When you think of Alyssa Milano, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Probably not her huge, firm knowledge of conflict in the Middle East.
As everyone knows, it’s physically impossible to care about the war in Syria and celebrity sex tapes at the same time. Not many people know this, but if you try and search for ‘One Night In Paris’ whilst having BBC News open in another tab, your laptop will combust and leave you with no eyebrows.
Ever the humanitarian, Alyssa has volunteered to teach us shallow morons in the only way that we’ll understand: with boobs.
She sparked the imaginations of men and women everywhere on Wednesday by tweeting the following:
Alas, it was a link to the latest Funny Or Die clip starring the actress. How many times are we going to see the old ‘Tell Them It’s Porn But Actually Educate Them On Foreign Issues’ trick before we stop falling for it?
The two-minute clip features Alyssa and a nameless beefcake in Cabo on a romantic getaway – complete with rose petals, candlelight, and a video camera, naturally. Just as things start getting nasty, the camera is kicked away and all the audience gets is a juicy shot of the flat-screen, and a news anchor describing the background of the Syrian conflict.
As clever as it is – and no doubt that it will actually work on some people – is it entirely fair to use sex to raise awareness of genocide? Either way, the clip is meant to shame us all into caring more about chemical warfare than famous people getting kinky. Or former Disney stars twerking, as several self-righteous bloggers pointed out several times over the past two weeks.
They need to give us a little more credit. Who says we can’t care about both foreign policy and naked people at the same time?