Sunday 22 October 2017

Scarlett Johansson blasts 'uninspired' Ivanka Trump for 'cowardly' interview

Ivanka Trump, centre, Scarlett Johansson, top left, Scarlett as Ivanka in an SNL sketch, bottom left
Ivanka Trump, centre, Scarlett Johansson, top left, Scarlett as Ivanka in an SNL sketch, bottom left
Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump on SNL
Scarlett Johansson. REUTERS/Mike Blake
Ivanka Trump delivers remarks at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum during an event highlighting women who study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics March 28, 2017 in Washington DC. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured the museum as part of Women's History Month. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump smiles while speaking at a CEO town hall on the American business climate at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building inWashington, U.S., April 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Romain Dauriac and Scarlett Johansson attend the Singular Object Art Opening Cocktail Reception at 53W53 Gallery on April 5, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)

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Scarlett Johansson has slammed Ivanka Trump for her "cowardly" relationship to the American public.

The Ghost in the Shell actress recently portrayed the jewellery designer daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump in a Saturday Night Live skit, advertising a fake perfume called Complicit.

The viral TV spoof ad parodied Ivanka's controversial involvement with her billionaire father's political decisions as head of state, and when the skit was referenced during a CBS News interview with Gayle King on Wednesday, the 35-year-old fashion mogul defended herself as a behind-the-scenes advocate for the American people.

"I don’t know what it means to be complicit," multimillionaire Ivanka said during the interview, adding she confronts her dad "with total candour" on important issues.

Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump on SNL
Scarlett Johansson as Ivanka Trump on SNL

"I think that for me this isn’t about promoting my viewpoints," Ivanka declared. "I don’t think that it will make me a more effective advocate to constantly articulate every issue publicly where I disagree."

But superstar Scarlett opposes Ivanka's line of thinking and has slammed the designer for assuming a political role without making her thoughts on the issues public.

"I thought to myself, ‘Well that’s empowering'," Johansson sarcastically told the Huffington Post on Thursday after watching Ivanka's CBS News interview. "If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly."

Scarlett adds: "It’s such an old-fashioned concept that to be a powerful woman you can’t appear to be concerned. Screw that, it’s so old-fashioned, it’s so uninspired and actually really cowardly."

Scarlett Johansson arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images
Scarlett Johansson arrives on the red carpet for the 89th Oscars on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. / AFP PHOTO / VALERIE MACONVALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images

Ivanka, who was not elected into office, became an unpaid federal employee last month when she appointed herself special assistant to the President. Her husband Jared Kushner also serves as senior adviser to her father, and the family ties have drawn concerns about conflicts of interest, leading many critics to slam the administration for nepotism.

Ivanka Trump delivers remarks at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum during an event highlighting women who study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics March 28, 2017 in Washington DC. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured the museum as part of Women's History Month. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Ivanka Trump delivers remarks at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum during an event highlighting women who study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics March 28, 2017 in Washington DC. Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos toured the museum as part of Women's History Month. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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