Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharaoh are now facing a major backlash from Trump supporters after lampooning Melania. But will the President-Elect pull another Hamilton and directly demand an apology?
The American Music Awards didn’t exactly express a warm welcome to president-elect Donald Trump. Green Day shouted “No KKK, No Trump, No Fascist America.” SNL comedian and co-host Jay Pharaoh mocked Trump with a spot-on impersonation, saying,
“I love Bruno Mars. I don’t know what color he is, so I can’t deport him.”
Pharaoh furthered his Donald Trump impersonation, saying,
“I love ‘Uptown Funk,’ it was all totally about me. I’m going to funk this country up bigly.”
However, on social media, people couldn’t stop talking about one impersonation. Model and actress Gigi Hadid mocked Melania Trump’s accent (see below). With slanted eyes, pouted lips and a thick, fake accent, Hadid said,
“I love my husband, President Barack Obama and our children Sasha and Malia.”
AMA attendees laughed at and cheered the impersonation of Melania Trump at the RNC. Readers will remember that Melania Trump caught heat for apparently lifting her ‘inspirational speech’ from Michelle Obama. At the AMAs, Pharaoh called the impersonation “spot-on.”
Yet, online, not everyone’s laughing. Both Trump supporters and non-supporters blasted model Gigi Hadid.
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 ??
— li (@liamhulmes_) 21 de noviembre de 2016
Others called Hadid a hypocrite for mocking the future first lady, since apparently, the model’s parents are also, like Melania, immigrants.
@GiGiHadid You have ZERO class!! How dare you “mock” Melania Trump when your own PARENTS are immigrants!! Talk about a hypocrite!
— Diana (@MaidsbytheShore) 21 de noviembre de 2016
Futhermore, Hadid was labeled a racist, along with Pharaoh, the AMAs, and the ABC Network.
— A Chic Named Larry (@NurseLiberty) 21 de noviembre de 2016
Even more, users called her a bully, calling her imitation “distasteful.”
I never want to hear @GiGiHadid stand up for people being bullied. YOU ARE A BULLY!!! Disrespectful, and should be ashamed of yourself!
— Veronica Alanis (@veronicamalanis) 21 de noviembre de 2016
— Lisa Forsberg-Ley (@lisaforsbergley) 21 de noviembre de 2016
— linda (@nutmeg237) 21 de noviembre de 2016
Here’s the actual impersonation (starts around 2:20).
Hadid, Pharaoh, and ABC have yet to comment on Hadid’s impersonation.