Alyssa Milano hits back over alleged blackface photo
Posted July 1, 2020 12:00 p.m. EDT
CNN — Alyssa Milano is rejecting an accusation she wore blackface.
The actress posted Tuesday in response to an article alleging she was "facing backlash" over a purported "blackface scandal."
Milano tweeted a photo of the headline from the conservative site LifeZette along with her response.
"Hey, a**holes," she tweeted. "The below picture is me parodying Jersey Shore and Snookie's (cq) tan. Snookie's tan (she is a sweetheart by the way) is worthy of parodying as is Trump's 'tan.'"
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi is a star of the hit MTV series "Jersey Shore" and well known for her tan. Both she and Milano are of Italian heritage. CNN has reached out to reps for Polizzi and to LifeZette for comment.
The issue of blackface has become a big one in Hollywood during the recent global reexamining of race and racial injustice. Past episodes of several shows that featured a character in blackface recently have been pulled from streaming services, and late night host Jimmy Kimmel apologized after old clips of him performing in blackface surfaced.
Milano, who has been outspoken in her opposition to Trump, had tweeted days earlier about what she alleges is a smear campaign against her because of her politics.
"The right wing trolls are using a still from this funny or die video where a parodied Snookie from Jersey Shore," she tweeted Saturday along with the 2013 video from the parody. "If you see the screen grab that they are using maybe you can shut them down with a link to the entire video."
"Cancel culture is being weaponized by the right/Putin," Milano tweeted Monday.
"Take notice of who they are targeting & what is trending," she wrote. "Are they trying to hurt Trump's most vocal critics? Yup. The misinformation campaign has begun. Be vigilant in what you post on social media. Truth still matters."