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Alyssa Milano Fights Back Over 'Blackface' Claims After Jersey Shore Parody Resurfaces

Alyssa Milano defends her Jersey Shore parody isn't blackface

As celebrities’ blackface scandals continue to come back into the spotlight, Alyssa Milano is refusing to take the bait!

Following her tweet about “cancel culture” and how it’s “being weaponized by the right/Putin,” Twitter users resurfaced images of the actress appearing in what they claim as “blackface”. Lifezette, a news outlet founded by controversial Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, also ran with it, publishing a post titled, “Alyssa Milano embroiled in blackface scandal—damning video comes back to haunt her.”

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The Charmed alum first replied to one twitic on Tuesday, writing how the pics (one featured above, inset) circulating were taken from a 2009 Jersey Shore parody in an effort to make light of Snooki‘s fame. She shared:

“The photo of me parading [sic] Jersey Shore and Snookie’s [sic] tan? This proves the entire point of the actual tweet. I’ve never done, nor would I ever do blackface.”

The Twitter critic deleted their message, but Alyssa continued further with her defense in addressing the “blackface scandal” news article! Alongside a video of the original Funny or Die skit for full context, the 47-year-old took to the social media platform with a more direct response to the “smear campaign“:

“Hey, a**holes. 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 f**k yourselves with your smear campaign.”

You can watch the clip in question (below).

The short video shows Milano’s “evolution” as a glam team transforms her into a character fit for a role on the MTV reality show, which is gold considering her early criticism of the series. She said at the time:

“My husband [Dave Bugliari] actually showed me the trailer on YouTube last night, and I got upset. It upset me. I was like, ‘Turn that off!’ So no, I don’t think I’ll be watching that!”

Clearly the Sorry Not Sorry podcast host isn’t about being canceled by conservatives so easily. She earlier urged her followers to respond to “right-wing trolls” trying to bring her down by sending a link to the full skit video:

A part of us sincerely hopes Snooki, or others from the cast, hop into this conversation to sound off with their thoughts! What do U think, Perezcious readers?? Is this just a deliberate attempt by Republicans to take down Alyssa? Or is there more to her “tan” that she’s failing to recognize??

[Image via WENN/Avalon & Funny Or Die/YouTube]

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Jul 01, 2020 07:53am PDT