Alyssa Milano on why Hollywood is so politically left-leaning

"Liberal Hollywood." It's a prevalent stereotype -- but is it really as accurate as the public believes? According to Alyssa Milano, there's no question.

"[Hollywood] is left-leaning for sure, for better or for worse," Milano said during a recent conversation with AOL. "There's a certain tunnel vision to these ideologies. I think artists ... are always going to be left-leaning because it's just more inclusive. More tolerant."

Milano is disappointed, she said, that many of today's music artists haven't stepped up to create songs that speak to the landmark issues currently crippling the United States. A mega-fan of the Beatles -- her son has six original sketches by John Lennon framed in his bedroom -- she says musicians aren't "taking seriously" the gravity of this moment in time.

"I feel like there's not really protest songs coming out of this generation. Can you name any new protest songs?" Milano said, adding that generic songs about empowerment or change lack power. Those songs "still have their place, but it's no Bob Dylan or John Lennon, or Crosby, Stills & Nash. People who really wrote protest anthems."

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Amidst relentless partisan turmoil plaguing the country, Milano says Americans should look to one of their favorite pasttimes to learn how to better understand oneanother. A diehard New York Giants fan who recently launched her fall sportswear collection, Touch by Alyssa Milano, the actress calls being in a football stadium "a great equalizer."

"Everybody's views are way too fossilized in politics," she said. "But in a stadium, even though we're rooting for one team, we can still appreciate a play from the opposing team if it's a great play." 

The "Insatiable" star is an outspoken critic of President Trump, taking to Twitter nearly every day to challenge his widely controversial decisions and behavior. To stay quiet just isn't an option -- "I can't not speak up," she said -- but she's well aware that other Hollywood figures keep mum about their politics.

"I think they're afraid," she said. "There's a certain element of vulnerabiltiy that you have to be okay with. You have to be okay with getting death threats and mean tweets. I have to voice my concerns, what's in my heart. Otherwise I don't feel like I'm being true."

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Actress Alyssa Milano attends The Weinstein Company's Pre-Oscar Dinner in partnership with Bvlgari and Grey Goose at Montage Beverly Hills on February 25, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Actors Adrian G Alyssa Milano at the Rolling Stone Live: Houston presented by Budweiser and Mercedes-Benz on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Produced in partnership with Talent Resources Sports. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Rolling Stone)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Actress/Founder of Touch by Alyssa Milano, Alyssa Milano (R) attends the Taste Of The NFL 'Party With A Purpose' at Houston University on February 4, 2017 in Houston. at University of Houston on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images for Taste Of The NFL)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 04: Former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton (L) and actress Alyssa Milano arrive for the Fanatics Super Bowl Party at Ballroom at Bayou Place on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Fanatics)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Actress Alyssa Milano arrives at the NHL 100 presented by GEICO Red Carpet as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend at the Microsoft Theater on January 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 03: Alyssa Milano and Jiffpom visit the SiriusXM set at Super Bowl LI Radio Row at the George R. Brown Convention Center on February 3, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM )
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27: Kathryn Tappen, host, NBC Sports, and Alyssa Milano, entrepreneur, actress, philanthropist & founder, Touch by Alyssa Milano, speak onstage at the Women In Sports Business Panel as part of the 2017 NHL All-Star weekend at Regal Cinemas at L.A. Live on January 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actress Alyssa Milano attends the 2017 Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globes after party on January 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 06: David Bugliari and Alyssa Milano attend a benefit hosted by Brian Grazer for the Ghetto Film School on October 6, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Alyssa Milano attends Kiehl's LifeRide for Ovarian Cancer Research Event at Kiehl's Since 1851 on September 22, 2016 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 24: Alyssa Milano attends the Inaugural Fashion Show Benefiting Make-A-Wish with BCBGMAXAZRIA and Celebrity Host Brad Goreski at The Taglyan Complex on August 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 14: Actress Alyssa Milano is seen arriving at Marchesa fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 14, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 24: Actress Alyssa Milano attends the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Fashion Fundraiser at Taglyan Cultural Complex on August 24, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Livingston/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13: (L-R) Alyssa Milano and Judith Light attend the 2016 TrevorLive New York event at Marriott Marquis Times Square on June 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Debra L Rothenberg/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 04: Alyssa Milano visits 'Extra' at Universal Studios Hollywood on May 4, 2016 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - APRIL 15: UNICEF Ambassador and recipient of the 'Spirit of Compassion' award Alyssa Milano at the Children First. An Evening With UNICEF on April 15, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images for U.S. Fund for UNICEF)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Actress Alyssa Milano visits 'Sway in the Morning' with Sway Calloway on Eminem's Shade 45 at the SiriusXM Studios on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Actress Alyssa Milano attends the Variety's Power Of Women: New York 2016 at Cipriani Midtown on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Alyssa Milano attends at AOL Studios In New York on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Adela Loconte/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Actress Alyssa Milano is seen outside 'Huff Post Live' on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Alyssa Milano arrives at Maxim Magazine And Bootsy Bellows Super Bowl Party 2016 at Treasure Island on February 6, 2016 in San Francisco, California (Photo by Trisha Leeper/FilmMagic)
THE VIEW - Alyssa Milano is a guest on 'The View,' airing Thursday, April 7, 2016. 'The View' airs Monday-Friday (11:00 am-12:00 pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOY BEHAR, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, ALYSSA MILANO, RAVEN-SYMONE´, JEDEDIAH BILA
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