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‘I wasn’t in blackface, I was Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’

‘I wasn’t in blackface, I was Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi’

Actress Alyssa Milano says she never appeared in blackface — that was a Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi tan she was wearing.

Conservative outlets have been buzzing about a Milano “blackface scandal” over a resurfaced image from a 2007 “Funny or Die” video skit.

A look at the full video shows that Milano was never in blackface — she was in Snooki-face, she said.

SEASIDE HEIGHTS – 8/4/11 – Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi waits for her next interview at the “Jersey Shore” house in Seaside Heights during a media availablity on the day when Season 4 of their show premieres on MTV. ASBURY PARK PRESS PHOTO BY THOMAS P. COSTELLO JERSEYSHORE0804Y

“The right wing trolls are using a still from this funny or die video where (we) parodied Snooki from Jersey Shore,” tweeted Milano on June 27. “If you see the screen grab that they are using maybe you can shut them down with a link to the entire video.”

Milano revisited the issue on June 30.

“The below picture is me parodying Jersey Shore and Snookie’s tan,” Milano tweeted. “Snookie’s tan (she is a sweetheart by the way) is worthy of parodying as is Trump’s ‘tan’.”

All the cast members of “Jersey Shore,” and now “Jersey Shore Family Vacation,” are big on tanning. The “T” in their “GTL” catch-phrase stands for “tan.” The “G” stands for “gym” and the “L” stands for laundry.   

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Milano, a star of TV and the movies, has been active in progressive causes since the ’80s.

“Cancel culture is being weaponized by the right/Putin,” tweeted Milano. “Take notice of who they are targeting & what is trending. Are they trying to hurt Trump’s most vocal critics? Yup. The misinformation campaign has begun. Be vigilant in what you post on social media. Truth still matters.”

A request for comment from Polizzi, who has announced that she’s leaving the show, was not returned as of press time.

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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. His multiple awards include recognition for stories on both Bruce Springsteen and “Jersey Shore.” Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Alyssa Milano slams blackface claims, says was channeling ‘Snooki’