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‘SNL’ spoofs ‘complicit’ Ivanka Trump in withering parody video

By WITW Staff on March 13, 2017

The Trump administration may be a continued source of anguish to many people in this country, but it has sure provided a whole lot of fodder to the folks over at Saturday Night Live. Kate McKinnon has been pulling double duty as Jeff Sessions and Kellyanne Conway, Alec Baldwin continues to gleefully annoy Trump off with his impressions of the president, and of course, Melissa McCarthy assumed the role she was born to play when she made her debut as a hilariously pugnacious White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

This week, the target of the show’s satiric barb was Ivanka Trump. Played by Scarlett Johansson, the first daughter appears in a fake perfume ad — for a fragrance called “Complicit.”

The sketch is great because it manages to skewer so many things in so little time: the Trumps’ predilection for tacky opulence, Ivanka’s indiscriminate self-promotion, her insistence that she is an advocate for women, though she has remained silent while her father enacts legislation that curtails women’s rights.

“She’s Ivanka,” the sultry voiceover says. “And a woman like her deserves a fragrance all her own. A scent made just for her. Because she’s beautiful. She’s powerful. She’s … Complicit.”

“A feminist. A champion. An advocate for women,” the voiceover says later. “But, like, how?”

And the kicker: “Complicit: The fragrance for the woman who could stop all of this. But won’t.”

Watch the full video below:

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