Melania Trump look-alike reveals she's getting death threats after racy T.I. video
The actress portraying Melania Trump in T.I.'s controversial video has clapped back after revealing she's had death threats. In a video she recently shared she asks those who wish her dead to "relax and be kind."
T.I.’s controversial video featuring a racy Melania Trump lookalike is now reaching new heights. Following a move by Trump’s camp to encourage a boycott of the video, her doppelganger, Melanie Marden has a message for those issuing her death threats.
THE CONTROVERSIAL VIDEO
Twitter had a field day after a provocative video of T.I. was released featuring Marden as the first lady. In the clip, she stripped out of Trump’s famous “I REALLY DON’T CARE DO U?” jacket and climbed on top of the president's desk at the Oval Office. T.I. was behind the desk lighting a cigar.
A CALL FOR BOYCOTT
First to react was Trump’s communications director, Stephanie Grisham who slammed the video in a tweet. She described it as “disgusting” and added,
“How is this acceptable?...#BoycottT.I.”
Grisham also told People the video was disrespectful causing “further divisiveness and bias in our country.” She said, “It needs to stop.”
STRONG, BRAVE AND FEARLESS
In response, Marden defended her decision to portray a nude first lady. In an Instagram post bearing the text, “Be strong, be brave, be fearless,” she wrote,
“It was a creative choice for me, and also an opportunity to empower women. I stand firmly in my decision to share all of myself in this role. I wanted to be brave, be fearless and for the first time in my life 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. It was a hard decision for me but I’m proud of myself for being so brave.”
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Do you ❤️ Wow, I don’t usually post about haters but I need to, wow!!! This weekend I experienced this with my latest post of TI’s @troubleman31 new teaser of his music video - where I was hired (as an actress) not a stripper to portray Melania Trump @flotus It was a creative choice for me, and also an opportunity to empower women. I stand firmly in my decision to share all of myself in this role. I wanted to be brave, be fearless and for the first time in my life 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. It was a hard decision for me but I’m proud of myself for being so brave. I send love to all the people who called me names and made accusations or delivered hurtful insults. 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! I am an actress who played the role of #nakedMelania just like when @alecbaldwininsta Portrays Trump on @nbcsnl SNL. So now I start my week wishing you all the best and remember if you don’t have something nice to say, say nothing at all ❤️ Happy Monday. 🦋
NO NEED FOR DEATH THREATS
Days after that response, Marden posted a video where she reveals she’s been receiving death threats. Portraying Trump in the clip she calmly tells everyone,
“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.”
The actress, producer and cover girl ended her message by saying,
“God bless America…and Russia…and the Trumps.”
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#NakedMelania Response * * * #melaniatrump #flotus #tip #musicvideo #potus @realdonaldtrump @flotus #humor #laugh #lifeisshort #bekind #bebest #melaniemarden @insideedition @hollywoodlife @variety @alecbaldwininsta @etcanada @city_tv @dailymail @nbcsnl @hollywoodreporter @tmz_tv 💋
Marden told Inside Edition she’d been receiving all sorts of threats due to her involvement in T.I.’s video.
“Somebody [said] they were going to hit me with their car... somebody was going to take a baseball bat to me [and] somebody wished me to get raped and killed.”
Model Melanie Marden says one person told her she should be raped and killed for portraying the first lady as a stripper. https://t.co/mYnfYppbjL— HuffPost (@HuffPost) October 18, 2018
IT'S NOT POLITICAL
She insists she had no intention of making a political statement. Instead, she merely wanted to do something that challenged her comfort zone.
“It was an opportunity for me to step right outside my comfort zone and play the first lady, yes - naked - which I have never done before. I was brave and I took this on.”
She also explained she was in no way insulting the first lady whose husband “does a lot of bullying himself.”
“If I was insulting her and degrading her, then it would be one thing, but I don't think I was. I meant no harm. I'm Canadian... friendly neighbor to the North.”
NO DIFFERENT FROM ALEC BALDWIN
Marden believes her “#nakedMelania” portrayal is not any different from Alec Baldwin channeling Donald Trump on Saturday Night Live. The actor would regularly appear on the long-running show as the president. His latest skit featured him as Mr. Trump entertaining Chris Redd’s Kanye West in the Oval Office. As we all know, West, a vocal Trump supporter recently visited the White House. The rapper was slammed for what was described as his bizarre meeting with the president. Trump appeared impressed with West after his visit and even described him as a “smart cookie” who “gets it.”