Alyssa Milano announced on her Twitter account last week that a sex tape featuring her had been leaked and that she was posting the link to it herself to try and “control the situation”. The internet held its collective breath at the news, but no one could know what Ms. Milano was really up to.
The link Milano posted takes the viewer to a clip on the Funny Or Die website. What follows are flashes of sexy decadence, Milano’s trademark combination of silliness and sexiness, accentuated by an image of her adjusting a camera at the foot of the bed… a screen cap that still haunts the internet nearly a week later. Once the stage is set, however, Milano kicks the camera away from the action in her rush to be with her ‘lover’. The camera is suddenly pointed at the television instead where a reporter gives an audience that probably wasn’t looking for it a brief yet concise history of the current conflict in Syria.
What’s wonderful about this is that Milano knows how to get people to listen to causes she cares about. There is a mirror at the edge of the frame that reflects the top of the bed where Milano and her ‘lover’ frolic underneath the sheets while the report on Syria plays. Rather than completely taking her audience out of the fantasy, she dangles it like a carrot keeping the viewer watching. Nothing is ever truly revealed in the mirror, but the promise of a glimpse of something keeps the pedestrian viewer watching the Funny Or Die clip. Whether they want to or not, they learn something about a very serious issue.
Throughout her career, Alyssa Milano has used her celebrity status to bring attention to social issues and causes in an engaging way and this latest clip is no exception. In fact, as the Syrian crisis continues to escalate, her video becomes more topical with each passing day. Any celebrity who doesn’t take themselves too seriously has a much better chance of spreading awareness through feats like this one. A celebrity on a soapbox very often comes off as just that, someone trying very hard to gain notoriety through the tragedy of others. However, when a celebrity uses their status simply to open a door to awareness, like Milano does here, it has a much better chance of taking hold with anyone listening.
Bravo to Alyssa Milano for her clever and conscious play. Hopefully, more note will be taken of her in Hollywood. How she has not become a top box office grosser in romantic comedies boggles the mind. Currently, she is starring in ABC’s drama series, Mistresses, which is based on the BBC drama of the same name. She plays Savi Davis, a successful attorney on track for partner at her law firm who, in a moment of weakness, succumbs to the flirtations of a co-worker and finds herself pregnant. The problem? She has no idea if the baby is her co-worker’s or her husband’s.
The season finale of the series airs tonight at 9 PM on ABC.