Trump supporters were quick to prove that they are not only fierce social media warriors to defend their leader, but the first family as well. At the American Music Awards on Sunday Night, host Gigi Hadid attempted to start the night off with some humor and what easier way to do so than to poke fun at the abomination that is our current political system. Instead of going after the obvious target, however, President Elect Donald Trump, Gigi went down the path less taken, and did a good ol’ Melania Trump impression. Excited to show off the acting chops that she has developed from starring in her boyfriend’s and best friend’s music videos (Pillowtalk and Bad Blood) respectively), Gigi pursed her lips, squinted her eyes and pushed out her best Slovenian accent.
The impression didn’t last long. Gigi squeezed in a quick, and rather overdone, joke about Melania copying Michelle Obama’s speech in July, and was onto her next pre-scripted joke, and, more importantly, costume change. Backlash started pouring in as soon as the clip aired. It ranged from diehard fans of the model, who were impressed that she could do anything other than wear clothing, to those who thought that the limited, and quiet, reaction from the crowd was funnier than the joke itself, to those who were downright offended:
Hadid’s team was quick to cut their losses, and apologize. After all, why start a war with a President Elect who is already notorious for Twitter rampages. After all, if the blonde beauty wants to maintain her reputation as America’s Sweetheart, and not be pushed (kicked, shoved, bitten, torn and forcefully removed) out of her spot by Ivanka (or Tiffany?), she best put on a smile, and at least pretend to like America’s first family. This statement was released on Gig’s Twitter account:
“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,” she writes in the note below. “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. Respectfully, G.”
Welp. That’s sort of an apology. I respect the move of the “apology” that let’s the world know that you really didn’t do a damn thing wrong. Frankly, her only crime is how bad she is in the comedy scene..