Alyssa Mi­lano shows Far­rakhan who’s the boss, won’t speak at women’s rally

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Ac­tress and ac­tivist Alyssa Mi­lano said she won’t speak at the next Women’s March if it is or­ga­nized by two cur­rent lead­ers who will not con­demn an­ti­semite Louis Far­rakhan.

In an in­ter­view with The Ad­vo­cate pub­lished last week, Mi­lano crit­i­cized Tamika Mal­lory and Linda Sar­sour for not dis­tanc­ing them­selves from the Na­tion of Is­lam leader, who has re­peat­edly made an­tisemitic, ho­mo­pho­bic and trans­pho­bic com­ments.

“Any time that there is any big­otry or an­ti­semitism 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 said.

Ear­lier this year, Mal­lory was crit­i­cized for not speak­ing out af­ter she at­tended an event dur­ing which Far­rakhan said, “the pow­er­ful Jews are my enemy.”

Sar­sour later de­fended Mal­lory from crit­i­cism.

“I will not sit back while a strong, bold, un­apolo­getic, com­mit­ted black woman who risks her life ev­ery day to speak truth to power and or­ga­nize and mo­bi­lize move­ments is ques­tioned, be­rated and abused,” Sar­sour wrote on Face­book. “I stand with Tamika Mal­lory ev­ery day, with ev­ery fiber of my be­ing be­cause she has so much of what we need in the move­ment right now to win.”

In The Ad­vo­cate in­ter­view, Mi­lano said that she would not feel com­fort­able speak­ing at the march.

“I would say no at this point,” she said. “Un­for­tu­nate that none of them have come for­ward against him at this point. Or even given a re­ally good rea­son why to sup­port them.”

Last year, Mi­lano’s tweet urg­ing women to share their ex­pe­ri­ences of sex­ual ha­rass­ment and as­sault pro­pelled the #MeToo move­ment into the main­stream. (Ac­tivist Tarana Burke had coined the term in 2006.) Mi­lano spoke at last year’s Women’s March in Wash­ing­ton. (JTA)

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