Gigi Hadid Decided to Do a Melania Trump Impression on National TV
Gigi Hadid isn’t exactly known for her comedic timing, but last night she gamely made the most of her co-hosting gig at the American Music Award, not letting co-host comedian Jay Pharoh make all the jokes.
While most of her material will be forgotten, her Melania Trump imitation made quite an impression.
Putting on an Eastern European accent and her best Melania pout, Gigi said, “I love my husband, President Barack Obama. And our children Sasha and Malia,” in an obvious reference to that time Melania plagiarized Michelle Obama’s speech.
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 21, 2016
And while Gigi’s material may not seem like razor sharp shade to you, there was a handful of people who complained about it or tried really hard to find it offensive.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) November 21, 2016
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) November 21, 2016
— Jloza (@JohnLoza07) November 21, 2016
@TheFactsOfShade racist much? Smh
— ° (@coolgirlisback1) November 21, 2016
Gigi Hadid showed the highest form of disrespect possible to the next first lady. Unforgivable! #AMAs
— Gary Moring (@GaryMolten) November 21, 2016
— Lauren James (@LaurenJlovalova) November 21, 2016
.@GiGiHadid‘s mother has an incredibly thick accent herself, so I especially don’t get the low brow, cheap digs at our new first lady.
— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) November 21, 2016
@GiGiHadid your impression of Melania was disrespectful and ignorant! U may be attractive on the outside but u r pure UGLY on the inside!
— Patriot Girl (@DizzeeDivas1) November 21, 2016
And even though Gigi probably won’t respond to any of this controversy, you know what she’d probably say if she did?
That it was a joke, and she’s sorry if it offended you, but that’s showbiz.
JK, she’d say something about how she never meant for it to come off as offensive because she doesn’t think bullying is cool, but honestly, we hope she doesn’t apologize, because she doesn’t have to.
If we live in a world where people can’t poke fun at our public figures, then we don’t really have freedom of speech anymore and that’s way easily way more upsetting than any lukewarm impression that a supermodel comes up with.
It’s gonna be a long four years, people.