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Scarlett Johansson: Ivanka Is 'Cowardly' And Old-Fashioned

| by Denise Recalde

Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson has gone all out and criticized Ivanka Trump by explaining to an interviewer what it means to be "complicit."

The actress had recently hosted a show on "Saturday Night Live" that had her portraying Ivanka in a commercial selling a perfume named "Complicit." The parody pokes fun at the Ivanka Trump brand while underlining her role as a "complicit" player in a political administration that many liberals contend hurt women and minorities. 

The "Ghost in the Shell" actress, 32, let her sentiments be known on April 6 in an interview with Ariana Huffington at Tina Brown's Women in the World Summit.

According to the New York Daily News, the thespian called Ivanka's actions -- or inaction -- as "cowardly" and baffling. 

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Johansson's comment was made in response to Ivanka's statement in a recent CBS interview in which the first daughter claimed she did not know what it meant to be "complicit."

"I can't imagine how complicated it must be to see your parent in this sudden position that he is in, and know deep down, that it is a position that he never really wanted," she told Huffington. 

"It must be a unique and strange thing, but she has an opportunity to really make a big impact just by being vocal … she is a very well-spoken and smart, intelligent woman … but the whole situation baffles me."

The actress deemed the notion of Ivanka helping her father "behind closed doors" an outdated concept. 

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"[Ivanka] said … she felt that the greatest change she would make would be behind closed doors and nobody would actually know that she had made this change," Johansson said. 

"How old-fashioned, this idea that behind a great man is a great woman. You can't appear to be concerned that someone is going to think that you are b****y, or a powerful woman. Screw that, it is so old fashioned and it is so uninspired and actually really cowardly."

"She has an opportunity to really make a big impact just by being vocal," she said, Vanity Fair reports.

In her televised talk with CBS' Gayle King, however, Ivanka insisted she doesn't understand what it means to be complicit. 

"I don't know that the critics who say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am in now, would do any differently than I am doing," she said. "I don't know what it means to be complicit."

Ivanka has been slammed by critics for dubbing herself a "champion of women" when her father has been accused of sexual assault and intends to do little to support women's rights causes.  

Sources: New York Daily News, Vanity Fair / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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