It’s no secret that I have a rather low threshold for Rich Kids, especially Celebrity Rich Kids, who don’t get their elbows particularly dirty building up their resumes like the rest of us. A few months ago, I wrote a post grousing about how Ivanka Trump wrote a business advice book called The Trump Card; I found this super-obnoxious considering her life couldn’t be more different than those of the regular folks reading her book. Ivanka even admitted on “The View” that Anna Wintour offered her a job at Vogue upon graduation.
Last night Ivanka appeared with her dad, Donald, on “Celebrity Apprentice.” And I had the realization that I’d be eminently less annoyed with Ivanka if she undid some of her father’s damage. I’d like her to start with the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions.Donald Trump has done a lot of icky things in his personal life: He dumped Ivana Trump for Marla Maples, and Maples for his current wife, Melania Knauss Trump. And then there was that creepy comment he made about how if Ivanka weren’t his own daughter, he’d date her. Of course, Donald Trump’s treatment of the women in his life—trading in his aging wives for younger models, saying pervy things about Ivanka—is their business. But Trump’s financial support of beauty pageants is something that affects all women and girls.
Supporting Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA and the unrealistic body images they promote is gross enough. But it gets worse: As recently as last year, Donald Trump stood up for Carrie Prejean, the Miss USA runner-up who made headlines for her bigotry when she declared she’s against same-sex marriage. Trump actually took to “Letterman” to stand up for Prejean, accusing those who took umbrage at her belief that gays should not be allowed to marry, of just being jealous. I mean, really, of all people to stand up for, he chose Carrie Prejean? Furthermore, rumor has it that Trump even hand-picks the winners of the Miss Universe Pageant himself—essentially playing God with his narrow definition of beauty. The whole thing is kind of creepy, really. So, could this new generation of Trumps—ideally Ivanka, but one of her less famous brothers would be fine—just dump the Miss Universe Organization entirely?
I understand Ivanka does work. She sells her jewelry line and her “engagement in a box,” does charity work, models, and works her ass off as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions of The Trump Organization. But as far as I’m concerned, a lot of that’s just Rich Kid stuff that she’s been lucky to do because she was born with the last name “Trump.” But I might — might! — be able to take her seriously if she used her very privileged position to do something good for women and get the Trump family out of the beauty pageant biz. [“Celebrity Apprentice,” PR Newswire]