LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Model Gigi Hadid issued an apology Monday after Twitter users criticized her for her impression of future First Lady Melania Trump while hosting the American Music Awards Sunday.
Many users said the impression was “tasteless” and some went so far as to call it racist because of the accent Hadid used.
Some pointed out the fact that Hadid speaks out against bullying, but seemingly bullied Trump with the impression.
Hadid posted a photo of her handwritten apology on Twitter Monday.
“I was honored to host the AMAs last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business,” the apology reads. “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.”
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.
Pharoah did an impression of President-elect Donald Trump soon after, but didn’t receive the same backlash.