With victimization celebrated in today’s woke society, there’s a rush by many on the left to be seen as harmed by the actions of others, especially if it can be construed as being racially motivated, yet another attempt to oppress the downtrodden.
No greater status can be obtained by a “victim” than to cast blame at a member of the Trump family, and that’s what “Empire” star Vivica A. Fox did Thursday on “For Real: The Story of Reality TV.”
Harkening back to a 2015 appearance on “Celebrity Apprentice,” Fox accused Ivanka Trump of making a racially insensitive comment by — egad! — complimenting her on being well spoken. An accusation that may say more about how, deep down, Fox sees herself than anything else.
With race consuming America today, courtesy of the left, host Andy Cohen spoke of racial controversies “that have emerged on so many reality shows” before asking his panel of four black women if they have experienced any over the years. In addition to Fox, the panel included Kandi Burruss from “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Holly Davis Carter, executive producer of “Preachers of L.A.,” and “Love & Hip Hop” creator Mona Scott-Young.
“I will never forget that when I did ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and Ivanka Trump, she said, ‘Wow you speak very well,'” Fox quickly volunteered. “You know, Andy, I hate to say it, I don’t think she knew at the time she was insulting us. I think at the time she thought she was complimenting us.”
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Tipping his hand on how he sees the Trump family, Cohen snarled: “I don’t think she knows now.”
“She was like, ‘Oh wow you guys are intelligent.’ Now, I’m going to say when the show aired, Twitter went crazy, like, ‘What does she mean?!'” Fox recalled.
Cohen responded to the claim by slamming white people in general.
“Think of the layers and layers of white people that saw a cut of that show and aired it and they said, ‘Oh, this is great,'” he said.
Fox’s assertion beings to mind how swiftly then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was forgiven for saying Barack Obama could become the first black president because he was “light-skinned” and had “no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one.”
Yet, an ambiguous, seemingly harmless comment from a Trump that is perceived as a racial smear by hypersensitive social justice warriors lives on forever.
Fox spoke of her experience on “The Apprentice” last year with The Guardian, calling it “the most racially charged set I’d ever been on.”
“You could see the manipulation,” she said, adding “I really felt there was a black v white thing going on.”
But not so racist that she was willing to shun the camera and walk off the set — Fox was the second to last candidate out of 16 fired, survived only by Geraldo Rivera and winner Leeza Gibbons.
Fox mentioned Ivanka in that interview as well, when reminded that she said she felt like “the help.”
“That’s the way they were raised. One time, Ivanka said to me and the other black women there: ‘You speak very well.’ We were like: ‘What?’ I don’t believe she meant it to be insulting. Bless her heart. But looking back, especially in the climate we’re in now, you’d be like: ‘C’mon girl. We went to school, too.’”
She was also critical of Trump, in part because of his criticism of Obama.
“He was obsessed with becoming president and I believe it was because a black man had done it. And Obama had done it so well that, throughout his presidency, Trump was always on him. To this day, he can’t keep his name off his tongue. It’s an awful obsession,” she said. “I love the way Obama handles it, such grace under fire.”
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