Last week, #MeToo movement icon Alyssa Milano wrote an op-ed for the outlet Deadline in which she attempted to justify her unwavering support of presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden despite the accusations of alleged sexual assault brought against him by his former Senate staffer Tara Reade.
In the op-ed, Milano attempted to distinguish between the “black and white” wrongs of some prominent men and the “gray area” wrongs of other men (such as Biden).
Here’s an excerpt:
As an activist, it can be very easy to develop a black and white view of the world: things are clearly wrong or clearly right. Harvey Weinstein’s decades of rape were clearly wrong. Donald Trump’s alleged sexual assaults were clearly wrong. Brett Kavanaugh’s actions, told consistently over decades by his victim (and supported by her polygraph results), were clearly wrong. So were Matt Lauer’s, Bill Cosby’s and so many others. As we started holding politicians and business leaders and celebrities around the world accountable for their actions, it was easy to sort things into their respective buckets: this is wrong, this is right. Holding people accountable for their actions was not only right, it was just.
Except it’s not always so easy, and living in the gray areas is something we’re trying to figure out in the world of social media. But here’s something social media doesn’t afford us–nuance.
The world is gray. And as uncomfortable as that makes people, gray is where the real change happens. Black and white is easy. Gray is the place women can come together out of the glare of the election and speak our truths, our doubts, our hopes, our convictions and test them against the light and the dark.
In other words, Milano has no problem abandoning “black and white” rights and wrongs and her moral platitudes when the end result benefits her. She supports Joe Biden for President and therefore is willing to classify his “alleged sexual assaults” as being in some kind of nuanced “gray” area while simultaneously classifying Donald Trump’s and Brett Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault as just plain “black and white” wrong.
Apparently, it’s OK to “believe all women” as long as you don’t like the men they are accusing. Twitter users wasted no time in calling Milano out on her blatant and shameless hypocrisy.
Tom Bevan of RealClearPolitics summed up Milano’s double standards pretty well:
Alyssa Milano attempts to separate the MeToo world into the black and white (ie those whose actions were clearly wrong) and the gray. Here's her list:
— Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) April 30, 2020
RedState’s Brandon Morse also noted how quick Milano has been to abandon principles and the “moral high-ground” for political gain:
What's interesting about this is that @Alyssa_Milano had professed a set of principles and claimed moral high-ground during the #MeToo movement, but had nothing to lose. Now that her principles put her in a position to sacrifice, she's choosing to abandon principles for gain. https://t.co/fE1Up9NMHI
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) April 30, 2020
Stephen Miller opined that Milano is only “making things worse:”
Alyssa Milano is a career expert at making things worse. Whether it’s the show Charmed or unanswered sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 30, 2020
National Review’s Alexandra DeSanctis called Milano’s op-ed “highly confused:”
With a new, highly confused op-ed in @DEADLINE, @Alyssa_Milano continues her game of Twister, striving to retain her role as a #MeToo celebrity while continuing to justify her support for Biden https://t.co/67uqICXtJn
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) April 30, 2020
Milano wrote this piece in an attempt to exempt herself from public scrutiny over supporting a man (Biden) who has been accused of alleged sexual assault after having just supported utterly destroying a man (Kavanaugh) for being accused of alleged sexual assault. The circumstances are the same, the only difference between the men is political views (well, and the fact that several people remember Reade telling them about the incident while no one remembered Kavanaugh’s accuser, Blasey-Ford, telling them about her alleged attack, but that’s another article).
The only thing Milano accomplished with this op-ed was to put leftist hypocrisy and double standards on dazzling display.
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