Alyssa Milano gets bipartisan backlash for tweeting she’s ‘trans, lesbian, gay man ... everything’
March 13, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Actress Alyssa Milano is one of Hollywood’s more outspoken celebrities for liberal causes, a tendency that backfired Friday with two tweets meant to express solidarity with “transgender” women on International Women’s Day.
“My transgender sisters! I am celebrating YOU this #NationalWomensDay,” Milano tweeted. Asked if she was transgendered, she responded by claiming, “I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled. I’m everything. And so are you.”
My transgender sisters! I am celebrating YOU this #NationalWomensDay!— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 8, 2019
I’m trans. I’m a person of color. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019
I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk.
Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after. https://t.co/znkQizV37k
Milano is a straight, white, able-bodied, native-born woman, so her tweets received significant pushback from conservatives who reject the concept of “fluid” identities, as well as liberals who resented the implication that the actress was “appropriating” their experiences from a position of “privilege":
You're delusional. https://t.co/oKDifcGAZb— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) March 9, 2019
'I wear other people's identities as a catsuit but at least I provoked a convo' https://t.co/hm48uguXKd— Smirkin' Kirk Widlund❌ (@KAW710CO) March 9, 2019
Nah pretty sure that's not how it works... https://t.co/nYSaW2NhZt— Shawn�� DMC5 (@shawnholio) March 9, 2019
I’m disabled with a debilitating disease. @alysasa Milano, Please don’t be my voice. I still have my own. You see. Just Bc my day may be different and my tomorrow uncertain, I can still think and speak for myself. So, no thank you.— Barbara Browne (@72BarbaraTX) March 10, 2019
No. You are an advocate. Be ok with that. This isn’t the way to say you are with us.
You can’t just fake an experience you don’t have. You don’t navigate any space like these groups.
This is the “I don’t see color” approach which is oppression and erasure.— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) March 9, 2019
No. No. This is not how any of this works. Oppression and intersectionality isn’t an outfit that you decide to put on whenever you like.— zellie (@zellieimani) March 9, 2019
How about stop focusing on identity politics and simply recognize each person's individual dignity void of these "progressive" markers of victimhood? Stop adhering to the "I'm a victim therefore I am" ethos.— Gad Saad (@GadSaad) March 11, 2019
Following the backlash, Milano tweeted that she was “happy people are voicing concerns here,” “ok being made the example,” and “glad this tweet invoked conversation.”
“I’m so sorry it offended some,” she said. “I see you and hear you. But just a reminder, empathy is not a bad thing. Nuance is important and literal interpretation is not always intended. And I can identify with and not identify as. Both are powerful.”
Yes. Exactly. But it is ok. I’m happy people are voicing concerns here. I’m ok being made the example. I get it.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019
I’m glad this tweet invoked conversation. I’m so sorry it offended some. I see you and hear you. But just a reminder, empathy is not a bad thing. Nuance is important and literal interpretation is not always intended. And I can identify with and not identify as. Both are powerful.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019
Despite having been raised nominally Catholic, Milano is now a pro-abortion activist who joined the Left’s chorus of outrage against Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh and the Covington Catholic High School students who attended this year’s March for Life.