Despite seeing her Charmed co-star Rose McGowan and other actors speak out against the Harvey Weinstein allegations, Alyssa Milano remained silent. But in a recent post on her website Patriot Not Partisan, the TV host released a statement and attributed her lack of response to her friendship with Weinstein’s now-exGeorgina Chapman.
“Even with these strong feelings—not just about Weinstein but about workplace sexism in general—this statement is complicated for me for personal reasons,” her post read. “Harvey has a wife, who I have had the privilege of working with for the last 5 years on Project Runway All Stars. Georgina Chapman is my friend. She is one of the most special humans I have ever met.”
“Harvey and Georgina also have two very young children who my children have known their entire lives,” her statement continued. “It is because of my love for Georgina, India and Dashiell that I haven’t publicly commented on this until now. Please don’t confuse my silence for anything other than respect for a dear friend and her beautiful children.”
In addition to explaining her silence, Milano expressed her feelings about the Weinstein allegations.
“While I am sickened and angered over the disturbing accusations of Weinstein’s sexual predation and abuse of power, I’m happy—ecstatic even—that it has opened a dialogue around the continued sexual harassment, objectification and degradation of women,” she stated. “To the women who have suffered any form of abuse of power, I stand beside you. To the women who have come forward against a system that is designed to keep you silent, I stand in awe of you and appreciate you and our fortitude.”
Milano’s Charmed co-star McGowan was mentioned in The New York Times exposé detailing Weinstein’s sexual misconduct allegations for a $100,000 settlement she reached with Weinstein in 1997 “after “after an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.” Weinstein’s attorney told Page Six the article’s claims are “false and defamatory.” McGowan has continued to speak about the Weinstein Company and sexual harassment on social media.
Milano also wrote about the sexism behind the word “actress”—calling it “a feminized, watered down name for the same profession our male colleagues have dominated”—and detailed the harassment women face not just in Hollywood, but everywhere.
“In any—and every—profession, women are continuously mistreated,” she wrote. “This is not an uncommon occurrence. This is a sick culture. Men like Harvey Weinstein are around every corner. Men who undermine women and their strength, ability and intelligence exist everywhere.”
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Published at Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:12:46 +0000
Tonight, the fight for control of the Carrington dynasty begins…again.
The CW is about to bring us it’s remake of the popular 1981 soap Dynasty, and based on what we’ve seen so far, it’s delicious to the point of possibly being extremely delicious. While the new show isn’t an exact copy of the original show, a lot of it comes pretty damn close…with a few 2017 twists.
“I mean, obviously my thoughts go to shoulder pads and big hair, but that’s not really our territory anymore,” star James Mackay, who plays Steven Carrington, told us on set. “Although I would like to think we have whatever the 2017 equivalent is.”
It’s true, there are no shoulder pads or big hair, but there are cat fights, all the original characters, and clothes to die for.
“We pay tribute to the original in every way we can, be it through an outfit or through dialogue that we’ve lifted from the original, so I think both old and new fans will love the show equally,” Liz Gillies, who plays Fallon, says in the video above.
But the changes aren’t just about fashion. The original series was very much a product of its time, meaning it featured a lot of storylines that were fairly insensitive, especially when it comes to race and sexuality.
“Look, there were some storylines in the original that were hugely problematic by today’s standards,” Mackay says. “I mean, you don’t have to go far to see where they are. We’ve got a much more diverse cast. We’ve switched some ethnicities and genders of characters.”
Patriarch Blake Carrington, originally played by John Forsythe, was a particularly problematic part of the 80s series.
“The original Blake was of a different time, and he was of a different time even in the 80s,” says Grant Show, who plays the new Blake Carrington. “He was prejudiced, and he didn’t like homosexuality, and there were these things that were very clear lines for him. It wasn’t easy to be sympathetic with him because we all knew he was wrong. The Blake that I’m playing, he may still be uncomfortable with his son’s homosexuality, he may have racism, but he knows it’s wrong, and so he battles with that within himself.”
Rafael de la Fuente plays perhaps the show’s biggest change from the original. He’s playing Sammy Jo, who was originally played by Heather Locklear as the woman who eventually married Steven, who was gay.
“It is now a much more diverse cast and a much more accurate representation of what the world looks like and America looks like,” de La Fuente says. “There’s different races, and different nationalities and different cultures and different sexualities, and it’s not a problem or a thing, you know. It’s just people.”
“At first when I was cast in this role, people were mad. ‘Jeff Colby isn’t black!'” Sam Adegoke tells us. “I had to think about it, because I grew up with Fresh Prince, and don’t ever reboot Fresh Prince! I had to take myself out of it and then I was able to empathize and say wow, I get it. So I’m hoping people will at least embrace and give us an opportunity to tell these iconic stories with new voices, knowing that we’re going to honor the legacy of old, but we’re going to do something new and kinda make it our own, and it’s gonna be fun and dynamic.”
To see just how different this new cast looks compared to the old, keep on scrolling!
Dynasty premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on the CW.
Published at Wed, 11 Oct 2017 15:00:00 +0000