It’s not easy being known as #NakedMelania.
Melanie Marden, the actress who portrayed a stripping Melania Trump in T.I.’s highly controversial music video, revealed that the role has made her the target of threats, insults, and general online bullying.
T.I.’s music video has been a source of controversy since the Atlanta rapper posted it on Twitter earlier this month. In the video, which is a teaser for his upcoming album "Dime Trap," Marden plays Melania Trump. She walks into the Oval Office wearing nothing but the first lady's infamous Zara jacket reading "I REALLY DON'T CARE, DO U?" and a pair of heels. She then gets naked and dances on the desk where T.I. is sitting.
A spokesperson for the First Lady called the visuals “disgusting” and suggested a boycott of T.I. but, as Marden took to Instagram this week to explain, T.I. isn’t the only one who’s had to face backlash because of the video.
Alongside a graphic reading “Be strong. Be brave. Be fearless,” Marden addressed the controversy in a lengthy caption on Monday, explaining that she was hired “(as an actress) not a stripper,” and defending her decision to take the role, despite the fact that it’s led to many “hurtful insults” being hurled her way.
“It was a creative choice for me, and also an opportunity to empower women,” she wrote. “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.”
The decision was a difficult one, she explained, but, ultimately, she felt proud of herself for being brave enough to take the role.
She went on to address the cyberbullying she’s experienced after T.I. shared the video clip online, writing, “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!”
Marden ended her post by comparing her performance to Alec Baldwin’s famous Donald Trump impersonation on “Saturday Night Live.”
“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,” she wrote.
Marden later told Inside Edition she's gotten death threats since the video clip's release. "Somebody was going to hit me with their car. Somebody was going to take a baseball bat to me. Somebody wished me to get raped and then killed."
"The first lady's husband does a lot of bullying himself," Marden continued. "So 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."
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