On International Women’s Day (March 8), Alyssa Milano tweeted that she was marking the day by celebrating her “transgender sisters.” In response, someone asked if she was trans, to which Milano responded:
“This is a subtle truth. Whatever you love, you are.” -Rumi ❤️— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019
She posted an apology of sorts after many responded negatively to the message:
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.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019
The great Rumi quote was my intention! https://t.co/IKNYs76dNg— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) March 9, 2019
Many pointed out that her apology fell short and that the Rumi line she quoted was sourced from a poem about greed, negating the meaning she intended when read in context.
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