On Saturday Night Live, Scarlett Johansson — one of the Jewish speakers at the Women’s March — starred as Ivanka Trump in a spoof ad for a perfume called “Complicit.”
The most interesting aspect of the video isn’t, I don’t think, the spoof “Ivanka,” but the portrait of how other women react to her, or to what she represents. The sketch has a woman narrator, and traces (via facial expression) how three women at the swank party where the ad is set react to her presence. A mix of envy and awe switches over to skepticism, then ridicule, as the narrator continues her smooth-voiced argument that Ivanka is “the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”
Phoebe Maltz Bovy edits the Sisterhood, and can be reached at email@example.com. Her book, The Perils of “Privilege”, will be published by St. Martin’s Press in March 2017.