So Scarlett Johansson played Ivanka Trump in a Saturday Night Live skit. She bombed it; she wasn’t even funny or clever, and Twitter users would agree with me on this.
But the bigger problem with Scarlett as Ivanka is that now, she sees herself as the unofficial spokesperson for all things Ivanka-related. Even worse, she is considering running for public office. She even got a new Liz Warren haircut to go with that role.
“If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly,” she said at the World Summit in New York City on Thursday. “You can’t have it both ways.”
The Hollywood actress continued by tut-tutting about a statement Ivanka made yesterday, “which I found particularly disappointing”: trying to influence her father’s decisions “behind the scenes.”
“How old fashioned, this idea that behind a great man is a great woman?” she scoffed as the audience laughed. “What about being in front of that person or next to them or standing on your own?”
“It’s such an old-fashioned concept,” she continued. “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, and it’s so uninspired and actually, I think, really cowardly. And I was so disappointed by that interview she gave yesterday.”
The eye-roll here is visible. Scarlett is not a politician, as much as she wants to be. She’s an actress who played a woman she barely knows on television aside from having “met her several times in the past.” How does Scarlett know Ivanka isn’t perfectly successful on her own, or doesn’t have a perfectly loud enough voice in her father’s White House? Many would even argue Ivanka’s voice is too loud for a president’s daughter.
But she wants to be a politician someday, and she’s TV- and internet-famous, so the media will give her a platform for it. Get ready for Trump’s Hollywood: an inspired generation of wannabe politicians straight out of a film set, and a whole lot of television ratings to go with it.