Over the past year, Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano has grabbed headlines for her anti-MAGA activism, and tweets in support of feminism and the LGBT+ community. Her latest tweet, however, has divided the internet.
Taking to the social media platform, she wrote:
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.
In a follow-up tweet, she said:
The tweet was in response to a Twitter user called Kirk Brown, who asked her if she was transgender after she 'celebrated' her 'transgender sisters' in a post on International Women's Day.
Some people were critical of her attempt at 'claiming identities'.
While others said it amounted to 'oppression and erasure'.
While others were just downright confused.
And some couldn't resist a little bit of mockery.
Hitting back at her critics on Saturday, Milano attempted to clear up what she'd meant in the tweet, saying that it wasn't supposed to be taken literally.
I’m glad this tweet invoked conversation.
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.