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Celebrities Should Wise Up, Follow Alyssa Milanos’ Footsteps in Calling Out Women’s March

Kelsey Harkness
By Kelsey Harkness | November 8, 2018 | 11:36 AM EST

Alyssa Milano (Photo by John M. Heller/Getty Images)

After two years of silence regarding the Women’s March’s ties to an open anti-Semite, a liberal Hollywood celebrity is finally calling them out.

Referring to the group’s links to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, actress and activist Alyssa Milano said she’s “disappointed in the leadership” because they refuse to denounce him. Moving forward, she says she’ll no longer speak at or support the movement, so long as its leaders are still there.

“Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed. I’m disappointed in the leadership of the Women’s March that they haven’t done it adequately,” Milano told The Advocate, an LGBT magazine.

The Women’s March draws support from Hollywood stars and high-profile activists alike, none of whom previously voiced concern about the founders’ ties to Farrakhan, who most recently led a “death to America” and “death to Israel” chant in Iran.

Farrakhan has a long record of racist and anti-Semitic statements, including comparing Jews to termites, calling Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler “a great man,” and saying, “When it’s God who puts you in the ovens, it’s forever!”

Milano was one of the movement’s most vocal celebrity supporters, and now, is its lone celebrity critic.

As a regular attendee at the Nation of Islam’s annual “Saviour’s Day” event, where Farrakhan is a regular speaker, Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory has some of the closest ties to the anti-Semite. She has praised the Nation of Islam leader and he has returned the favor on stage. Their relationship has been well documented through the years.

Instead of distancing themselves from his hateful views and denouncing his racist rhetoric, the Women’s March founders constantly defend Farrakhan and deflect on the issue.

Conservatives have long warned of these troubling ties to one of America’s leading anti-Semites, but until Milano spoke up, those concerns mostly fell on deaf ears. Some hoped that would change after what is believed to be the deadliest attack on Jews in American history at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, but just days after, ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s launched a new flavor supporting the group.

There are few things conservatives would agree on with Milano, a far-left activist on issues such as the Second Amendment and the Supreme Court. Denouncing a hateful anti-Semite is one of them. Here’s to hoping more celebrities wise up and follow in her footsteps.

Kelsey Harkness is a senior news producer at The Daily Signal and co-host of "Problematic Women," a podcast and Facebook Live show. Send an email to Kelsey.

Editor's Note: This piece was originally published by The Daily Signal.


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