Early Wednesday morning, Funny or Die—Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's comedy website—posted a "leaked!" sex tape of the 40-year-old Milano (who's famous for her roles on the TV shows Who's the Boss? and Charmed). The video is, of course, a staged comic bit. Milano and a handsome man start getting it on right as their camera "accidentally" swivels to a TV broadcasting an evening news report on the crisis in Syria, and the Obama administration's push for military intervention. The TV set is mounted next to a mirror, in which the viewers can see limbs flopping and a bed sheet moving.
"I think it was a really fun way to get people to realize that there are important issues our country is dealing with right now," Milano tells Mother Jones. "If people end up learning something about the crisis in Syria that's a good thing—even if I had to do a sex tape to lure them in."
The video ends with Milano saying to her lover, "This is boring, change the channel, put it on the Swamp People," referring to the History channel's reality TV series that documents the lives of alligator hunters.
To promote the "Syrian sex tape," Milano tweeted out the following on Wednesday:
What sex tape?— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 4, 2013
Oh no! I'm not sure how it got out.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 4, 2013
My sex tape was leaked. Not sure what to say. Going to post the link myself to try to control the situation☛ http://t.co/rMICHDeioC— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) September 4, 2013
Funny or Die's Nick Corirossi, one of the writers and directors of the "sex tape," is keeping up a similar act. "I was the tape's finder," Corirossi says. "Funny or Die every once in a while tries to purchase sex tapes...[but] this time it was more boring than ever. It was all about all this Syrian stuff. It's the most boring sex tape debacle I've ever been involved in." (Corirossi did say that he does not believe the video takes a political position on intervention, but does serve as "an update" on Syria news.)
Milano has dabbled in political fare before. Since 2003, she has been (along with a bunch of other celebs) a UNICEF ambassador, and has traveled with the UN program to Kosovo, India, and Angola. She's voiced her support for same-sex marriage. And she starred in a 2010 Funny or Die video (Ron Livingston, Gillian Jacobs, and many more) urging Americans to vote. Funny or Die posts a lot of political satire and content—and has done fake celebrity sex tapes before, as well.