Hollywood Actress turned activist Alyssa Milano tweeted about identifying with every minority group and got majorly grilled for it.
On Friday, Alyssa Milano decided to weigh in on International Women's Day, declaring herself an ally to all the downtrodden minorities and the poor, unfortunate souls left behind and oppressed by modern society, only instead of simply expressing her support for the underrepresented, she claimed to actively identify with them.
She started out with a very woke idea: congratulating transgender women on International Women's Day.
My transgender sisters! I am celebrating YOU this #NationalWomensDay! — Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 8, 2019
But when a detractor asked if she was transgender — a comment apparently meant as an insult — Milano responded by insisting that yes, she "is" transgender. In fact, she said, she "is" everything.
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, 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
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019
Critics of social justice warrior culture can spot precisely where Milano went wrong. While white people — and, in particular, white feminists — are "privileged," and while they may use that "privilege" to bring attention to the plight of oppressed and minority peoples, they cannot take on those characteristics for themselves, since they really don't have the "lived experience" necessary to truly "understand" how the people they're representing feel.
Detractors were quick to question Milano's "intersectionality."
What the ever living fuck is this able bodied straight rich white b**** talking about? https://t.co/MrRv1x16AZ
— StrategyDoc (@doc_strategy) March 10, 2019.
Others accused her of being a poor excuse for an "ally," since this wasn't the correct way to support marginalized groups.
This is not how to be an ally. You are neither of these identities so have no idea on the struggles faced by these marginalised groups. If you want to support these groups say I stand with, not I am. https://t.co/73W3Qym5Rd
— Kimberley (@KimmieChan1995) March 10, 2019
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