When Conan O’Brien asked Mila Kunis to talk about the “little prank” she pulled on the vice president, she acknowledged that her answer would be controversial, saying, “This is when a lot of hate mail comes my way.”
She went on to explain that because she opposes Mike Pence’s platform, she started making donations to Planned Parenthood in his name. Every month, his office gets a letter that says, “An anonymous donation has been made in your name.” She told Conan, “I don’t look at it as a prank. I strongly disagree, and this is my little way of showing it.” She sees it as a peaceful protest. Watch the clip here:
By setting up the donations in Mike Pence’s name, Kunis is participating in a form of protest that started after the 2016 election. Pence called for federal funds to the organization to be cut off, despite the fact that Planned Parenthood provides reproductive healthcare to millions of people. Last November, many celebrities, including Amy Schumer, Amber Tamblyn, and Bethany Cosentino of the band Best Coast, encouraged Planned Parenthood supporters to make donations in Pence’s name—and it sounds like Kunis liked the idea so much, she set up a monthly donation.
Kunis isn’t on social media, so she’s unlikely to face much backlash for her activism, but a few conservatives responded to her Conan appearance by donating to donating to anti-choice groups and the NRA in her name. The NRA seems like an odd choice, since Kunis once told the British newspaper The Telegraph that she and husband Ashton Kutcher keep a gun in the house. She also said, “I can take a gun apart and put it back together blindfolded.” Will somebody please write an action movie that shows off Kunis’s ability to assemble a gun without looking? She’s clearly qualified for better starring roles than A Bad Moms Christmas.