As her father, President Donald Trump, was meeting with dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore, Ivanka Trump tweeted a "Chinese Proverb" with dubious origins.
“Those who say it can not be done, should not interrupt those doing it.” -Chinese Proverb— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump) 1528722408.0
Asian Twitter users were quick to point out a fairly obvious fact:
"This not even remotely an actual Chinese proverb." - Chinese Proverb https://t.co/d7UiTYvrfS— Angry Asian Man (@Angry Asian Man) 1528744409.0
To be fair, many a quote has in the past been mistaken for a Chinese proverb, often by people ignorant about the country's culture.
For the record, this is not a Chinese proverb but a piece of ‘mysterious East’ wisdom made up by Westerners (see ne… https://t.co/WNzYFlDESj— Michael Li (@Michael Li) 1528764724.0
A bit of context for the ‘quote’ —> https://t.co/83GIuQM5er 2/ https://t.co/rCNdyBySM8— Michael Li (@Michael Li) 1528764814.0
There’s plenty of wisdom and insight in Asian philosophy, culture, religious systems, etc. It would be nice if mo… https://t.co/PBdVi5ruYV— Michael Li (@Michael Li) 1528764963.0
Twitter offered Ivanka some proverbs of their own!
"Keep our words out of your mouth." -Chinese Proverb https://t.co/R5oJVyJ63w— Jenny Yang 👲🏼👲🏼👲🏼 (@Jenny Yang 👲🏼👲🏼👲🏼) 1528776296.0
Confucius say.. don't use Chinese proverbs as intellectual and moral veneer. https://t.co/qmaeSrEkYc— Jessica Prois (@Jessica Prois) 1528753393.0
If you're going to invent a saying, at least try to make it clever!
"A Chinese proverb." -Chinese proverb https://t.co/jiVldmasHm— E. Alex Jung (@E. Alex Jung) 1528806166.0
"You can call any old shit a Chinese proverb on the internet." --Confucius https://t.co/lCcBwtKm5g— Brendan O'Kane (@Brendan O'Kane) 1528724368.0