On Thursday, Scarlett Johansson gave an interview at the Women in the World Summit in New York City, where she spoke about Ivanka Trump’s recent interview with CBS News, in which Ivanka said that her impact on the White House will happen behind-the-scenes.
In the interview, Ivanka said: “I don’t think that it will make me a more effective advocate to constantly articulate every issue publicly where I disagree. And that’s okay. That means that I’ll take hits from some critics who say that I should take to the streets and then other people will in, the long-term respect, where I get to. But I think most of the impact I have, over time most people will not actually know about.”
These words bothered Johansson. She told Arianna Huffington “It was kind of baffling, I have to say. It was really baffling. You can’t have it both ways, right? If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly, right?”
Recently, Ivanka Trump has been formally hired by the White House and given the official title of “Assistant to the President.”
Johansson didn’t think that Ivanka might be hiding something when saying her change would happened behind closed doors, but she was rather bothered by her fear to own up to her choices and influence.
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Johansson said: “I thought to myself, ‘Well, that’s empowering! How old-fashioned! This idea that behind a great man is a great woman. What about being in front of that person, or next to that person, or standing on your own?”
“It’s such an old-fashioned concept that to be this powerful woman, you can’t appear to be concerned with that someone’s going to think you’re ‘bitchy.’ I think powerful women often get concerned with this idea that they’re going to be seen in this unforgiving light,” she added. “Screw that! It’s so old-fashioned, and so uninspired and actually really cowardly.”
Johansson believes that Ivanka has an opportunity to make a “big impact, just by being vocal,” despite admitting she understands the complications of the situation she is in.
Johansson added: “I have met her several times in the past, we both grew up in New York and have some friends in common. And she’s a very well-spoken, smart and intelligent woman. And I think engaging. It baffles me. The whole situation baffles me.”
In recent months, Johansson has been outspoken about women’s rights, she participated and gave a speech to Jan. 21’s Women’s March on Washington.
She also criticized Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, who have been silent on executive orders that may contradict their personal beliefs, in a Saturday Night Live skit on March 11.
On the skit, she played Ivanka in an “advertisement for a perfume” called “Complicit,” the tagline was “the fragrance for the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”
In her CBS interview, Ivanka defended herself against the “complicit” criticism. She said she shares her opinions “with total candor” with her father in private.
Ivanka said: “If being complicit is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit. I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I am doing.”
She continued saying: “I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but I hope time will prove I have done a good job and that my father’s administration is the success I know it will be. I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence.”