LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Model Gigi Hadid faced social media backlash Sunday night after impersonating soon-to-be First Lady Melania Trump while hosting the American Music Awards.
Twitter users had mixed reactions. Some said Hadid’s impression was racist due to her fake accent, while others praised her.
Hadid’s impression evoked the controversy surrounding Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention in July, in which she allegedly plagiarized parts of current First Lady Michelle Obama’s 2008 Democratic National Convention speech.
Before she began what many called a tasteless impersonation, Hadid told co-host comedian Jay Pharoah she had to “get her face right” before pouting her lips.
“I love my husband, President Barack Obama, and our children, Sasha and Malia,” Hadid said in a European accent.
Twitter users pounced on Hadid right away.
Still others said Hadid “owned” the impression and didn’t have a problem with it.
Others are anticipating Donald Trump’s response after his weekend spent tweeting about the “Hamilton” cast “harassing” Vice President-elect Mike Pence and his anger over a “Saturday Night Live” sketch in which actor Alec Baldwin portrayed him.
Co-host Pharoah impersonated Donald Trump soon after, but didn’t receive the same backlash.