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Jenny Slate Is Ashamed Of 'Fake Feminist' Ivanka Trump

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Actress Jenny Slate has lashed out at Ivanka Trump, the daughter of President Donald Trump, accusing her of not being a good representative for women.

Slate, during an interview with The Guardian to promote her new film "Gifted," was asked what good fame can provide.

"Fame can be helpful to do good in the world, to spread a message in a specific voice," she said, adding that because of her Twitter following, she can support Planned Parenthood and her voice will be heard.

Slate also said that she thought the artistic community and everyone else had a responsibility to speak out because "what's going on is terrifying and despicable. It's really an emergency."

When asked to comment on Ivanka and the criticism she has received for her work in her father's administration, Slate said: "I think that Ivanka Trump is a fake feminist who will go down in history as someone who really betrayed human beings and who should be ashamed of herself."

"I'm ashamed of her," Slate continued. "I think she's really gross and her husband [Jared Kushner] as well."

Ivanka has faced criticism of her feminism before, such as in a review of her second book, "Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success."

Michelle Goldberg, a Slate communist and author, blasted Ivanka's take on the topic: "This is not a book about policy or about navigating the minefield of male-dominated corporate culture. Much of it is a celebration of the unlimited possibilities open to working women when they have full-time household help."

Goldberg went on to say that in Ivanka's world, "working women's most pressing challenges are the 'narrative' about their place in the culture and their insufficient retail choices."

Goldberg said she found Ivanka's book to be "really vapid," but added that she also found a "subtle political current running through it" that helped explain how "the socially liberal Ivanka can work for her misogynist ogre of a father," asserting that both Trumps see society "through the lens of quasi-mystical corporate self-help."

"If Ivanka Trump hasn’t expressed any outrage at the cruelties her father is inflicting on the poor and vulnerable, it may well be because she doesn't feel any," Goldberg wrote.

At the G20 women's summit in April, Ivanka described herself as a feminist, according to the Irish Times, and suggested many women do not embrace feminism because they fear that they do not tick every box that the term demands.

Sources: The Guardian, Slate, Irish Times / Photo credit: CleftClips/Flickr

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