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Watch Melania Trump’s Bizarre 2005 Aflac Commercial, Which Donald Trump is Very Proud Of
When Donald Trump met with Aflac employees in the Oval Office to discuss tax cuts in early 2018, he noted that First Lady Melania Trump once starred in a TV ad for their company.
“Your chairman I know very well and he’s done a fantastic job,” he said, according to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “He actually a long time ago hired my wife to do a big commercial, an Aflac commercial, and think it was a successful commercial, too.”
Because the internet never forgets anything, a copy of the campy 2005 Aflac commercial starring the future First Lady and a talking duck can still be seen on YouTube.
Titled “The Experiment,” the ad opens on a mad scientist and his assistant scheming to swap the voice of a “lovely woman” (Trump, shown lying on the slab in a high-collared lace gown) for the company’s trademark duck, in order to sell the world on insurance with more “sex appeal.”
Trump has no lines in the ad except the end, when she opens her mouth and quacks like the Aflac duck before staring at her newly webbed feet in horror.
Funnily enough, the commercial was actually pretty significant for both Melania and Aflac. For one, it marked the model’s first acting gig.
“I am very excited to make my acting debut in the latest Aflac commercial,” she said in a statement to Adweek at the time. “Donald is known for saying ‘You’re fired’; maybe I will be known for saying ‘Aflac.'” Secondly, the ad marked the first time in several years that the company’s mascot said something other than “Aflac!”
Melania is not the only Trump to star in TV ads, however. Over the years, Donald Trump has starred in ads for everything from stuffed crust pizza (alongside former wife Ivana Trump) to McDonald’s (alongside Grimace) to his own Trump board game (alongside SNL star Phil Hartman).