People Are Calling Out ‘Sexism’ in Art Exhibit Inviting Observers to Throw Crumbs for Ivanka to Pick Up

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Twitter users are decrying what they see as “sexism” and misogyny in a new art exhibit which encourages people to throw crumbs at a figure of President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

CulturalDC, which featured the display, called it a “boundary-pushing” installation for “a figure whose public persona incorporates an almost comically wide range of feminine identities.”

“The public is invited to throw crumbs onto the carpet, watching as Ivanka elegantly vacuums up the mess, her smile never wavering,” a press release read.

As The Federalist noted, the exhibit’s creator Jennifer Rubell indicated the piece evoked a “complicated” response.

“Here is what’s complicated: we enjoy throwing the crumbs for Ivanka to vacuum. That is the icky truth at the center of the work. It’s funny, it’s pleasurable, it makes us feel powerful, and we want to do it more,” Rubell said. “We like having the power to elicit a specific and certain response. Also, we know she’ll keep vacuuming whether we do it or not, so it’s not really our fault, right?”

CulturalDC also carried a live stream in which people could presumably watch others throw crumbs on the pink carpet that the Ivanka figure was vacuuming. “WATCH IVANKA VACUUM,” an ad for the live stream read.

People responded by arguing that the display — inviting people to throw crumbs at a woman to clean up with a vacuum — was sexist.

“This is misogynistic and promotes violence against women,” one user wrote. “It is disgusting.”

In The Federalist, writer Kelsey Harkness pointed out what she considered “irony” in the exhibit:

“The irony, of course, is that the exhibit reflects every stereotype feminists claim to stand against, oversexualizing Ivanka’s body and ignoring her hard work. (One can only imagine the feminist rage if it were, say, Michelle Obama on display.)

In addition to mocking Ivanka for her looks, the exhibit demeans the First Daughter’s success as a business woman and White House advisor to that of a woman with a vacuum—as if something’s wrong with that, too. Worse, in the process of shaming stay-at-home mothers, “Ivanka Vacuuming” encourages onlookers to throw trash at her. Again, because “art,” or something.”

The exhibit was just the latest attack on the president’s daughter. As IJR previously noted, comediennes Michelle Wolf and Samantha Bee took shots at her with gender-specific language.

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It’s my hope that the artist Rubble is not subsidized by our tax dollars via the NEA. The point’s been made that this promotes contempt for and violence towards women. It also endorses Nancy Pelosi’s condescending lie about “crumbs”.

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