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Gigi Hadid Faces Major Backlash Over Her ‘Racist’ Melania Trump Impression During AMAs Hosting Gig

The new supermodel war? Gigi Hadid is under fire for her Melania Trump impression while cohosting the 2016 American Music Awards at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Sunday, November 20. Watch the talked-about moment in the video above!

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The 21-year-old supermodel mocked Donald Trump’s former model wife and poked fun at her RNC speech that was plagiarized from Michelle Obama’s address at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. 

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Gigi Hadid did an impression of Melania Trump at the AMAs on Sunday night. Matt Sayles/Invision/AP

“This is my Melania Trump impression. I have to get the face right,” the Victoria’s Secret model told the crowd before making a duck face. “I love my husband President Barack Obama and our children, Sasha and Malia,” she said, imitating a thick Eastern European accent and reminding viewers of the plagiarism scandal. 

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Many viewers weren’t too happy with Hadid’s snarky impersonation of the 46-year-old Slovenia native. “Gigi Hadid’s frankly racist impression of Melania Trump is really unacceptable,” one tweeter wrote, while another added, “Making fun of Melania’s English accent is overdone, rude, and kinda racist. Gigi could’ve done better.”

Others pointed out that people should be proud that the first lady–elect is multilingual. “@GigiHadid Melania Trump speaks 5 languages… I’m not a Trump supporter in any way but publicly humiliating her for having an accent? #NOTOK.” 

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Meanwhile, some were confused by the joke since both of Hadid’s parents are immigrants and have accents. Her mom, Yolanda Hadid, is from the Netherlands and her father, Mohamed Hadid, is from Israel. “Disappointed Gigi Hadid ridiculed first lady elect Melania Trump. Mean spirited and in poor taste. For record, Hadid’s mom has an accent,” one tweeter wrote.

See more reaction’s to Hadid’s AMAs skit below:

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