Gigi Hadid released a statement about her controversial impersonation of Donald Trump’s wife, Melania Trump. While co-hosting the 2016 American Music Awards on Sunday, Gigi used a fake Eastern European accent to impersonate the future FLOTUS, according to Entertainment Online. The outrage of Hadid’s impersonation of the President-elect’s wife caused Hadid to pen a handwritten apology on Monday.
The Maybelline ambassador’s internationally televised dig referred to accusations that Melania plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech at the Republican National Convention. On social media, some deemed the impersonation to be “racist.”
“I love my husband, President Barack Obama. And our children Sasha and Malia.”
The 21-year-old model addressed the controversy on Twitter where she apologized “to anyone that I offended,” according to the Daily Mail.
“I was honored to host the AMAs last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business… I removed or changed anything in the script that I felt took the joke too far, and whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humor and with no bad intent.”
“I too have been the center of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions and was able to find the humor in it… I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run. I apologize to anyone that I offended and have only the best wishes for our country.”
One person tweeted, “I don’t understand why Gigi Hadid went in on Melania, was kinda random and was done without class. Poke fun at Trump, not his wife??”
Greg Gutfeld, a former host of Red Eye, asked on Twitter if Hadid planned on making fun of other accents in the future, according to the Daily Mail.
“[You] made fun of a woman’s eastern European accent! Hysterical! so—Africans and Mexicans tomorrow?”
Gigi hosted the show alongside Saturday Night Live alum Jay Pharoah. The comedian is well known for his celebrity impressions. He poked fun at President-elect Donald Trump during an SNL show. Jay impersonated Trump talking about the singer Bruno Mars, according to CNN.
“I love ‘Uptown Funk,’ it was all totally about me… I’m going to funk this country up bigly.”
Jay defended Hadid through a message he posted to Facebook on Monday. The comedian pointed out that First Lady Michelle Obama has also been called names and insulted over the past eight years and that they “exaggerated a speech that actually happened, where Melania clearly plagiarized… [We] didn’t call her ugly, mannish, or anything and everybody loses it? Really?”
Others on social media had a critical opinion on the tone of Gigi’s voice. Some tweeted that the model had a “beautiful smile, body, eyes, style, attitude,” but that she has a “terrible voice” and was “uncomfortable to watch.”
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The American Music Awards was Gigi’s first hosting gig. Regardless, many on Twitter disregarded the impersonation of Melania Trump and said the model needed to work on her own public speaking skills.
Alec Baldwin also did a Donald Trump impersonation on Saturday Night Live. Trump was not impressed with the performance. In fact, Trump tweeted that SNL was a “totally one-sided, biased show—nothing funny at all,” which prompted a series of serious responses from Alec on Twitter.
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