Hollywood is a strange place.
Stars seem to feel empowered to lead the world politically, while forgetting to learn about things before they attempt to change them.
This gem, by the way, comes courtesy of Twitchy.
Yesterday, actress Alyssa Milano — a girl known for posters of her in sweaters in the 80’s, and for reported feuding among actresses on Charmed in the early 2000’s — decided she needed to meet with a congressman.
According to Milano, she was turned down by Paul Ryan. The nerve!
What took more nerve, however, was Samantha Micelli’s (Alyssa’s character on Who’s the Boss) stated conclusion about Congressman Ryan.
I asked for a meeting with @SpeakerRyan today—to discuss equality for women and the Equal Rights Amendment—he declined.
96% of Americans believe that women should be protected under the constitution. He is the 4%. #ERANow
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 5, 2018
First of all, who are the actual 4% that don’t believe women should be protected by the constitution? I find that hard to believe.
Secondly, why does she believe Ryan is among them, simply because he did not meet with Her Importantness? Will Nancy Pelosi meet with me? I want to talk to her about reducing the cost of milk. If she denies me, does she want the poor to develop osteoporosis?
Thirdly, women are protected by the consitution. Already.
Thanks to Sparky Landers for pointing it out:
Honestly, I cannot see any reason any citizen needs to do anything. I know the foolish patriarchs feel they can assume women citizens are different.
Still, the 14th Amend uses the term "person", not "men". Therefore, it has been UNCONSTITUTIONAL to deny equality to all.
— Sparky (@SparkyLanders) June 5, 2018
Alyssa rared back for the one-two punch:
Hi. The 14th amendment was included in the constitution before women even had the right to vote so clearly it was not meant to apply to us.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 6, 2018
Not so much:
By this logic, freedom of the press does not apply to digital media. https://t.co/oV9zzKTVbn
— neontaster (@neontaster) June 6, 2018
Under this logic the First Amendment wouldn't either. https://t.co/7Y9VrJ70rW
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) June 6, 2018
I have equal rights.
— Millennial Exile (@MillennialExile) June 6, 2018
they ARE protected under the constitution already
— Jeff Dunetz (@yidwithlid) June 6, 2018
I have to wince.
Maybe Millennial Exile’s and Jeff Dunetz’s point played into Ryan’s decision not to meet up, “waste of time” generally being prohibitive and all.
I love Alyssa; but the Twitterverse kind of ate her lunch:
I'm not sure which part of this tweet is dumber – the fact that you think a declined meeting indicates he doesn't believe women should be protected, or the fact that you think women aren't protected under the Constitution. Have you considered reading the 14th Amendment, or no?
— Rusty Weiss 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) June 6, 2018
All people are protected by the Constitution.
Have you even read it?
Do you even know what you’re talking about????
— Omar L.A. (@omarslopezarce) June 6, 2018
I asked for a meeting with my sports teams’ GM’s to discuss my thoughts for overall team performance and improvement — they declined.
It’s almost like they had other things to do…
— Eddie Coleman (@Eddie_Runs) June 6, 2018
The level of your self-importance is absurd.
Good luck with that.
— Sam a.k.a. Tressa's Critter (@SamHamiltonTGP) June 6, 2018
Once again, I plead with Samantha–
You were great on Who’s the Boss. And your MLB clothing line for women is fantastic. You’re an American Sweetheart. Please, stick to entertainment and fashion. However, if you truly want to go into politics, maybe get some books. Here’s a good one, for starters.
Hollywood is a strange place. The pomp of narcissism due to the circumstance of stardom can truly misguide. One of those errant trajectories, sadly, has enraptured Alyssa Milano. Still, I’ll continue to believe in her good intentions, watch her in glorious reruns, and tell myself this episdoe never happened. Or, otherwise, wince.
For more coverage of Alyssa and her political activism, check out my article on her and Tinseltown’s answer to school shootings.
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