Never before in history has a celebrity "sex tape" crossed the lines into politics in the way the newest video addition has managed to do so.
Sex tape! Those words have become common in the entertainment industry over the years, but this week a new video was released and it didn't have the same effect as others have had in the past. Early Wednesday morning, a video was released of actress Alyssa Milano. Milano gained fame in the late 1980s playing the daughter of Tony Danza on the TV show 'Who's the Boss' and later on the hit show 'Charmed.' The video was released on the comedy website "Funny or Die," run by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. The video was promoted as "leaked," but it turns out it wasn't a real sex tape after all.
In the video, Milano starts to fool around with her lover when the camera is hit and swings to a sitting position, facing the TV set. On the TV is a news broadcast of horror in Syria and the Obama administration's decision to possible use military force in the region. With slight visuals of body parts in the background and suggestive noises, the idea of a "sex tape" putting attention on the biggest political story in the news today is a first.
Speaking to Mother Jones magazine, Milano said filming the video was fun and was hoping it could bring attention to the situation in Syria.
"I think it was a really fun way to get people to realize that there are important issues our country is dealing with right now. If people end up learning something about the crisis in Syria that's a good thing, even if I had to do a sex tape to lure them in."
According to a new Washington Post poll, nearly 60 percent of the American people oppose any military action in Syria. A decade of two wars, trillions of dollars added to the national debt and thousands of lives lost, Americans are spent when it comes to the idea of another potential war. While many are political engaged, millions more Americans don't have any idea about what is going on in the country. If a "sex tape" can get them to realize what is going on in their own country and around the world, it could only be seen as a success.