Her too: Ivanka Trump’s praise of Oprah Winfrey speech raises eyebrows


Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article titled “Her too: Ivanka Trump’s praise of Oprah Winfrey speech raises eyebrows” was written by Martin Belam, for theguardian.com on Tuesday 9th January 2018 18.24 Asia/Kolkata

Ivanka Trump was met with a wave of criticism after she tweeted in support of Oprah Winfrey’s impassioned speech at the Golden Globes awards.

Winfrey said at the weekend: “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.”

Ivanka Trump used the #TimesUp hashtag, referencing the campaign launched this month by women in Hollywood to fight sexual harassment. The initiative includes a $13m (£10m) legal defence fund for women in blue-collar jobs.

Social media users pointed out that Ivanka Trump’s father, the US president, was facing multiple accusations of sexual harasment. Last year a leaked recording from 2005 emerged in which Donald Trump said he felt able to grab beautiful women “by the pussy”.

Alyssa Milano, star of the US series Charmed and Who’s the Boss?, said on Tuesday Ivanka Trump should make a financial contribution to the Time’s Up campaign.

Jennifer Rubin, author of the Right Turn blog in the Washington Post, described Ivanka Trump’s tweet as a “hypocritical, clueless statement”, citing the president’s support for Roy Moore, whose run for Alabama’s special Senate election was dogged by accusations of sexual misconduct with four women, one of whom was 14 when the incident was alleged to have occurred. Moore denies the allegations.

Christine Teigen, a model and the wife of R&B singer John Legend, asked Ivanka Trump to go away.

Meanwhile, many other social media users reacted with disbelief.

Winfrey gave the speech after accepting the Cecil B DeMille award for outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.


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