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Alyssa Milano – who has no shortage of questionable tweets that have been widely panned – uncorked yet another post on Twitter that was thoroughly trounced by many. The “Who’s the Boss?” actress ticked off a generous number of Twitter users this weekend by claiming that fathers telling their sons to “take care of your mother” is misogynistic.
On Thursday night, Milano tweeted: “Can we stop saying to our sons things like: ‘take care of your mother while I’m gone.’ This is insinuating that women can’t take care of ourselves. And it’s bulls**t.”
Twitter reactions to Milano’s tweet flew in fast and furious. Many commentators only saw positives in dads telling their sons to care for their mom and not to let anything bad happen to the matriarch. While at the same time, others believed that the actress was fishing for attention.
Actor Adam Baldwin said: “The only thing it might ‘insinuate’ to women who can actually take care of themselves is a fatherly sense of familial love & duty encouraged to sons staying behind on the homefront while dad’s away. Regular healthy women aren’t offended by this.”
Daily Wire CEO Jeremy Boreing replied: “We basically have. Look what it’s gotten us.”
Columnist Kurt Schlichter simply said: “No. We can’t.”
Reporter Alana Mastrangelo tweeted: “No. Boys need to become men.”
Actor Nick Searcy questioned: “Imagine being married to someone who hates men this much.”
Author Chad Felix Greene snarked: “Run out of things to be outraged over, huh.”
YouTuber Adam Grandmaison just wrote: “Mental illness.”
Actor Matthew Marsden exclaimed: “I always say this to my sons. So no. F*** off. I’m raising men.”
Tablet Magazine’s Noam Blum fired back: “Or maybe the point is to make the kid feel important and responsible and not everything is about you.”
YouTuber Justin Whang joked: “Father on his deathbed: Take care of your mother while I’m gone. Alyssa Milano: This is insinuating that women can’t take care of ourselves. And it’s bullsh**t. Father: *dies*”
A commenter added: “What a miserable mind. I will always tell my son to take care of his mother while I’m gone. Sometimes it’s the little things that reveal the cultural divide.”
A Twitter user said: “Alyssa Milano is so self-centered she doesn’t realize it’s at least in part for the benefit of teaching boys to look out for and protect others, especially the women in their lives. Ironic that she was one of the people who spoke during the me too movement.”
Another person stated: “God forbid that people ask families to…act like families.”
Someone pointed out: “Weird Alyssa Milano showing us once again why most of us are better at this parenting thing. Why in the world would you insinuate it’s a negative thing to teach our sons respect and the importance of always taking care of their mother? This is one unhinged lady.”
A female commenter responded: “What @Alyssa_Milano doesn’t realize is that her statement further deprives boys of opportunities to learn compassion and respect for women. Her ‘woke’ opinion only hurts women and ensures boys remain boys, like all wokeism.”
Another Twitter user advised: “Boys….take care of your mothers if your dad is gone. And never, ever listen to Alyssa Milano.”
A woman said: “Imagine finding fault with a man telling his son to look after his mother. Every woman should be so lucky.”
Because of the backlash, Milano made it so only her followers could directly respond to her tweet. However, even her own followers called her out on her parenting premise.
Reuters reporter Rollo Ross wrote: “I understand this take if it’s from a man but everybody who said this to me growing up was female and in that respect, I don’t feel it was a bad thing. It showed me just how much my mother was doing for me and that I could and should help her out rather than being complacent.”
Columnist Leslie Streeter retorted: “As a widow who lost my husband when my son was not yet 2, I don’t feel the same way you do about it. It’s not ‘Protect her from a bear’ on an episode of ‘Little House.’ I feel my husband would just want my son to love me and comfort me.”
Alyssa Milano was a trending topic on Twitter during the weekend, and the “Fear” actress addressed the controversy by once again making it about misogyny.
“Apparently, I trended on Twitter today for tweeting that saying things to our sons like: ‘take care of your mother,’ implies to the son that women are incapable of taking care of themselves. The fact that this recognition of innate misogyny trended is part of the problem.”