Many people were confused last night, January 8th, when Ivanka Trump tweeted about Oprah Winfrey’s Golden Globe speech. The eldest daughter of our current POTUS wrote, “[Just] saw Oprah’s empowering and inspiring speech at last night’s Golden Globes. Let’s all come together, women and men and say #TimesUp!”
Winfrey’s acceptance speech inspired a standing ovation and moved many to tears. She spoke on how important it is for people of color to see themselves represented on screen, as well as about the culture of sexual assault and victim-blaming prevalent in industries across the nation.
“I want all the girls watching here now to know that a new day is on the horizon,” Winfrey said. “And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because a lot of magnificent women, many of who are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men [are] fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody every has to say ‘Me too’ again.”
In addition to praising Winfrey’s words, Ivanka also used the #TimesUp hashtag in her tweet, referring to the campaign and legal defense fund founded by women in Hollywood to fight sexual harassment.
And, as you might expect, Twitter was quick to point out the blatant hypocrisy in Ivanka’s statement. Her father — President Donald Trump — has been accused of sexual misconduct by 19 women, not to mention the now infamous Access Hollywood video in which he claimed he “grabbed women by the pussy.”
Celebrities also voiced their outrage. Alyssa Milano even challenged Ivanka to donate to the #TimesUp campaign, which could directly help Donald Trump’s accusers.
While Ivanka Trump speaking out against sexual assault is potentially a good thing, we completely understand the general consensus: It’s nearly impossible to take her commitment to these issues seriously if she’s going to continue to stay silent on her father’s actions. After all, complicity is often born from turning the other way.