Actress-turned-radically liberal activist Alyssa Milano has once again exposed herself as a hypocrite after she tweeted that the NFL team Washington Redskins need to be “cancelled” until they change their name. Unfortunately for her, however, it was then discovered that she was selling Redskins merchandise just a few years ago.
“This cause is close to my heart,” Milano tweeted along with a link to a petition demanding that the Redskins change the name they have had for nearly 90 years.
This cause is close to my heart – please sign: https://t.co/fNESjqJEgX
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 1, 2020
The petition claims that Redskins is a “derogatory name” and calls upon advertisers, banks, sports broadcasters, and social media outlets to refuse to associate with the team in any way until the name is changed.
Milano then doubled down in a second tweet in which she wrote, “We must end racism in its entirety. Allowing the NFL to continue to use the Redskins name is destructive to Native communities and cannot be tolerated any longer. Change the name Redskins.”
We must end racism in its entirety. Allowing the @nfl to continue to use the @redskins name is destructive to Native communities and cannot be tolerated any longer. Change the name @Redskins @nfl #TheTimeIsNow #ChangeTheName
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) July 1, 2020
This comes just three years after Milano launched “Touch by Alyssa Milano,” a collection of sportswear items that included photos of the “Charmed” actress wearing several different Washington Redskins shirts. The Pacific Standard even published an article begging Milano to stop selling “racist clothes.”
Did she mean "close to my heart" or "literally on my chest"? pic.twitter.com/zxg2BX0qLI
— Kevin Dalton (@NextLAMayor) July 1, 2020
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Milano has responded by claiming that she was trying to get out of her “Touch” contract and has tweeted multiple times, begging those with whom she was doing business to change the advertisements.
“Hey, guys. Been trying to get this taken care of for years. NFL/NHL licensing is inclusive of these teams. PLEASE email at [email protected] and I will forward complaints to manufacturing company,” Milano said in 2017. “My manufacturing company controls the line and what we sell based on licensing from leagues. There is no reason for me to lie to you. I’m not a hurtful person. Im giving you my email address. Please use it. Thank you.”
Hey, guys. Been trying to get this taken care of for years. NFL/NHL licensing is inclusive of these teams. PLEASE email at [email protected] and I will forward complaints to manufacturing company.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 28, 2017
My manufacturing company controls the line and what we sell based on licensing from leagues. There is no reason for me to lie to you. I'm not a hurtful person. Im giving you my email address. Please use it. Thank you.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 29, 2017
Milano also told Adweek that she had tried to alter her contract in a way that would allow her to choose what teams for which her face would be used to sell NFL merchandise.
“I have asked them to stop producing merchandise for that team (don’t even want to write the word) numerous times, and they have said that contractually they can’t pick and choose which teams under their contract with the NFL they produce merchandise for,” Milano said. “I was told I’d be in a breach of contract with the manufacturing company.”
“I am against the use of disparaging names and imagery in sports. Full stop. Sports teams and leagues need to stand up to racism,” she added.
The hypocrisy of Alyssa Milano never ceases to amaze!
I’m sorry, but this…???? pic.twitter.com/dbpUEko85m
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸Sherry🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@SherryMeurer) July 1, 2020
This piece was written by PopZette Staff on July 3, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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