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Ivanka Trump wanted to interview this queer chef — and her rejection letter is utterly brutal

Meet Angela Dimayuga, Mission Chinese Food’s executive chef, who clearly doesn’t play around.

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A freelance reporter on special assignment for IvankaTrump.com recently approached Dimayuga about interviewing her for the site.

Dimayuga gleefully posted screenshots of the exchange, including her altogether brutal (and beautifully written) rejection:

The writer, Adi Heyman, wrote:

“I would love to conduct an interview (via telephone/email) with you spotlighting your work as a strong female entrepreneur,” describing the site as a “non-political platform of empowerment for modern working women.”

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Dimayuga wasn’t about to take the bait. She tells Huffington Post she worked on the response with her friend, the activist Shakriah Simley.

Here it is:

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 IvankaTrump.com 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 IvankaTrump.com 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, as they say, is that.

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41 Comments

  • whatevz

    Ivanka is (once again) the the poor picked on victim in this story, luckily he daddy will grab her by the whatever, and make her feel all better!

  • Mo Bro

    Yet another display of schadenfreude at its ugliest.

    • DCguy

      Awww, the perpetually delicate and always faux outraged Trump Trolls have something else to cry over.

    • dwes09

      Obviously you don’t have any idea what the word schadenfreude means. And i ma not at all surprised. Regressives, like the rich and powerful whose holes they lick (unless they are the rich and powerful sniffing each others to establish the hierarchy, like mongrel dogs) think the meaning of words spring from their imagination.

      Schadenfreude would be, more correctly, the pleasure taken by the Trumps at the thought of women disadvantaged by loss of health care options. And you KNOW they do take pleasure in that. Schadenfreude is not standing up for what is ethical! Get it right breeder boy.

    • CaliKyle

      Yes, dwes09! Way to correct and school the reliably ignorant Mo Bro.

    • whatevz

      Trig pretends to know long words but we all know the self-loathing conversion therapy dropout really is really dumb

    • Mo Bro

      @dwes09:
      “schadenfreude:
      noun;
      pleasure derived by someone from another person’s misfortune”
      Rather than repeatedly screaming you’re right and I’m wrong, try looking it up and educating yourself.
      And if you think that doesn’t describe gleeful lefties singing about the Trumps’ perceived shortcomings, then your head is buried even deeper than I could have imagined.

    • BigWill

      Hi Fake Biracial Bisexual…I mean Mo. Where you been, punkin?

    • 1EqualityUSA

      Mo, for the last time, you’ll never make grandmaster of the Troll-tonic Knights, so hang up your chainmail tunic and give it a rest. The Order doesn’t want you.

  • Roan

    Queerty, you’ve missed the mark here. Ivanka Trump was not requesting an interview with the chef. This was a freelance writer, creating content that she would sell to I…. T…. dot com. Nevertheless, the request was turned down, and bravo to that.

    • throwslikeagirl

      Queerty needs to step up it’s ethical and professional journalistic duties, and STOP with the sensational click bait headlines. I’ve noticed it’s getting worse. When combined with ongoing poor writing and misspellings, that make me think there’s little or no editing going on, I’m considering deleting the site from my morning blog-reading. The advertisers won’t be happy with this.

  • DCguy

    Poor little Ivanka, Gosh who thought that working for and supporting an Administration that stated they would appoint judges to take away lgbt civil rights, AND who appointed the most notorious anti-lgbt politician in the nation now (Mike Pence) whose main goal is to harm lgbts would make people associate her policy.

    She is complicit in the harm of lgbts her fathers administration does.

  • Wild_Puss

    Brava to a strong, proud sister.

  • KaiserVonScheiss

    The chef sounds like another SJW who thinks everyone who isn’t an SJW is a bigot.

    • DCguy

      I love the fake victimology that the right wing bigots keep trying to lay out.

      If you call them on their bigotry they cry and scream about you being mean for calling them bigots.

      Here’s an idea Kaiser, if Ivanka doesn’t want to be CALLED a bigot, stop working to push laws that ARE bigoted.

      Oh but wait, that’s right, you Trump Trolls are simply here to try to give them cover for any bigotry so they can keep doing it.

    • Roan

      I just heard a ding. Maybe that’s your Hot Pocket.

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @DCguy

      What bigotry? Has he brought back Jim Crow? Is he rounding people up and putting them in camps?

      Evidence.

    • Ditamo

      Well those things don’t happen from one day to next…it takes time. Clearly though, Trump used the discontent of certain demographics to create a base that, in general, would either directly want to do those things to minorities or would turn a blind eye if it ever happened.

    • dwes09

      And you, of course sound like the king of shit. A blow hard know nothing who twisrts words based on the meanings that spring from his imagination. Put simply, so that even you can understand: This woman did not want to be profiled on the site of a disingenuous right winger who claims to support women’s empowerment but in fact helps prevent it and add to the pressures felt by poor women or women of color.
      And you, twit that you are, reduce the valid and intelligent struggle for enfranchisement to a stupid acronym. I really wish all you heterosexual right wing scumbags would take your lying and trolling elsewhere. Worthless, stupid scum like you is not needed here. We have a struggle to retain civil rights going on and you are a waste of time and effort beyond the slight amusement your foolishness provides.

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @dwes09

      And you have no arguments, so you resort to ad hominems. Typical of the regressive left.

    • WillieD

      Before I accuse you or anyone else of bigotry or bigoted ideology, could you explain what an “SJW” is?

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @WillieD

      Social Justice Warrior. Regressive left. People who love left wing identity politics, third-wave feminism, neo-Marxism. They often espouse social contructionist or anti-positivist nonsense, and thus reject the use of the scientific method within the social sciences.

    • MediaGuy

      What laws are bigoted DCGuy? Name me something real that’s pending in some legislature somewhere that is being promoted by Ivanka et al? I’m waiting.

    • cabe

      From Psychology Today: “Internet Trolls Are Narcissists, Psychopaths, and Sadists
      Trolls will lie, exaggerate, and offend to get a response.” —-INDEED!

    • DCguy

      Kaiser said….

      “@DCguy

      What bigotry? Has he brought back Jim Crow? Is he rounding people up and putting them in camps?

      Evidence.”

      LOL! Do you see the right wing game here? “Oh hmmm, well if they aren’t gassing them in camps they aren’t bigoted.”

      Here is an idea, why don’t YOU tell US why Trump stating that he would appoint judges to get rid of lgbt rights ISN’T bigoted.

      Now I know that stripping people of their civil rights isn’t the same as gassing them or throwing them in ovens. But humor us please and explain to us why that isn’t bigoted.

      As for this chef, hilarious the way she makes the right wing cry by holding Ivanka responsible. Interesting that the GOP claims to be the party of personal responsibility and yet anything that happens is never their fault is it?

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @DCGuy

      Here we go again. Originalism is not bigoted. No proper judge becomes a judge with the goal of stripping people of their rights. Judges have their own interpretations of the constitution just like everyone else. People are human and are subject to human judgment. It’s not my fault you can’t wrap your head around that.

  • natekerchel

    Dignified but deadly response to the invitation. For those who are shedding tears for Ms Kushner – this is a woman who stood and applauded the hate speeches of her repulsive father, yet would have us believe that she is on the side of lgbt people by ‘persuading’ him to postpone anti-lgbt Executive Orders. She is just as guilty as the rest of her family – self-enriching, bigoted, tax-avoiding and exploitative. The request for the interview may not have come directly from Ms.Kushner, but it would certainly have been used to show some kind of lgbt support if it had been given.

  • natekerchel

    What Kaiser actually means is – SJW is a pejorative term used by right wing extremists who have no legitimate political arguments for their discriminatory policies and actions. Typically, it is just the usual right wing abusive rant. They have tried to be clever inverting the term Social Justice Warrior, but I would proudly call myself an SJW. Social justice has no place in the life of the right wing – unless it applies to them personally of course. They prefer the world described by Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan – the law of the strongest and most brutal takes all.
    When Kaiser calls you an SJW he is insulting you and claiming that you are a liar and are only interested in self promotion, rather than having any genuine belief or interest in the cause you might be defending. It’s a term he will use when he has no valid argument to make and want to be dismissive of other points of view.

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      And SJWs call everyone they don’t like a right-wing extremist, Nazi, racist, or some other buzzword.

      I’m a classical liberal, not a right-wing extremist. I’m right-winged, but not an extremist. An extremist would be someone on the alt-right like a Richard Spencer or a David Duke, people I want nothing to do with.

    • natekerchel

      I dont know you to like or dislike you. I doubt you are a ‘classical liberal’ – every time I have seen you on here you have adopted a very extreme right wing defence of trump and his minions and policies. What you claim you are and what you say on here don’t match. You call people SJW despite the fact that you don’t personally know them or how sincere they are in their beliefs. You use it as an insult – and I am sure that some people at least do not know the pejorative nature of the expression SJW – so it’s not only an insult but a sly one. Classical Liberals believe in minimising conflict in society – not supporting those who indulge in chaotic and confrontational politics like the current occupant of the White House.

    • KaiserVonScheiss

      @Nakekerchel

      I call people SJWs when they act like SJWs.

      SJWs have infected the left with collectivism and identity politics. Nowhere have I taken extremist positions. Where have I taken extremist positions? Show them to me.

      Pretty sure the vast majority of my comments are to oppose identity politics or what I deem to be disingenuous statements about Trump.

      Opposition to identity politics is perfectly consistent with classical liberalism.

    • natekerchel

      ‘Act like SJW’s’? What does that mean? How do you judge when someone you have never met and do not know is ‘acting like a SJW’? What you mean is you have decided by yourself to insult someone because you dont like what they say. I deliberately questioned your claim to be a ‘classical liberal’ – and i got the response I expected – you did not like it. But you do this to people on here by calling them SJW when you have no ‘evidence’ to back up your claim. You consistently defend trump and his family or other minions – if you defend these people then you are giving support to extremists. Collective responsibility.

  • MediaGuy

    This chef lady is a disrespectful cnut. Nobody wants to see or hear from her anyway. And, yeah, did this really happen? IDK. I’m a gonna heck with Adi Heyman herself.

    • cabe

      I thought her response was very respectful and polite while firmly making her opinion known.

    • MediaGuy

      Of course you did girl, of course you did. You would. You’re a Kool Aid drinker.

  • 1EqualityUSA

    Right on, Angela Dimayuga. I wish you well. This was a fun article, Queerty. Thanks. She is the embodiment of woman power; fierce and unafraid. I love this country for the stories that emerge.

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