Alyssa Milano has sparked anger with a tweet she posted on Friday in honor of International Women’s Day.
The actress’ initial tweet was harmless enough as she wrote: ‘My transgender sisters! I am celebrating YOU this #NationalWomensDay!’
A user replied asking, ‘Alyssa are you transgender?’ which is when Alyssa, 46, responded with a tweet saying that she is ‘everything’.
Controversy: Alyssa Milano raised eyebrows on Twitter over the weekend after she claimed to be transgender
‘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,’ she wrote, adding, ‘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.’
Despite clearly not meaning it in the literal sense, the former Charmed star attracted much criticism for her tweet, with many pointing out her place of privilege as a successful white woman.
One follower replied: ‘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.
‘I’m everything’: Alyssa replied to a person who asked if she was transgender after she showed support for the community calling them her sisters
Alyssa was accused of ‘faking experiences’ after writing she was transgender, a person of color, an immigrant and disabled
‘You don’t navigate any space like these groups. This is the ‘I don’t see color’ approach which is oppression and erasure,’
‘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.’ came another tweet.
Another user chimed in: ‘Had no idea you were a transgender. And you have the narcissism to think you can relate to everyone’s life. No you’re a white woman who feels that she needs to be ashamed so she takes on the role of hating herself to make sure no one hates her. Facts.’
A particularly scathing response came from YouTuber Rob Gavagan, who tweeted: ‘Supporting trans people, people of color, immigrants, lesbians, gay men, and disabled people is all well and good. Claiming to BE them just because you ‘love’ them is just sort of asinine and perverts the idea of being an ally.
‘I support disabled people. Doesn’t mean I’m disabled … And to say that I am disabled in ANY way is a lie and entirely unhelpful to the people you claim to support. This isn’t St. Paddy’s day where ‘everyone’s Irish for a day!’ This is real world s**t. So perhaps you should choose a more tactful way to be supportive. This is repugnant.’
A particularly scathing response came from YouTuber named Rob Gavagan
After receiving a barrage of complaints Alyssa tweeted again, ‘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.’
She later explained that she was inspired by a Rumi quote.
‘The great Rumi quote was my intention!’ she wrote, including an earlier post with some words from the poet reading ‘This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love, you are.’
After getting lots of backlash Alyssa explained that she was basing her tweet on a Rumi quote ‘Whatever you love, you are.’