Alyssa Milano is being slammed for calling herself a "trans, disabled, person of colour"

12 March 2019, 11:26

Alyssa Milano attends the VH1 Trailblazer Honors
Alyssa Milano is getting blasted for calling herself a "trans, disabled, person of colour". Picture: Getty
Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Whew… what a mess.

Alyssa Milano is getting called out for wrongly declaring she's a part of various minority groups on Twitter. The "Insatiable" actress shared the controversial tweet to mark International Women's Day (March 8.), after she dedicated the day to her "transgender sisters".

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Someone asked Alyssa if she was transgender, and she replied: "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.

"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."



The tweet sparked backlash because as a cisgendered white woman, she couldn't possibly understand what it is like to be disabled, LGBTQ+ or a person of colour.

Well, following the backlash, Alyssa apologised and insisted it wasn't her intention to offend anyone. She actually intended to post a quote by poet Jalaluddin Rumi, which read: "This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love, you are," but for some reason that's not exactly how it came out.

"I'm glad this tweet invoked conversation," she continued. "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."