Alyssa Milano's Apology for Calling Herself Transgender, Person of Color Backfires

Many people are not buying the actress and activist's apology after she sparks backlash for calling herself a transgender, a person of color, the disabled and a gay man among others.

AceShowbiz - Alyssa Milano is a supporter of the LBGTQ community, people of color and more, but her way to express her support has irked many people on the internet. The actress and activist recently landed in hot water after she dubbed herself a transgender, a person of color and the disabled among others while she was celebrating the International Women's Day.

This all started after Milano tweeted her support for her "transgender sisters" on the special day, prompting one follower to ask whether she was a transgender. Answering the question, the "Charmed" alum said, "I'm trans. I'm a person of color. I'm an immigrant. I'm a lesbian. I'm a gay man. I'm the disabled. I'm everything. And do are you, Kirk."

She continued, "Don't be afraid of what you don't know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after."

The criticism was swift, as people pointed out that Milano is a straight, cisgender, well-to-do woman who has yet to experience the suffering that people with different background had. One even pointed out that her approach is "oppression and erasure," adding, "You can't just fake an experience you don't have. You don't navigate any space like these groups."

Milano has since apologized for the tweet as saying, "I'm glad this tweet invoked conversation. I'm so sorry it offended some. I see you and hear you. But just a reminder, empathy is not a bad thing. Nuance is important and literal interpretation is not always intended. And I can identify with and not identify as. Both are powerful."

However, many didn't buy her apology and slammed her even more. Some pointed out that including "but" in her statement made it look like she tried to justify the controversial tweet. "When you apologize and then add a 'but...' you negate what came before. Every time. Just apologize and say you learned a new perspective and understand it. That's all," one said.

"When 'but' is included in an apology, the apology is void. It's sad & tiresome to see a person so desperate for approval that you'll fall all over yourself to get a [clap emoji]. Understandable from a 13 yo, but repulsive from an adult," one other noted as someone else simply blasted, "Wait what? You used BUT in an apology? Girl grow up."

Milano has yet to respond to the second backlash.

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