By Ariel Scotti / October 16, 2018

Did T.I. Go Too Far With Melania Trump Lookalike as Stripper in His Video?

T.I. teased his controversial new video by declaring his opposition to Kanye West.

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T.I.'s new music video is being criticized as "lazy." (Dominik Bindl/Getty Images)

T.I.’s teaser for his upcoming music video featuring a stripper who greatly resembles First Lady Melania Trump is drawing heavy criticism as a “lazy” objection to the President.

The rapper shared the clip on Twitter Friday alongside a caption that reads, “I ain’t Kanye” — a direct jab to fellow artist Kanye West and his repeated praise of Trump.

“At one time it was a pleasure to work alongside you,” T.I. wrote on Instagram last week in response to West’s White House visit. “Now, I’m ashamed to have ever been associated with you.”

But his depiction of Melania Trump “as a slut” may backfire as a protest message. According to Esquire, the aesthetic is “a regressive and lazy way of protesting Trump politics and the First Lady’s complacency.”

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