Hollywood is full of folks who oppose President Donald Trump, and arguably one of the loudest is actress Alyssa Milano, who has come under fire in recent weeks for participating years ago in what some have likened to a skit in blackface.
Milano has fired back at her critics, however, and insists that the dark makeup she wore was “tanface” instead of “blackface,” as Breitbart reports. Milano also says the sketch at issue was intended to make a statement about unflattering depictions of Italian-Americans.
Milano is mad
Old instances of actors and comedians wearing blackface have been seized upon — selectively — by the “cancel culture” warriors of today, but interestingly enough, the net cast by those activists seems to keep ensaring left-leaning stars.
In the case of Milano, pictures of her with exceptionally darkened skin have recently resurfaced on the internet, and while some have suggested they display unacceptable blackface, the actress has insisted that she was simply parodying Snooki — real name Nicole Polizzi, a darkly tanned member of the cast of MTV’s Jersey Shore program — as part of a 2013 Funny or Die comedy sketch video.
In an explicit post in response to a critical article, Milano tweeted, “Hey, [censored]. The below picture is me parodying Jersey Shore and Snookie’s [sic] tan. Snookie’s tan (she is a sweetheart by the way) is worthy of parodying as is Trump’s ‘tan’. So go [censored] yourselves with your smear campaign.”
Even more incredible was her post from one day prior, when she seemingly accused the right of being responsible for “cancel culture,” writing, “Cancel culture is being weaponized by the right/Putin. Take notice of who they are targeting [and] what is trending. Are they trying to hurt Trump’s most vocal critics? Yup. The misinformation campaign has begun. Be vigilant in what you post on social media. Truth still matters.”
“Tanface,” not blackface
Of course, not everyone has accepted Milano’s excuse for her Snooki parody, and the Daily Mail reported that the actress was asked about the makeup effects of her Funny or Die skit during a recent Instagram Live interview with comedic writer Ziwe Fumudoh. That is when Milano made up the word “tanface” as her defense.
“I’ve never worn blackface,” Milano insisted, according to the Daily Mail. “I did a parody of — she doesn’t like me much so let me just say that — but I did do a parody of Jersey Shore on Funny Or Die where I played — I came in like this, light-skinned, and then makeup transformed me into Snooki and my take was a how I felt was how that show was representing Italian Americans, and so there are pictures of me all over the internet in ‘tanface.’
“Tanface — and that’s what people are saying I did, blackface. There are a lot of people who have done blackface though, you know?” she continued, according to the Daily Mail. Milano went on:
And I don’t know that hindsight that maybe making fun of Snooki’s tan wasn’t the greatest move, specially with the Internet. But I did feel at that time that I was making a political statement about how Italian Americans are depicted.
In what can only be described as an attempt to regain some credibility, Milano also said in the interview that she learned during a recent trip to South Africa that she was likely a descendant of an African slave. Her supposed reasoning for this claim is the combination of her last name and the old practice of giving slaves a name related to the city into which they were purchased — in this case, Milan, Italy, according to the Daily Mail.
Reaping what you sow
This is all laughably ridiculous, from Milano’s claim of “tanface” instead of “blackface” — which still involves making fun of another person’s skin color — to her insistence that “cancel culture” has been “weaponized” by the right against the left, not to mention the assertion of her own slave ancestry.
Here’s the reality: Progressives have created absurd new rules as part of the culture war onslaught, but they are predictably up in arms and ready to play the victim when the standards they set for others are applied equally to them.