Stephanie Grisham, a spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump has called for a boycott of rapper T.I. after he released a video portraying a Melania Trump look-alike stripper who does a striptease for him in the Oval Office. Fox News reports that, Tip released a promotional video for his new album “Dime Trap”. In a nutshell, this video basically shows #45 leaving the white house on a plane.
Then it shows T.I. sitting at a desk in the Oval Office. A Melania Trump look-alike comes walking out wearing nothing, but a jacket that has written on the back, “I really don’t care, do u?”, which is the jacket Melania wore when she went to McAllen, Texas to visit the New Hope Children’s Shelter back in June. (They are now saying that the caption on the back of the jacket was a message to the fake news media. Sure. Some people buy that… I don’t).
The Melania look-alike gets on the desk and does a strip tease, taking off the jacket for T.I. The real Melania’s spokesperson Stephanie Grisham tweeted “How is this acceptable? #disgusting #boycottT.T. and tagged him in the post. Melania retweeted it. Grisham told PEOPLE on Tuesday: “Like it or not, she is the first lady and this is the White House. It’s disrespectful and disgusting to portray her this way simply because of politics. These kinds of vulgar attacks only further the divisiveness and bias in our country — it needs to stop.” T.I. tweeted the video along with the caption, “Dear 45, I aint Kanye”. Do you think T.I. is exercising his first amendment rights or has he gone way too far?
I'm torn. I can see this as Tip exercising his first amendment rights. However, I must say, this video portrays Melania in a derogatory way. Melania has a past, just as many men and women have. It may not have been pretty, but it is what it is. As much as some people have a strong dislike for the Prezzi, it's sad to say, but Melania catches a lot of the hurled insults and backlash that comes with her husband. Does she deserve to be depicted in this manner as demonstrated in T.I.'s video? Absolutely not. I wouldn't want to see any women portrayed this way. We live in the era of #metoo. So many women are fighting for equal rights, equal pay, and a chance to just be heard and respected. As First Lady of the United States, she does deserve some respect. I'm not taking sides, but right is right and wrong is wrong. Sorry T.I.
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