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Alyssa Milano responds to bullying with class

Actress kills with kindness in response to a shameless joke about her weight.
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Warren L. Waterman, January 3, 2014 10:35:31 AM

Sounds like Alyssa Milano could teach classes in the art of rising above.

The star of TV’s Mistresses, Charmed and Who’s the Boss? managed a completely graceful response after being mocked on-air recently by comic-turned-sports radio host Jay Mohr.

The two had crossed paths back about a month ago at the NASCAR Sprint Cup awards ceremony, where Milano was a presenter and Mohr was host. For reasons that are not entirely clear (but which say a lot about the type of sub-shock-jock commentary he has slid into since his days on SNL), Mohr later went after Milano… for her weight.

“She’s very tiny – in height. It seems like she had a baby and said ‘I don’t really give a s—’ … I read it on her gut.”

Yeah, you have to kind of step around his awkward patter just to figure out where he’s going with it, but it’s there: a cruel and utterly needless jab at her appearance. I hesitate even to point out that Milano, a 41-year-old mother with a two-year-old son, actually looks great – because pointing out that might suggest that Mohr’s cheap comment could’ve possibly been warranted under any circumstance.

It’s not like there was some existing animosity between them, either, because in practically the same breath Mohr (deliberately mangling Alyssa’s name) remarked that “Melissa what’s-her-face” was very nice – then he whined something about her not wearing Spanx.

Here was Milano’s eventual response, which arrived late Christmas Day via Twitter:

“So sorry you felt the need to publicly fat-shame me,” she tweeted directly at Mohr. “Be well and God bless. Please send my love to your beautiful wife.”

And so far, that’s it.

Mohr was no doubt keeping his head down and hoping that his misstep would stay under the radar over the holidays. No dice: the Daily News ran with it, everyone else is back at work, and Mohr is wiping now-rotten egg off his face as the week’s least favourite internet ogre.

Mohr clumsily passed his body-shaming remarks off as some kind of joke, responding on Twitter to both Milano and Perez Hilton, though even he seemed to acknowledge that the joke wasn’t at all funny.

“She’s stunning. I mistakenly thought the absurdity of what I was saying would have been taken as a joke. #fail”

Fail indeed – from a guy whose career high points have been a “tell all” book of complaints about his lack of success on Saturday Night Live and a brief acting career typecast as arrogant d-bags. Maybe Mohr should read his own book and give some thought to why people didn’t enjoy his humour to begin with.

As for Milano, she might enjoy going back and watching Mohr’s arrogant characters get their comeuppance in 200 Cigarettes and Jerry Maguire, but it sounds as if she’s probably above that sort of thing too.

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