Actress Vivica A. Fox claims that former President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, hurled a racist insult at her while filming “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
Speaking with reality-TV producer Andy Cohen on an episode of his E! show “For Real: The Story of Reality TV,” the “Independence Day” star said that Ivanka Trump insulted her when she complimented the star’s speaking ability.
“I’ll never forget that when I did ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and Ivanka Trump, she said, ‘Wow, you speak very well,’” she said. “No, Andy. I hate to say it. I don’t think she knew at the time that she was insulting us. I really think that she thought she was complimenting us. That it was like, ‘Oh, wow, you guys are intelligent.’”
“I don’t think she knows now,” responded Cohen.
The episode aired in 2015; Trump’s final season of hosting the show. Cohen was dumbfounded over the fact that producers and executives let the clip air on television.
“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.
Though Vivica A. Fox may have felt deeply insulted by Ivanka Trump’s statement, her outrage over a white person complimenting a black person’s speech is rather selective, given that she endorsed Joe Biden for president despite the fact he once praised former President Obama for being an “articulate and bright” black man.
“I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said in 2007. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.”
Biden apologized after significant backlash.
“I deeply regret any offense my remark in the New York Observer might have caused anyone. That was not my intent and I expressed that to Sen. Obama,” he said.
In January 2020, Fox told PEOPLE that Joe Biden is “what I want to see in a president.”
“He’s got ‘that thing,’” she said. “He has that history, and he’s been there.”
“Right now, to me, it seems like the presidency is like a joke. What is really going on?” she later added. “That respect and that class is what is lacking that I really feel like Joe Biden has for us and what I want to see in my president.”
Fox also believed that Biden had “the most aggressive plan when it comes to health care, for education, and also helping out the HBCUs [Historically Black Colleges and Universities], investing $70 billion as a matter of fact.”
As Joe Biden’s campaign continued throughout 2020, he made several disparaging comments about black people, such as when he told Charlamagne Tha God “you ain’t black” if you vote for President Trump, when he seemed to suggest that black people are not as “diverse” as Hispanics, or when he said that “poor kids” are just as talented as white kids.
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