Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid a visit to the White House on Monday and one of the chief purposes of his visit was the announcement with President Donald Trump of a new joint task force aimed at promoting women entrepreneurs and business leaders in the workforces of both Canada and the U.S. During the meeting at which the task force was unveiled, first daughter Ivanka Trump, who reportedly worked on developing the task force, and Trudeau were seated right next to each other, making for a nice, cute photo op that caught the attention of editors at a host of news organizations, not to mention a bevy of social media users.
But it was a staged photo op later on to memorialize the theme of the visit that got the online outrage machine cranked up to full power. Despite the cheeky smiles of Ivanka Trump and Justin Trudeau, a great many didn’t think the pic, which Ivanka posted on Twitter and Instagram, was very cute at all. It was shot in the Oval Office and showed Trump and Trudeau flanking Ivanka — who was seated in the chair behind the president’s Resolute Desk. “A great discussion with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table!” Ivanka wrote alongside the image in the tweet, which was accompanied by emojis of the American and Canadian flags.
A great discussion with two world leaders about the importance of women having a seat at the table! 🇺🇸🇨🇦 pic.twitter.com/AtiSiOoho0
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) February 13, 2017
Anger ensued and divided into two primary camps as some people took the image and words in a very literal sense and others saw racial undertones to the remark. A third group made their voices heard and applauded the photo.
One woman posting on Twitter declared, “Unelected women should not get a seat at that particular table.” Another user bemoaned the number of “bring your daughter to work” days Trump has already used during his fewer than four weeks in office. Some of the people who threw shade at Ivanka were even verified Twitter users with thousands of followers. It really struck a chord.
Others saw a completely different problem and accused Ivanka of appropriating the title of Solange Knowles’ 2016 album A Seat At The Table, adding a layer of racially-charged outrage to the mix — and neglecting the fact that the phrase ‘a seat at the table’ has been an annoying cliche from corporate speak that dates back to at least the previous decade.
Last but not least, there was a contingent of Twitter users who were just enamored with the photo and took the time to thank Ivanka for all she’s doing to help her father carry out his promise to “Make America Great Again.”
Now, you’ll have to excuse us for a little while because all of the furor over a tweet by the first daughter has left us exhausted and in need of a nap … so for more information on this controversy, please read the full story at Mashable.