Melanie Marden has had to endure death threats following her decision to portray Melania Trump. She refuses to go back on her action, calling it "brave."
The video depicted T.I as the president sitting at a desk in the Oval Office. Marden is wearing nothing but a coat saying "I really don't care. Do u?" Marden's Instagram post is found below.
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The first lady was criticized in June when she wore the jacket to visit migrant children in Texas. Last week, she referred to herself as "the most bullied person in the world."
In the clip, Marden danced provocatively in front of the rapper. Marden described the scene as "a creative choice and "an opportunity to empower women."
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The picture she shared on Instagram said, "Be strong. Be brave. Be fearless." In her caption, Marden reiterated it, adding she also wanted "for the first time in my life [to] do a role that required nudity."
"The body is nothing to be ashamed of. In this time where women are finally speaking up about being victimized, I felt good about being a strong enough woman to portray a nude First Lady."
Marden spoke directly to those who criticized her. She sent "love to all the people who called [her] names and made accusations or delivered hurtful insults."
She added: "These are clearly deep wounds inside of you. That have nothing to do with me. For that I am sad and wish you much healing."
"To all the political people threatening me, I remind you this is a music video ~ Relax!"
Instagram users denounced the video. Women opined Marden was delusional in thinking it was a way to empower women.
Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump called the music video "disgusting" in a tweet on Saturday.
"How is this acceptable?" Grisham's tweet read. She added hashtags "#disgusting" and "#boycott."
T.I himself posted the clip on Twitter with the caption: "Dear 45, I ain't Kanye." He was referencing a meeting Kanye West had with Donald Trump last week.
"45" is a code word originating from Donald being the 45th US President. His opposers sometimes use it in place of his name.
Left-leaning supporters deemed West's words inside the Oval Office as highly offensive.
In comparison, T.I.'s music video was also regarded as disrespectful by many. And Marden's role in it was mainly perceived as a lack of respect for her own self.