Samantha Bee found Ivanka Trump’s new book “Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success” super-relatable — not!
The “Full Frontal” host made no bones of exactly what she thinks of the first daughter’s vapid book. Apparently, Bee got several copies of the “inspirational” book by Trump and featured it on her segment “The Great Feminists in Feminism: Herstory Hall of Lady Fame” where she started a book club titled “Ladies Who Book.” In seven minutes, the comedienne explained exactly what was wrong with the book.
According to Bee, “Women Who Work” was nothing more than a hodge-podge of inspirational quotes from other people: Trump used no less than 208 references and quoted “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” at least 30 times in her book — a fact that has left people, whose words have been used in the books, not at all happy.
Moreover, she also wrongly referenced a quote from a little-know pastor Dave Willis to voice actor Dave Willis, who was cast in the “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” animated TV series. So it seems, even her research was completely sloppy.
“True to her family's branding empire, Ivanka wrote this book largely by taking other people's work and stamping her name on it,” said Bee. “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 comedienne also noted the tone-deaf use of Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison’s quotes on slavery and racism, which garnered a lot of backlash for Trump earlier this week. In a chapter, cutely titled “working smarter,” Trump wrote, “Are you a slave to your time or the master of it?”
The phrase actually came from Morrison’s book Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 novel “Beloved,” which references the experience of a former slave after she became free from her life of slavery. However, Trump used that line in the book to talk about time management and work effectiveness.
“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,” Bee said.
Then Bee went in for the kill:
"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."
Bee then, understandably so, throws away the book.
Samantha Bee slams Ivanka Trump's new book: "Her belief that she's a role model is laughable" https://t.co/Zwdq6hPwBk— Chris McTague (@ChrisMcTague3) May 12, 2017
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