She wrote, “We must end racism in its entirety. Allowing the @NFL to continue to use the @redskins name is destructive to Native communities and cannot be tolerated any longer. Change the name.”
Milano also shared a link to a petition explaining how Redskins is a racially insensitive name. It read, “It is past time that the Washington Football Team retired its derogatory name—Redskins—to history with the other racist and dehumanizing terms of our past.”
She received some backlash online after critics pointed out that she previously modeled a clothing line, Touch by Alyssa Milano, which featured several items with the Washington Redskins’ name and logo.
Milano addressed the controversy in 2017 saying, “Hey, guys. Been trying to get this taken care of for years. NFL/NHL licensing is inclusive of these teams. PLEASE email at email@example.com and I will forward complaints to manufacturing company.”
“My manufacturing company controls the line and what we sell based on licensing from leagues. There is no reason for me to lie to you. I’m not a hurtful person. I’m giving you my email address. Please use it. Thank you,” she added.