Scarlett Johansson recently portrayed Ivanka Trump in a “Complicit” parody commercial for Saturday Night Live, but her feelings and frustrations with the first daughter overall are anything but humorous.
On Thursday, during a Q&A with Arianna Huffington at the Women in the World Summit in New York City, Scarlett Johansson said of Trump, “If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly. You can’t have it both ways.”
Johansson comments were in reference to Trump’s interview with CBS’s Gayle King on Wednesday, in which Trump said her impact in her father’s presidency would be more behind-the-scenes than overt.
Ivanka told King that she will be “advocating for the economic empowerment of women,” but that the impact won’t be a visible one.
“I think most of the impact I have over time most people will not actually know about,” she said.
Johansson wasn’t really on board with that, and joked, “Well, that’s empowering,” before saying, “It’s such an old-fashioned concept. Powerful women often get concerned with this idea that they’re going to be seen in this unforgiving light. Screw that. It’s so old-fashioned…it’s so uninspired and actually I think really cowardly.”
Johansson also said that Trump’s position of power as a close confidant of her father is a waste.
“She has an opportunity to really make a big impact just by being vocal… I’ve met her several times in the past, and she’s a very well spoken, smart, intelligent woman… the whole situation baffles me.”