Scarlett Johansson: Ivanka Trump is ‘so uninspired’ & ‘really cowardly’

There’s a bunch of news about Scarlett Johansson and I believe it’s all interconnected, especially after I read LaineyGossip’s piece about it. As we discussed earlier this week, Ghost in the Shell flopped HARD at the box office. It flopped so hard and the international box office projections are so bad that now Deadline reports that the film will probably end up losing $60 million or more. Like, when all is said and done, the film might be able to scrape together about $200 million domestically and internationally. But the film cost $250 million-plus to make and promote. So, yeah. That’s the bad story. That’s the story which Scarlett doesn’t want us to talk about: Ghost in the Shell is possibly Scarlett’s worst career move, not only financially, but image-wise too. Because now we know Scarlett has no problem playing Japanese characters in whitewashed movies.

So what is ScarJo doing to change the subject? Well, first of all, she wants you to know that she and Romain Dauriac are talking and getting along. She filed for divorce last month and Romain basically declared war on Scarlett. Romain wants full custody of their daughter and his lawyer was going crazy on Scarlett in the press. So Scarlett and Romain stepped out together two nights ago at the Singular Object Art Opening Cocktail Reception in NYC. They posed for photos and everything. So, talk about that, not whitewashing!

And finally, Scarlett decided to really talk about politics. Throughout the promotion of Ghost in the Shell, she was trying to keep everything pretty apolitical, but now? Now she needs to change the headline. Scarlett attended the Women in the World Summit and she did a discussion with Arianna Huffington. They ended up talking about Ivanka Trump. Here’s a partial transcript of what Scarlett said about Ivanka:

“I’ve been thinking a lot about Ivanka Trump actually, very recently. I’m sure you saw the interview she did with Gayle King yesterday. It was kind of baffling, I have to say, 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? And yesterday, she said something that I found particularly disappointing, which is that the greatest change she was going to make … would be behind closed doors, and nobody would actually know she made this change. 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?”

“It is such an old-fashioned concept that to be this powerful woman, you know, you can’t appear to be concerned, that someone is going to think that you are bitchy, or a powerful woman, you know, they get concerned with this idea that they are going to be seen in this unforgiving light and, you know, screw that, it is so old fashioned and it is so uninspired and actually really cowardly.

“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, and now he is in this position, and he finds himself there and I think it must be — I think as a daughter, someone who looks up to a parental figure like that, it’s a unique and strange thing. But she has the opportunity to really make a big impact, just by being vocal. And 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. … It baffles me, the whole situation baffles me.”

[From NY Magazine & USA Today]

So that’s why we’re getting headlines like “Scarlett called Ivanka Trump a coward!” That being said, Scarlett’s not wrong here. She’s possibly/probably trying to change the subject. But she’s not wrong. Ivanka’s message and position is cowardly, ornamental and old-fashioned.

Photos courtesy of Getty.

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  1. Christin says:

    I don’t think she was being harsh. She’s understandably baffled by the first daughter’s current stance.

    I think it’s about primarily about $$$$$ behind the scenes, but who knows.

  2. grabbyhands says:

    Pot, this is Kettle calling-you’re black!

    Oh, the bitter irony of one hypocritical white, rich woman trying to call out another white, rich woman for being cowardly and uninspiring when that was basically Scarlett’s whole tactic in trying to justify Ghost in the Shell.

  3. Nancy says:

    I agree with Scarlett all the way. It’s mind boggling how ivanka and her husband have taken over the white house simply because of their pedigree and dubious distinction of being the spawn of the devil. Everything in this administration is a first. Ivanka is so unaware, she thinks it is her right to have this entitlement that allows her so much power over us, while her wimpy little husband is planning what he perceives, not the people, or even his father-in-law is right for his reign of power. Time isn’t diminishing the horror of this family and what will happen to we the people who live under their regime. I don’t disagree with the bombing of Syria, in retaliation to what they did, however, I don’t for a second think it was Joffrey’s call.

    • Fiorella says:

      Not that I’m happy about the administration in general but her having an office I don’t see as a big thing in effect. Because even without an office any official can be influenced by his or her family members and close friends. The fact that they don’t care that it looks weird that she has an office is concerning but I don’t see her has having power or her having power a concern I mean look who else has power?!

      • perplexed says:

        But Ivanka explicitly said she’s a “force for good.” That indicates that she sees her role as being much bigger than just a family member who can exert an opinion.

      • Nancy says:

        She was given security clearance and is an unpaid (yeah right) senior advisor to her father, the PRESIDENT. So yes this is a big deal. This is the first time in history a first child held such rank. She sits in on meetings with dignitaries and is privy to secrets that she shouldn’t be. This isn’t his reality tv show where she got to sit on the board. This is real life. She and her husband have an agenda and if you think otherwise, mark your calendar and have a memory of the day you were told otherwise.

      • WTW says:

        @Nancy Not defending Ivanka at all, but this isn’t the first time a child of a president has had a White House position. John Eisenhower served on his father’s administration as well as Nixon’s. But John, unlike Ivanka, had a lot of military experience.

  4. Lightpurple says:

    Scarlett is not wrong. In fact, she is being kind.

    What I see is Ivanka pretending that she is this advocate, pretending that she’ll make a difference behind the scenes, when in reality, Ivanka is there to make money for the Trump brand above all us, ripping off the taxpayers if that is the way to do it. She seems to have little knowledge of the policies that affect the issues she pretends to advocate for and little interest in learning. So, pose for a picture with an astronaut and say you’re supporting women in STEM while Boss Daddy cuts funding for NASA and STEM programs for girls. Tweet that you support equal pay while Boss Daddy signs an EO allowing just the opposite. Post pictures of your kids while Boss Daddy sends out his minion to cast the deciding vote to defund Planned Parenthood.

    Scarlett, it is only baffling if you want to believe Ivanka has a heart and a conscience. She doesn’t have either. She is Princess Nagini the Corrupt of the Most Sacred Horcruxed Vagina and she is there to enrich and empower herself, nobody else.

  5. Ashley Nate says:

    Shut up Scarlett. The damage has already been done and we see what you’re trying to do, miss hypocrite. Can’t backtrack about whitewashing #neverforget

  6. Mia4s says:

    She’s entirely right…but yes I laughed when I saw this and her out with her ex. She was paid 17 million for her Asian extravaganza and blew it. Major bomb. She’s not getting 17 million next time. This is definitely damage control.

    People forget she was a child star. She’s been taught to sell, to control the image. Watch for her to play the game for the next few months because if her summer movie bombs too? Big problems.

  7. QQ says:

    LOL K, Pot .. I Mean whatever, Duke it out collect ya’lls own in public preferably, so yeah.. But Scarlett being the vessel… LOLOLOL

  8. Dorothy#1 says:

    I like Scarlett. Did she make a bad choice doing Ghost? Yes, but she is 100% accurate here.

  9. Stacy Dresden says:

    Scarlett is one hundred percent correct on this one. I have to hand it to her for speaking out.

  10. robyn says:

    I’m glad to hear Scarlett speak out about Ivanka because Ivanka is fast becoming her deplorable father in heels.

  11. Pandy says:

    N one would actually know she made the change … because she didn’t!!! Scarlett is not wrong on this. I like her political messages.

  12. Jess says:

    She is trying to change the subject but I still appreciate her calling Ivanka out. The entire Trump family must be called out daily by everyone!

  13. MaybeTomorrow says:

    Uggggh, Just uuuuuggghh. Think whatever you wish re Ivanka, but this isn’t a messenger of substance, thereby negating the message. People are turned off Scarlett too, so she’s tuned out.

  14. Lyka says:

    Ok, one, fcuk Ivanka.

    Two, while I don’t think the whole whitewashing issue around this movie is being overplayed by the media, I was surprised to learn that the movie actually treats Scarlett’s whiteness as a critical thematic element. The original animated picture is a philosophical analysis of identity in the age of post-humans, but this movie uses the white porcelain robo-Major as a representation of her society’s “model immigrant.” This Japanese woman, trapped inside the body of what’s essentially a crime-fighting robot geisha, is struggling to understand her national identity in the context of an increasingly whitewashed and anesthetized world.

    Now, I also learned this movie doesn’t quite do a good job of articulating that theme with much dexterity or self-awareness, so perhaps execution is more important than intent. But it’s an interesting little nuance, even while I think the larger conversation is on the money.

    Also, fcuk Ivanka.

  15. agnes says:

    I am awaiting with glee and a fair amount of popcorn the moment TheOrangeOne saddles his Twitter-horse to defend his dearest Offspring.

    That is all…

  16. megan says:

    It’s oh so easy to complain about the current political situation. Maybe she should try having another sit down with her “friend” Ivanka instead of trying to score publicity points.

  17. India Andrews says:

    Preaching to the choir. Everyone els has tuned out Hollywood.

  18. ada says:

    first of FUCK ivanka but still the fact that Scarlett was involved in a white washed project just makes her the wrong person to call out another person,especially as she hasn’t taken responsibility for choosing to be a part of such a project and admit she made a mistake. so really am just going side eye and move on and wait for the Black Panther movie

  19. ... says:

    Shut up and sit down Scarlett, pedofile friend and defender. For money. I hate her. Top class hypocrite.
    They all don’t know what it means to be a feminist. Just because you are pro abortion or had an abortion doesn’t mean that you’re a f**ng feminist. Thirsty, white, fake bullshiters. I’m sorry, I can’t anymore.