A Washington D.C. museum is showcasing a controversial exhibit featuring an Ivanka Trump lookalike, and Eric Trump is not happy about it.
The Flashpoint Gallery‘s display shows a woman resembling President Donald Trump’s daughter vacuuming while dressed in a pink dress and stilettos.
Spectators are encouraged to throw crumbs on the pink carpet for Fakevanka to suction up, which the exhibit’s designer, Jennifer Rubell, stresses is a metaphor for how the public views Ms. Trump.
“Here is what’s complicated: we enjoy throwing the crumbs for Ivanka to vacuum,” Rubell said in a statement. “That is the icky truth at the center of the work. It’s funny, it’s pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more.”
The exhibit is not sitting well with the First Family.
President Donald Trump’s middle son said on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning that his sister “has done more for women” than anyone else in D.C.
There really is nothing quite like a Trumpian hyperbole.
“These leftists called up a modeling agency, saying, ‘You know what, I want to get a nice woman to come stand on a carpet, with a vacuum of all things, so that our people can throw food and crumbs to mimic a powerful woman who has done more for women than probably anyone in Washington, D.C.,” E. Trump said.
“Think about that hypocrisy,” he said. “They label themselves the quote, unquote ‘party of women,’ yet they’re throwing food, they’re throwing garbage at a woman on a carpet holding a vacuum cleaner to mimic someone who really does care and who has fought so hard for women.”
Unfortunately for the Trumps, Twitter sees things quite differently.
Right. More than RBG. Dream on. Delusions of grandeur run in that family.
— Nancy Gonzalez (@nancywgonzalez) February 5, 2019
The exhibit is not intended to be offensive, however. The concept, though unusual, is an attempt to represent the struggle between women’s empowerment and traditional gender roles.
“Inspired by a figure whose public persona incorporates an almost comically wide range of feminine identities—daughter, wife, mother, sister, model, working woman, blonde— ‘Ivanka Vacuuming’ is simultaneously a visual celebration of a contemporary feminine icon; a portrait of our own relationship to that figure; and a questioning of our complicity in her role-playing,” a press release for the exhibit states.
The exhibit “is not a stand-in for one feeling, one relationship or one point of view toward this powerful and sexualized female form,” the release says. Rather, it is “intentionally open to multiple, often contradictory interpretations that are critical of the interpreter as they are of the subject.”
Nevertheless, Ms. Trump also blasted the performance art in a tweet, accusing it of being harmful to women.
“Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up,” she wrote. “I choose the latter.”
Women can choose to knock each other down or build each other up. I choose the latter. https://t.co/MFri4xKhNI
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 5, 2019
People had questions, specifically, what has Ms. Trump done to help women since going to work at the White House?
I literally have no idea what she's actually accomplished since being in the WH.
— DailyMusings (@Melio521) February 5, 2019
I don't see any American woman having more maternity leave like in all advanced countries (and even emerging economies).
You've done absolutely nothing for women other than pad your bank account with more foreign licensing.
— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Brasilmagic) February 5, 2019
Keep telling yourself that’s what your doing.
— The Remote Chef (@AK_Chef_B) February 5, 2019
Do you? Where were you during the Kavanaugh hearings? Or when it comes to mothers having kids ripped from their arms? Or that Access Hollywood tape? Or the shaming of Stormy Daniels? Or on protecting Planned Parenthood? Or on a woman’s right to choose? You’re the worst.
— Brad Wollack (@BradWollack) February 5, 2019
He chides the left for not pulling themselves up their own bootstraps and he's been reared from the crib with golden flatware and lace edged bibs.
— moneybaggsyo ✈️ (@familyoso) February 5, 2019
Ms. Trump’s perceived complicity in her father’s cruel policies toward immigrants has soured her public image.