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Have you seen T.I’s controversial video to his song “Dime Trap?” Well, if you haven’t- the features a lookalike of the first lady, Melani Trump, portrayed as a stripper. In the video, the lookalike is stripping for TIP as he is rapping along to the beat.
Actress Melanie Marden states she has been receiving death threats since being seen in the video. She defends herself by stating, she was hired as an “actress” not a stripper, to portray the First Lady. She also states that she stands firmly in her decision, as she sees it as an opportunity to empower women. She also wants to remind people that this is a music video.
She also states in an interview that she someone threatened to hit her with their car, and with a baseball bat.
Check out her response below:
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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.