As the world continues to gawk at the fallout from Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey, now might be a good time to take a breather and focus on something a little lighter. How about the president’s daughter Ivanka’s notoriously vapid book? On Wednesday night, Samantha Bee submitted her own review of the would-be feminist tome—and as one might guess, it was far from a rave.
“Women Who Work contains more fonts than original thoughts,” Bee noted. “True to her family’s branding empire, Ivanka wrote this book largely by taking other people’s work and stamping her name on it. . . . It’s like Ivanka forgot she had a book assignment, remembered on the last day, ran to the Hudson Books, ripped out random pages, then vision-boarded them together over the contents of her wastebasket to create Women Who Work—the only book to quote Nelson Mandela, Sun Tzu, and Meatwad from Aqua Teen Hunger Force.”
That wasn’t a lie—it turns out that Ivanka mistakenly attributed a quote from little-known pastorDave Willis to voice actor Dave Willis, who voices the Aqua Teen Hunger Force character. Whoops.
But, as Bee notes, this book does far more than simply farm wisdom and cliches fromalso manages to demonstrate, time and time again, the immense privilege within which Ivanka was raised. Take, for instance, her appropriation of quotes from Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou about slavery and racism. As Bee pointed out, “It takes a special kind of whiteness to take a Maya Angelou line about racism, mangle it, and apply it to asking for a raise.” And then there was her assumption that all women have the ability to skip work to stay home with a sick child. (As Bee pointed out, that move is a lot dicier when you don’t work for your father.)
The gist here should be pretty obvious: as Bee put it, “If you were raised working poor like me, this book will inspire you—specifically, it will inspire you to challenge the next rich woman you see to a broken beer-bottle fight.”