Alyssa Milano: women ‘refusing to be silenced’ since MeToo

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Actress Alyssa Milano attends the 14th Annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York City on November 27, 2018. (File photo: AFP)
CANNES, France — Five years after lighting the fuse of MeToo, US actor Alyssa Milano says she is delighted with the way women are “refusing to be silenced”. اضافة اعلان

“A lot has changed,” Milano told AFP, since sending her famous tweet on October 15, 2017 asking women to share their stories of sexual harassment under the hashtag #MeToo.

The 49-year-old, who grew up in public as the star of Who’s the Boss? and Charmed, was herself a victim of sexual assault during a shoot in the 1990s.

“The most obvious thing is that we are refusing to be silenced and really coming together,” she said in Cannes, where she was taking part in the Mipcom TV festival.

She pointed to new legislation against gender discrimination and harassment across the United States, as well as the introduction of “intimacy coordinators” to assist during sex scenes in movies.

“It made no sense to me how, if there was an animal on the set, we would have to have someone from the humane society to oversee the health and welfare of the animal, and yet the actors are in such vulnerable situations not only with love scenes, but with all sorts of emotional scenes,” Milano said.

Milano’s activism did not start with MeToo, however.

When Who’s the Boss? was the number one show in the United States, a 15-year-old Milano received a request from none other than Elton John.

The singer asked her to meet a young fan, Ryan White, who had been expelled from his school after contracting HIV.

“He asked me if I could go on TV and kiss him to prove that you couldn’t get HIV/AIDS through casual contact, and I said yes,” she said on a panel at Mipcom. 

“That was the moment that my life completely changed because I realized what it meant to be famous, and to do good with that voice,” she said.

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