Alyssa Milano Denies "Blackface" Claims and Says She Was "Parodying" Jersey Shore

Alyssa Milano sets the record straight after a conservative outlet accuses her of doing "blackface," when the star say she was really "parodying" Jersey Shore

By Cydney Contreras Jul 01, 2020 1:51 AMTags
Watch: Alyssa Milano Denies "Blackface" Accusations

Alyssa Milano has spoken out after images of her in what some described as "blackface" resurfaced this week.

On Twitter, the Charmed actress denied dressing in "blackface" as news outlet Lifezette, a site founded by Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, ran a headline that read, "Alyssa Milano embroiled in blackface scandal—damning video comes back to haunt her."

"Hey, a--holes. The below picture is me parodying Jersey Shore and Snookie's tan. Snookie's tan (she is a sweetheart by the way) is worthy of parodying as is Trump's 'tan'," Milano tweeted alongside a link to the Funny or Die skit. "So go f--k yourselves with your smear campaign."

In the less than two minute video, makeup and wardrobe artists turn the then-47-year-old into a character inspired by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi from the popular MTV reality show.

This is the second time that the actress turned political activist has addressed the video of herself in dark brown makeup. She warned her followers on Twitter that "right-wing trolls" were accusing her of appearing in blackface and offered the video as a way to provide more context to the incident. 

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"If you see the screen grab that they are using maybe you can shut them down with a link to the entire video," she tweeted.

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Additionally, the actress shared a link to another Funny or Die video from 2013 in which she and a partner pretend to film a sex tape. Milano joked that this sketch will probably be used as the next thing that critics try to "take me down with."

Milano wouldn't be the first celebrity to face criticism for their alleged past actions in recent weeks. Numerous celebrities including Shane DawsonJimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon among others, have released statements expressing remorse for previously appearing in blackface, while others like JoJo Siwa deny doing so