Why Was Alyssa Milano’s Appearance at the Kavanaugh Hearings Controversial?

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Actress Alyssa Milano | Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for World of Children

Actress Alyssa Milano showed her support for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford by attending the contentious hearings of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.”I felt like I needed to be here to show my solidarity for Dr. Ford,” ABC News reports. “On this day that will be very difficult for her.”

Milano knows about what it means to live with the pain of sexual assault all too well. In a recent Vox essay, she recounted how she tried to push away memories of an assault that happened to her in the past. “It took me years after my assault to voice the experience to my closest friends. It took me three decades to tell my parents that the assault had even happened.” Milano wrote she never filed a police report or told officials.

While Milano quietly sat as Kavanaugh testified, controversy swirled around her appearance. What about her appearance caused a stir?

She shot ‘daggers’ at Kavanaugh during his testimony

A few observers noticed Milano was giving Kavanaugh the “death stare” as he testified. Mashable compiled a series of tweets with user comments. “Alyssa_Milano is all of us right now completely unimpressed by Kavanaugh’s opening statement and disgusted,” one user commented. Another observed, “Alyssa_Milano is having none of it!!”

Milano’s phone was confiscated

Her phone was taken away because she was tweeting and recording Kavanaugh’s testimony, Newsweek reports. During the hearings, she managed to tweet and post many times, including, “I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.” Also, “The @GOP were worried about the optics of a group of men questioning Dr. Ford about sexual assault. They should have been worried about the optics of a group of men with a lack of humanity not questioning Dr. Ford about sexual assault.”

CNN reporter tweeted Kate Bennett tweeted, “Finally. Alyssa_Milano has been breaking room rules for this hearing by videotaping and photographing on and off all day. A guard just went over and told her to stop.”

Milano was Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s guest

Top democrat Sen Dianne Feinstein invited Milano to attend the testimony. Feinstein had her own battles during the testimony. She and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley had a grizzly exchange during her opening statement, CNN reports. Also, Sen. Lindsey Graham then attacked Feinstein for providing coaching to Dr. Ford, according to The Washington Times. “Boy, y’all want power. I hope you never get it,” Graham said.

Her outfit caused a stir

Some people focused on what Milano was wearing, USA Today reports. Comments included that her attire was “disrespectful with that cleavage hanging out.” Another wrote, “The revealing… outfit you wore to the Kavanaugh hearing is in itself revealing to your own motives for being in attendance.”

Others pointed out that shaming the actress for her attire was part of the problem. “Women can wear whatever they want and your reaction is not their problem,” the supporter wrote.

Conservative contributor poses a challenge to Milano

Fox News contributor, Tomi Lahren seemed annoyed that Milano was in attendance, according to The Wrap. She tweeted, “Alyssa_Milano you’re such a joke. I would love to call you out on your sleazy crap at @Politicon.”

Lahren is a strong Kavanaugh supporter, recently slamming retired NFL player Reggie Bush when he commented on her position. Bush made strong remarks on Twitter about how supporters backed the Supreme Court nominee. Lahren lashed out asking if all women should be believed.

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