Actress Alyssa Milano, who helped sparked the transformation of the #MeToo campaign into a viral movement on Twitter last year, says that she’s stepping away from the Women’s March movement after some of its leaders repeatedly failed to condemn anti-Semitic, homophobic, and transphobic rhetoric.
During an appearance at Politicon in Los Angeles this month, Milano was confronted by far-right conspiracy theorist Laura Loomer, who demanded that the former Charmed star publicly disavow controversial Women’s March co-founder Linda Sarsour “because she is a supporter for Sharia law.” Milano told The Advocate that she brushed aside the question, not wanting to bolster Loomer’s credibility by engaging with her, but Milano’s differences with Sarsour, the actress indicated, had driven her away from the Women’s March organization. Leaving aside whether Sarsour supports Sharia law or not — and there are credible reasons for believing that she might — Milano said that she was “disappointed” that leaders of the movement had refused to denounce hate speech from Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Earlier this spring, Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory was in the audience for a Farrakhan speech in which he declared that “the powerful Jews are my enemy.” In a Facebook post, Sarsour defended Mallory from accusations that she supported Farrakhan’s bigotry, writing that it wasn’t fair to “[hold] her accountable for the words of a man” and that it was important to remember “that members of the NOI are not all anti-Semites.” Just a week before a hate-motivated mass-shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue killed 11 people, Farrakhan tweeted out video of a speech in which he compared Jews to insects, captioning the video: “I’m not an anti-Semite, I’m anti-Termite.”
“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,” said Milano. “Unfortunate that none of them have come forward against him [Farrakhan] at this point.”
If anyone invited her to speak at the next Women’s March, Milano added, she “would say no.”
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