Scarlett Johansson Thinks Ivanka Trump Is a Coward

Scarlett Johansson isn’t mincing words when it comes to the First Daughter.

While speaking with Arianna Huffington at the eighth annual Women in the World Summit in New York City on Thursday (Apr. 6, 2017), the Ghost in the Shell star blasted Ivanka Trump for not standing up for women. Referencing the 35-year-old’s recent interview with Gayle King, in which Trump claimed she could make the most change from behind closed doors, Johansson, 32, said she was “so disappointed” with the businesswoman-turned-White House staffer’s statement.

“I thought to myself, ‘Well, that’s empowering,'” she sarcastically quipped. “If you take a job as a public advocate, then you must advocate publicly.”

“How old-fashioned, this idea that behind a great man is a great woman,” the actress continued. “What about being in front of that person or next to them or standing on your own?”

Johansson, who impersonated Trump last month in a Saturday Night Live skit last month, added it was not okay for the First Daughter to remain quiet about issues. “It baffles me. The whole situation baffles me,” she said.

“It’s such an old-fashioned concept that to be a powerful woman you can’t appear to be concerned with — you’re going to feel that somebody’s going to think that you’re ‘bitchy,” Johansson explained. “Screw that, it’s so old-fashioned, it’s so uninspired and actually really cowardly.”

During her interview with King, Trump warned critics to not be so quick to judge her silence and write it off as her being complicit in her father’s policies. “I would say not to conflate lack of public denouncement with silence,” Trump said. “I think most of the impact I have, over time, most people will not actually know about.”