Alyssa Milano: I Won't Speak at Women's March Unless Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour Condemn Farrakhan's anti-Semitism

Milano, who is an activist and helped propel the #MeToo movement, says she won't speak at the famous march if organizers Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour don't distance themselves from Farrakhan, who has made anti-Semitic comments

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Actor Alyssa Milano visits volunteers at a field office for  Congressional District 48 Democratic candidate Harley Rouda on the day of midterm elections, November 6, 2018.
Actor Alyssa Milano visits volunteers at a field office for Congressional District 48 Democratic candidate Harley Rouda on the day of midterm elections, November 6, 2018. Credit: REUTERS/Monica Almeida

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 anti-Semite 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 anti-Semitic, homophobic and transphobic comments.

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“Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism 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, D.C.

Farrakhan has a history of making bigoted statements. Last month, he was widely criticized, including by Chelsea Clinton, for comparing Jews to termites in a tweet.

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