Helen Mirren Takes Aim At Ivanka And Melania Trump

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren says out loud what has been on everyone’s mind for months. 

Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren doesn’t mince words when talking about Trump.

Last October while attending a luncheon held in honor of her latest film, Eye in the Sky, Mirren swiftly cut Trump down to size calling him a “dinosaur” in what Vanity Fair describes as a “devastating dismissal.”

New York Magazine reported at the time that: “For all the ridicule that Donald Trump has been subjected to during his presidential run — jokes targeting his spray tan, his (tiny) hand size, his … everything — none has been delivered so swiftly and brutally as Dame Helen Mirren’s.”

Mirren is at it again, speaking out against the Trump administration in a new interview with Allure Magazine.

Reminding readers that “Mirren has been a vocal detractor of the current administration,”
Michelle Lee writes for Allure that:

“[Trump] just said and did whatever it took to get what he desired,” she scoffs. “That is quite terrifying, because it means there’s a lack of morality there and a lack of conscientiousness.” But if there’s one bright spot, she supposes, she suspects he’s less of an extremist than he lets on. “That was the horror of the Republicans: They thought that he was actually a bit of a secret New York-y-type liberal who was quite cool with gays getting married, wasn’t he?” Staying actively engaged in helping to push forward change is one thing, but she cautions that we’ll all need to wean off the IV drip of constant rage eventually. “It’s a bit like watching a car crash. There is a sort of mesmerizing horror — it’s why we love horror films.”

Continuing, Lee writes that Mirren, a well-known feminist, is conflicted when it comes to her opinion regarding Melania and Ivanka Trump. Talking about Melania, Mirren points out that she has the ability to take Trump down:

“You look at old Mel there, and she is one of the most powerful women in the world because she could take him down. She almost did that with the hand. [She puts on a Disney Evil Stepmother voice and mimics the hand brush-off seen round the world.] ‘Don’t touch me.’ ”

Mirren has harsh words regarding Ivanka, who likes to present herself as a champion of working women

“[Ivanka] talks a good game, but there’s no substance. Her book is so ignorant about how the majority of women live, talking about ‘Make time for yourself to have a massage.’ Puh-lease.”

Vanity Fair published an article about the Allure interview, reminding readers that Ivanka, “whose recent bookWomen Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, has been criticized as out of touch.”

Vanity Fair added that this May,”Mirren used an actual podium to criticize Trump and his administration while giving a commencement address at Tulane University in New Orleans.”

“Whether you’re in the French Quarter or the Oval Office, no good can ever come from tweeting at 3 A.M.,” she told the graduates.

Mirren also discussed the importance of being a feminist during that commencement address while discussing what she calls: “Helen’s Top 5 rules for a happy life.”

Discussing Rule 2, “just treat people like people,” Mirren told the students:

No matter what sex you are, or race, be a feminist. In every country and culture that I have visited, from Sweden to Uganda, from Singapore to Mali, it is clear that when women are given respect, and the ability and freedom to pursue their personal dreams and ambitions, life improves for everyone. I didn’t define myself as a feminist until quite recently but I had always lived like a feminist and believed in the obvious: that women were as capable and as energetic and as inspiring as men. But to join a movement called feminism seemed too didactic, too political.  However, I have come to understand that feminism is not an abstract idea but a necessity if we–and really by “we,” I mean you guys–are to move us forward and not backward into ignorance and fearful jealousy. So now I am a declared feminist and I would encourage you to be the same.

She also told the graduates to “never again allow a group of old, rather grumpy, rich white men define the health care of a country that is 50.8 % women and 37% other races.”

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