Actress and notable #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano wrote an op-ed Wednesday attempting to explain her ongoing support for former Vice President Joe Biden despite the major developments that were made in the sexual assault allegation from his former Senate staf…
Actress and notable #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano wrote an op-ed Wednesday attempting to explain her ongoing support for former Vice President Joe Biden despite the developments in the sexual assault allegation from his former Senate staffer, Tara Reade.
In a piece titled “Living in the Gray as a Woman” that was published by Deadline, Milano wrote about how the #MeToo movement “changed” her.
She wrote that there are some instances that are obvious: Weinstein and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. She wrote Kavanaugh’s “actions, told consistently over decades by his victim (and supported by her polygraph results), were clearly wrong.” He denied the allegations.
She wrote that there is a concern that advocates start to see things as black and white.
“Except it’s not always so easy, and living in the gray areas is something we’re trying to figure out in the world of social media. But here’s something social media doesn’t afford us– nuance,” Milano wrote.
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“The world is gray. And as uncomfortable as that makes people, gray is where the real change happens. Black and white is easy. Gray is the place women can come together out of the glare of the election and speak our truths, our doubts, our hopes, our convictions and test them against the light and the dark,” she wrote.
She wrote that in an ideal world, it would be a woman who took on President Trump “instead of an electoral college which says white men are the people driving the charge yet again this year.”
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The former “Charmed” actress insisted that Reade’s allegations against Biden “concern me, deeply,” but that Biden is someone “who I can’t picture doing any of the things of which he’s accused.”
She went on to offer Biden some advice as to how to handle the allegations going forward.
“I’d advise him to face the allegation head-on, answer every question, and admit any wrongdoing, and to be the example for all men who face these kinds of accusations whether founded or not,” Milano urged her preferred candidate.
Milano then addressed Reade, who she only referred to as “his accuser,” and how she believed every survivor should “have space to tell their story” but cautioned her not to be “fodder for the machine.”
“Believing women was never about ‘Believe all women no matter what they say,’ it was about changing the culture of NOT believing women by default. It was about ending the patriarchy’s dangerous drive for self-preservation at all costs, victims be damned,” Milano continued to explain her dismissal of Reade.
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In an interview with Fox News, Reade blasted Milano after she had made an appearance at the tense Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in support of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.
Actress Alyssa Milano watches a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, U.S., September 27, 2018. Matt McClain/Pool via REUTERS – RC13A7C2F350
“I think we need to compare how she responded to Brett Kavanaugh… quite different than the talking points she [used] regarding Joe Biden,” Reade told Fox News. “She never reached out to me. I don’t really want to amplify her voice because I feel like she hijacked my narrative for a while and framed it about herself… she knows nothing about it.”
Milano “only knows Joe Biden, so she doesn’t know me and has never talked to me. So, how could she possibly talk about the case?” Reade asked.
In response to Milano calling for “due process” for men accused of sexual assault, Reade said, “she really doesn’t know anything about what happened to me,” calling it “odd” that she would weigh in on an assault claim when she never attempted to seek information from the accuser.
“I don’t know what her role is. She’s not really a professional helping women. She was basically talking about protecting powerful men the last time she made a statement,” Reade said. “It’s just the complete opposite of how she approached Brett Kavanaugh, so it’s kind of weird and strange and I think she’s just looking for ways to be relevant.”
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Milano appeared to change her stance on Reade’s claims on Monday night after more corroboration surfaced.
“I’m aware of the new developments in Tara Reade’s accusation against Joe Biden. I want Tara, like every other survivor, to have the space to be heard and seen without being used as fodder,” Milano tweeted before writing her op-ed. “I hear and see you, Tara.”
Representatives for Milano did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.