Model Melanie Marden revealed she is getting death threats over her decision to portray Melania Trump as a stripper in T.I. latest video.
During an interview with Inside Edition, Marden said, “Somebody was going to hit me with their car.”
Other threats included rape, death and a beating with a baseball bat.
I ain’t Kanye. 😳 pic.twitter.com/BCS8nkbn1M
— T.I. (@Tip) October 13, 2018
The video, which the Atlanta rapper shared on Saturday, depicts the president leaving the White house and T.I. sitting in the Oval Office when Marden drops her “I really don’t care do U?” jacket to expose her naked body.
Trump received harsh criticism when she wore the same jacket in June during a visit to see migrant children in Texas.
The Canadian look-alike doesn’t find anything degrading or insulting about the Oval Office scene. She was shocked by the reaction because she didn’t take the role to make a political statement.
“It was an opportunity for me to step right outside my comfort zone and play the first lady – yes, naked, which I’ve never done before,” she explained.
— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) October 19, 2018
Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s spokeswoman, demanded a boycott of T.I. and called the video “disrespectful and disgusting.”
“The first lady’s husband does a lot of bullying himself,” Marden said. “They’ve got some thick skin. If I was insulting her and degrading her, then it would be one thing, but I don’t think I was.”
The model considered continuing her portrayal of Trump. She uploaded a video to Instagram Marden hitting back at her detractors.
“Music and art should unite us,” she said in an accent mimicking the First Lady.
“I would like to address some of the response I had. Yes, I was naked, but I’ve been naked before. For those of you who love my husband, I love him too, but there is no need for death threats. Life is short. Relax and be kind. Be best. God bless America, Russia and the Trumps.”
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.