Butterfly Trust for Cystic Fibrosis.
She has shown off her lavish lifestyle many times before. Town & Country magazine featured her in a piece in which she discussed the various jewelry pieces she planned to wear to her June 24 wedding (where the guests included Trump and First Lady Melania Trump). She has graced the covers of several other prominent magazines.