A writer for IvankaTrump.com reached out to a New York-based chef for an interview. The response she got is absolutely spectacular.
Angela Dimayuga, who is the executive chef for Mission Chinese Food in both New York City and San Francisco, recounted on her Instagram account about she was approached by a freelancer for the First Daughter’s website who wanted to write a profile on her to inspire and empower women. However, Dimayuga didn’t flinch, reaching out to activist Shakirah Simley for how to best respond to the request. Dimayuga shared a screenshot of the exchange, which has been liked nearly 3,000 times as of this writing.
“I would love to conduct an interview (via telephone/email) with you spotlighting your work as a strong female entrepreneur,” wrote Adi Heyman, a freelance writer who called IvankaTrump.com a “non-political platform of empowerment for modern working women.”
In Dimayuga’s response, she brilliantly — and diplomatically — pointed out that anything with the Trump name on it was political by default, and called Ivanka Trump an enabler of her father’s misogyny and hatred.
Thank you for thinking of me. I’m glad you are a fan of my work so much that you want to provide more visibility for my career to inspire “other working women.” However, I’m for women who actually empower other women.
I don’t believe that IvankaTrump.com is truly “a non-political platform of empowerment for [women]”. So long as the name Trump is involved, it is political and frankly, an option for the IvankaTrump.com business to make a profit.
I don’t see anything empowering about defunding Planned Parenthood, barring asylum from women refugees, rolling back safeguards for equal pay, and treating POC/LGBT and the communities that support these groups like second class citizens.
As a queer person of color and daughter of immigrant parents I am not interested in being profiled as an aspirational figure for those that support a brand and a President that slyly disparages female empowerment. Sharing my story with a brand and family that silences our same voices is futile.
Thank you for the consideration.
The response was so epic that it garnered hundreds of supportive comments, including from famous chef Anthony Bourdain, who called Dimayuga “my hero!”
Read the post on Dimayuga’s Instagram below:
Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.