Wendy Williams and Alyssa Milano argued about public breastfeeding on a recent taping of The Wendy Williams Show
Alyssa Milano has built a reputation for herself as a breastfeeding advocate. Since she’s become a mom she’s freely shared images of herself breastfeeding, in an attempt to normalize public breastfeeding and make it an easier road for fellow moms to travel. She’s been fearless about her supportive stance, and it’s pretty refreshing.
The actress went on The Wendy Williams Show this week, and the talk show host decided to embrace her “no nonsense” interview style, as usual. “No nonsense” in her case just usually means, “I’ll say whatever comes into my head and it’s okay, because I’m Wendy Willams.”
Wendy transitioned from the usual boring question any woman who’s given birth has to answer — how she lost the baby weight — to questioning Milano about breastfeeding. “Alyssa recently caused controversy because she was breastfeeding,” Williams starts. Milano shrugs the statement off with a chuckle, probably thinking that Williams is going to say something about how ridiculous it is that people make such a big deal about it. Milano says, “I’ve been posting pictures of my breastfeeding journey since Elizabella was a little baby.” Williams then asks her if she was surprised by the reaction, to which Milano replies, “I was… it was kind of shocking that we were that opinionated about something that’s supposed to be so incredibly natural.” Wendy, always the proud pot-stirrer replies, “I’m opinionated.” Here’s what happens next:
Milano: You are? That’s shocking.
Williams: Alyssa, yes.
Milano: What about it upsets you?
Williams: I don’t need to see that.
Williams: Because I just don’t want to.
Milano: But would you eat under a blanket?
Williams: What I would do is I would go to a car.
Milano: You would go feed your baby in the car?
Williams: Yes. Not on the bench in the front of a big box store.
Milano: Why is it okay to show that picture of Miley Cyrus with two suspenders over her breasts? So for you, maybe you’ve sexualized breasts.
Williams: Yes, yes they are. They are more sexual than a feeding thing. I don’t know why I feel this way. I’m a mom, but breastfeeding is only a particular amount of time, [but] the rest of your life, your breasts are sexual things.
Milano: But biologically they’re not made for sexual things, that’s what we’ve done to them.
Williams: THEY’RE FUNBAGS.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but at what point do you just say, “Hey, I have an afternoon talk show with a huge reach, maybe I shouldn’t say the offensive thing just to say it. Maybe I should be a little better than that?” I’m looking at you, Wendy.
Women are up against enough without being shamed for their choices by other women in front of a studio audience. Milano handled the conversation with grace, and made many of us even bigger fans.