Sunday night, runway model Gigi Hadid made headlines everywhere when she attempted a Melania Trump impression at the AMAs.
It was not so well received by the public:
Thousands of Americans took to Twitter to express their disdain for the star's comic attempt.
As a refresher, here is a sum up of the general consensus:
Suffice it to say the “it girl” heard their opinions.
In response, Hadid tweeted a handwritten letter to the public to display her “respectful” concern and intentions:
The letter reads:
"I was honored to host the AMA's last night and to work with some of the most respected writers in the business.
I removed or changed anything in the script that I felt took the joke too far, and whether or not you choose to see it, what remained was done in good humor and with no bad intent.
I too have been the center of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and was able to find the humor in it.
I believe Melania understands show business and the way shows are written and run. I apologize to anyone that I offended & have only the best wishes or our country. Respectfully, Gigi"
Although the future FLOTUS is no stranger to the lime light, and has already dealt with multiple impressions on late night talk shows, Hadid's defense assumes that Melania's career in modeling has prepared her for the intense scrutinization the First Family is exposed to.
Hadid also compared her own experiences in the public eye as a model with 25 million followers on Instagram to Melania's now 301 million Americans followers as the First Lady:
“I too have been the center of a nationally televised comedy skit that poked fun at my actions, and was able to find the humor in it.”
Responses to Hadid's letter are very mixed.
One man told Hadid not to sweat it:
While another person disagreed with that sentiment:
Another person got right down to it:
And one fan simply rejected the whole apology and opted to boycott Hadid's brand deals:
But Hadid wasn't the only star on stage Sunday night. Co-host Jay Pharoah took to Facebook to defend the comedic skit:
He followed his post that justified the Melania Trump impression with a tweet regarding his profession in general:
Regardless of political or patriotic stance, when it comes to publicity the AMAs made out like a bandit. They're probably thanking their lucky supermodel stars.