Christina Applegate slammed conservative commentator Candace Owens in a series of tweets on Thursday after the podcast host attacked a new underwear advertisement that featured a model in a wheelchair.
Applegate, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and uses a cane to walk, said that Owens’s comments on the subject were “horrifying.”
The actress, known for Married with Children, Anchorman, and Dead to Me, was diagnosed with the condition in 2021 while filming the last season of Dead to Me.
In 2008, Applegate was diagnosed with breast cancer. She then had a double mastectomy and reportedly had her ovarian and fallopian tubes removed to prevent other cancers going forward.
In a recent podcast episode, Owens reacted to a 2022 advertisement for underwear from Kim Kardashian’s company Skims. The ad featured a model who was in a wheelchair donning a Skims bra and a pair of underwear.
“I don’t really understand how far we’re going to take this inclusivity thing,” the commentator said. “I really don’t get it, I don’t know, and if I am wrong, educate me.”
Owens added that “I’m just getting tired of this all-inclusivity thing. It seems ridiculous.”
The ad was for Skims’s adaptive collection, which is meant to provide options to people with limited mobility or disabilities.
In her response, Applegate wrote, “Yes late tweet.But woke to see the most horrifying thing. This Candace person making comments about companies who see we need help. It’s f****** gross. I thank skims and Tommy and Guide beauty and @neowalksticks for seeing us.To you #youshouldknowbetter.”
She followed it up with a second tweet, which read, “Going to try and sleep but my rage is keeping me awake. Candace Owens, do you know when you have seen pictures of me how f****** hard it was to get my clothes on? A team has to help me!!! So I’m excited for accessibility clothing for me and my community.Hope u wake.”
Afterward, she shared a different sentiment and offered to educate Owens on her struggle.
“I thought my last tweet was enough. But then my heart said something else. No rage. If Candace wants to get on the phone with me to be educated on being disabled. I will not come with anger. I will come with love. Because she needs to hear that. I pray for her tonight.sincerely,” she wrote.
In a new episode of her podcast posted on Wednesday, Owens addressed the criticism.
“Let’s debunk the idea that I’m an ableist,” she said. “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.”
She later claimed, “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.”
However, Owens has yet to address Applegate’s comments or her offer.