Debra Messing and Alyssa Milano have been at the center of Hollywood’s leftist political activism for years. Both escalated their rhetoric in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections. Now that the elections are (mostly) over, both have also done something good and long overdue by calling out Women’s March leaders Linda Sarsour, Tamika Mallory, and Carmen Perez.
In an interview by The Advocate, Milano declared she would not be speaking at the Women’s March in January as long as the leaders continued to refuse condemning Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
“Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed. I’m disappointed in the leadership of the Women’s March that they haven’t done it adequately,” Milano says now, referring to leaders of the Women’s March who’ve refused to denounce Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic, homophobic, and transphobic statements.
Messing followed up the story by Tweeting her support for Milano’s stance.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 9, 2018
Messing is the stereotypical Hollywood leftist. She rants, often incoherently, and pushes an agenda based solely on what she feels in her heart. That’s fine and is fairly easy to counter, especially when do silly things like promote socialism. On the other hand…
Milano is different
I appreciate the sentiment from Milano because it resolves an inconsistency in her stance. The Women’s March has been a laughable contradiction by empowering women yet endorsing people like Farrakhan who stand against women. She also cited Farrakhan’s bigotry and antisemitism as grounds for demanding the Women’s March leaders disavow Farrakhan, which leads me to my new assessment of her.
Milano is a activism opportunist. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as many activists on both sides of the political aisle jump from cause to cause, following both the news cycle and helping to shape it simultaneously. For example, she shifted from #MeToo to “vote Democrat” in the days leading up to the election. Now, she’s shifting again to focus on defending illegal immigrants.
This is why her condemnation of the Women’s March leaders and Farrakhan is so important. She would lose credibility in her current fight against what she perceives as bigotry if she doesn’t call out her allies who support bigots like Farrakhan.
To be clear, I’m not suggesting Milano’s stance against the Women’s March leaders is in any way wrong. But as a necessary step for her to move on to her next cause, I don’t see it as a bold or unexpected move. It’s what any good leftist activism opportunist would do. She’s clearly much more politically savvy than many of her unhinged cronies in Hollywood.
The huge positive to all this is that she might be able to get enough high-profile women to echo her sentiment, forcing the Women’s March to either change leadership or finally rid themselves of the Farrakhan contradiction by denouncing him. If either of those two things happen, I’ll be very pleased with Milano’s actions and impressed by her clout.
Soon, we’ll see her transition her focus to the border once the California fires, which are hitting close to home (literally), have been contained.
Once the fire passes, expect more posts from the border.
I was wrong to dismiss Milano. Her leftism is driven by intelligent political calculations and fueled by a sincere belief in her ideology. She isn’t one of the many Hollywood snowflakes that are so easy to counter. MIlano is becoming a powerhouse.
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