“Dead to Me” star Christina Applegate targeted the Daily Wire’s Candace Owens for comments she made about an underwear brand using a model in a wheelchair in an advertisement.
The actress, who hinted at retirement last month, after her body had physically deteriorated due to the debilitating diagnosis of multiple sclerosis that she announced in 2021.
“Yes late tweet. But woke to see the most horrifying thing,” Applegate posted on Twitter Wednesday.
“This Candace person making comments about companies who see we need help. It’s f–king gross.”
A clip from Owens podcast went viral, when the conservative commentator was trashed on Twitter for her criticism of Kim Kardashian’s SKIMS line, which advertised adaptive underwear that is more accessible for people with disabilities.
The ad featured a model in a wheelchair that wore a bra with “hook and eye front closure for added accessibility of dressing,” and briefs with side closures, which Owens vocally took offense to on her show.
“I don’t really understand how far we’re going to take this inclusivity thing. I really don’t get it. I don’t know. If I’m wrong, again, educate me, today, I just want to be educated in the comments,” Owens began.
“If people that are in wheelchairs were thinking as they were looking around, ‘You know what really upsets me, that I’ve never seen a bra and underwear advertised with a girl with a wheelchair.'”
“Why did they do this? I don’t know, I don’t know why this needs to be done. I’m getting tired of this all-inclusivity thing. It seems ridiculous.”
Owens questioned if the next campaign would feature a girl on crutches, so the brand could expand their level of inclusion.
She also said that she “assumed” that people in wheelchairs also have to buy bras and underwear, but “didn’t know that we needed to see it in our face.”
“I didn’t know that now we’re going to have to look forward to campaigns where women that are in wheelchairs are now wearing bras and underwear, because we as a society cannot just get to the bottom of our ridiculousness.”
“Because that’s what it is, we are being ridiculous, America,” she concluded.
Applegate, who was seen at the Screen Actors Guild Awards using a black cane covered in stickers that said “FU MS,” doesn’t think there’s anything “ridiculous” about undergarments that make life easier for people with disabilities.
“Candace Owens, do you know when you have seen pictures of me how fucking hard it was to get my clothes on?” Applegate snapped.
“A team has to help me!!! So I’m excited for accessibility clothing for me and my community.“
“If Candace wants to get on the phone with me to be educated on being disabled,” she offered.
“I will not come with anger. I will come with love. Because she needs to hear that. I pray for her tonight. Sincerely.”
In a follow-up video, Owens claimed that her remarks don’t mean that she is “ableist,” but refused to back down from her original point.
“Let’s debunk the idea that I’m an ableist, she commented on her Wednesday episode.
“I thought that was really, really interesting, that I somehow wanted to pursue disabled people and I somehow wanted them out of spaces. That is absolute nonsense.”
“I’ve spent my entire life fighting the idea that, in order for me to feel like I’m allowed to be Black or that I’m allowed to be a woman, I need to therefore see Black women everywhere.”
“That is the opposite of what it means to actually have confidence,” Owens concluded.
“I don’t need to see Tyra Banks being a model. I don’t need to see Tyra Banks wearing underwear.”