Alyssa Milano Says She Was Wearig Tanface, Not Blackface In Snooki Parody
After calls on Twitter and social media to cancel her for wearing blackface, Alyssa Milano further clarified that it was not blackface, but a “tan face”. The “Charmed” actress went on Instagram live and further clarified the controversy.
Milano further clarifies Blackface was instead “tan face”
In an Instagram Live interview with Ziwe Fumudoh, Alyssa Milano clarified that she indeed never wore blackface. Instead, the Funny or Die parody of Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was a statement against how Italian Americans were portrayed in the media. Milano said:
I’ve never worn blackface. I did a parody of, she doesn’t like me much so let me just say that, but I did do a parody of Jersey Shore on Funny Or Die where I played, I came in like this, light skinned, and then makeup transformed me into Snooki and my take was a how I felt was how that show was representing Italian Americans, and so there are pictures of me all over the Internet in “tan face”.
Alyssa Milano really wanted to make a firm statement with that parody video, but it ended up becoming a controversy. What was supposed to highlight stereotypes against Italian Americans with tan face, became a blackface controversy altogether. In retrospect, however, Milano realizes it wasn’t the “greatest move”:
Tan face, and that’s what people are saying I did blackface. There are a lot of people who have done blackface though, you know? And I don’t know that hindsight that maybe making fun of Snooki’s tan wasn’t the greatest move, specially with the Internet. But I did feel at that time that I was making a political statement about how Italian Americans are depicted.
Milano descends from slaves!
Moreover, on her trip to South Africa, locals told Alyssa Milano of her slave ancestry. And they realized that just by hearing her name!
When I was in South Africa, South African Black people kept telling me that I was from slave descent and I said, “I don’t understand, how do you know that?” And they said “It’s because your last name is Milano. So you were actually bought into a city and instead of allowing you to keep your last name, they gave you the last name of the city you were bought into.
When Twitter tried to have her canceled over blackface
This Instagram Live session wasn’t the only time Alyssa Milano addressed this blackface scandal. Last month, Milano tweeted about the controversy. She shared the Funny or Die Jersey Shore parody video, where she was imitating Snooki. Milano tweeted:
The right wing trolls are using a still from this funny or die video where a parodied Snookie from Jersey Shore. If you see the screen grab that they are using maybe you can shut them down with a link to the entire video.
However, that was not the end of this blackface controversy. Milano again shared a link to the video. But, this time, she was not as forgiving towards the trolls in her language. She tweeted:
Hey, a*sholes. 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”.
So go f*ck yourselves with your smear campaign. Here is the link to full video:
In the end, Alyssa Milano mentioned that the far-right and Vladimir Putin are “weaponizing” cancel culture. And they are doing so by targeting Trump critics through a misinformation campaign. However, it is important to note that Milano did not back her claim with any evidence. What do you think of Milano’s parody video? Was she wearing blackface or tan face? Let us know in the comments below.