Mira Sorvino has taken enough crap.
The Oscar-winning actress and Harvard graduate has said she was attacked by Harvey Weinstein. She has put her reputation on the line, becoming a prominent face of the #MeToo movement. Her career was likely negatively impacted by her interactions with Weinstein.
She has dealt with a lot of pain and nonsense and gas lighting, and she won’t be putting up with any more. She made this clear on Sunday in a Twitter response to a user who called her a “pretty girl” who should avoid talking about history and politics and “stick to what [she’s] good at.”
ROMY DON’T PLAY THAT pic.twitter.com/6g7lU3vjcf— Owen Ellickson (@onlxn) June 25, 2018
The exchange was in response to comments Sorvino made on MSNBC on Sunday when the actress and mother of four visited Tornillo, Texas to protest against family separation. “I feel we are in pre-Nazi Germany,” she told Joy Reid. “The obfuscation, the lies, the totalitarian behavior is shocking and horrendous. We have to be vigilant.”
The person who tweeted Sorvino calling her unqualified to speak about history has since deleted the tweet. Luckily, fastidious Internet users have immortalized it.
Next time you feel like patronizing someone @tjrhattigan, remember the moment Mira Sorvino owned you hard.— Jorge I. Castillo (@jicastillo) June 24, 2018
The national conversation about whether or not it is appropriate to compare contemporary events to the Holocaust will likely rage on. The debate about whether a pretty woman who works as an actress can also be an educated person seems settled forever.
Jenny Singer is the deputy lifestyle editor for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny
This story "Mira Sorvino Owns Sexist Holocaust-splainer On Twitter" was written by Jenny Singer.