Alyssa Milano’s leftist political activism turned her into one of the hottest memes on the internet this week.
The actress partook in the “Rise Up for Roe” pro-abortion protests in Phoenix, Arizona, over the weekend.
During her time there, the actress tweeted a photo of herself wearing a “Handmaid’s Tale” outfit while holding a sign that read, “Never Kavanaugh, Never Gilead.”
The caption on her tweet read, “#RiseUpForRoe #WeAreNotProperty #StopKavanaugh.”
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 19, 2018
The sign had two references: one to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, of course — and the other to the Republic of Gilead, the theocratic and authoritarian regime in which the television show “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set.
Although Milano wanted to spread a left-wing message and attack pro-lifers, she ended up giving conservatives countless opportunities to mock her — with memes.
Here is a sampling of the bunch.
I finally figured out who Alyssa Milano was reminding me of. pic.twitter.com/1ZcBbRWUoV
— neontaster 🐉🎲🐺 (@neontaster) August 20, 2018
— Uri Blago (@UriBlago) August 20, 2018
— Jeff Dobbs (@jeffdobbs) August 20, 2018
— Deepereyes (@deepereyes) August 20, 2018
— Stephen Liuzzo (@Stev_726) August 20, 2018
— Khakis Richard from Boston (@Rossirwin11) August 20, 2018
— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) August 20, 2018
It’s not quite the effect Milano was going for, to put it mildly.
Milano may have thought her outfit and slogan were clever, but the internet was just a few steps ahead of her and ready to pounce when given the opportunity.
Dressing a little more modernly and being a little less extremist may have prevented some of the roasts she received.
The situation should come as no surprise for those familiar with Milano’s recent leftist activism. Earlier in the year, she said she would “take to the streets” if President Donald Trump fired special counsel Robert Mueller — and she promoted a “day of mourning” prior to a National Rifle Association Convention in Dallas, Texas, back in May.
Earlier this month, she also claimed that Green Party votes in the Ohio 12th District special election were the result of Russian meddling; Republican Troy Balderson earned 50.1 percent of the vote in that race.
Tom Joyce is a freelance writer from the South Shore of Massachusetts. He covers sports, pop culture, and politics and has contributed to The Federalist, Newsday, and other outlets.