Gigi Hadid’s latest Instagram posts are a photo of her boyfriend feeding a horse, and her two covers for Vogue Korea. Over on Twitter, a pinned tweet promotes her sunglasses line, Gigi Hadid for Vogue Eyewear. Standard stuff. Those are the kinds of posts you might expect from a 22-year-old supermodel, but Hadid also happens to be Muslim, and recent events have brought out her political side.
Last month, after Trump announced that he was banning transgender people from military service, Hadid urged her Twitter followers to sign a petition calling his actions “disgraceful” and “transphobic.”
This week, after the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville and Trump’s weak and passive-aggressively racist response, Hadid used Twitter to explain the First Amendment of the Constitution to her 5.8 million followers. She shared a note pointing out that the freedom of speech guaranteed in the First Amendment has its limits. People can’t just say whatever they want.
I’m embarrassed & saddened by the state of our country.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) August 16, 2017
This is TERRORISM.
RACISM/HARASSMENT TO THIS DEGREE IS NOT PROTECTED BY THE 1st Am. pic.twitter.com/FsDEJAVCBT
In a follow-up tweet, she emphasized the point, because some of her followers didn’t seem to be getting it. Responding to a tweet that the original poster has since deleted, she wrote, “Hate speech is unfortunately protected under the First Amendment. ‘Fighting Words’ are not.”
Hadid is correct, as Newsday explains in this article. Hate speech and political speech are protected, but threatening speech is not. If she ever gets bored with modeling, she could totally teach American History—although her hotness might distract from the lessons.