Friday, April 14, 2017

Ivanka Trump reporter tried to interview a Great Woman Chef. The Gay Immigrant Chef said NO in a spectacular way

After Dimayuga was recently approached by a freelance writer who wanted to interview her for, she shared screenshots of the exchange, including her eloquent, gloriously shade-filled response (Spoiler: She said NOPE).
Behold, #goals (click through to see her response):
"I would love to conduct an interview (via telephone/email) with you spotlighting your work as a strong female entrepreneur," wrote freelance writer Adi Heyman, who describes as a "non-political platform of empowerment for modern working women."
Dimayuga wasn't having it. She told the Huffington Post she collaborated with her friend, activist Shakirah Simley, on the best response to this supposedly "non-political" request. Here is what she wrote:

Hi Adi,
Thank you for thinking of me. I’m glad you are a fan of my work so much that you want to provide more visibility for my career to inspire “other working women.” However, I’m for women who actually empower other women.
I don’t believe that is truly “a non-political platform of empowerment for [women]”. So long as the name Trump is involved, it is political and frankly, an option for the business to make a profit.
I don’t see anything empowering about defunding Planned Parenthood, barring asylum from women refugees, rolling back safeguards for equal pay, and treating POC/LGBT and the communities that support these groups like second class citizens.
As a queer person of color and daughter of immigrant parents I am not interested in being profiled as an aspirational figure for those that support a brand and a President that slyly disparages female empowerment. Sharing my story with a brand and family that silences our same voices is futile.
Thank you for the consideration.
And that, my friends, is how it's done.

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