|Popular actress Ashley Judd recently gave the public a refreshing reprieve by bravely countering baseless assaults from a prime time media “Gone Wild!”
As most are aware, Ashley Judd resides in Franklin, Tenn., is married to two-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti, is the sister of country music singing star Wynonna Judd, and, also, is the daughter of yet another country star, Naomi Judd.
As best research can tell, here’s what went down between Ashley Judd and the media: Judd is the star of a new television action drama titled Missing. Therefore, she, as of late, has appeared on many media outlets in an attempt to promote her new show.
Via the neurotic, out-of-control prime-time media, rumor commenced circulating that Ashley Judd’s face appeared “puffy,” and, further, she had undergone “plastic surgery.” Long considered one of Hollywood ’s true, natural beauties, having been compared to the likes of Hollywood glamour queen Ava Gardner, Judd swung back with a lethal combination of guts, class and common sense.
In a self-penned essay, published in the Daily Beast, Judd stated: “The conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of all of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. …
“We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. ...
“I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. …
“If this conversation is going to be had, I will do my part to insist that it is a feminist one, because it has been misogynistic from the start. Who makes a fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery?”
Indeed, Ashley Judd attributed her puffy face to “medication,” and, also, having, maybe, picked up a few pounds . . . now reportedly wearing – “God forbid” – a size 6!
My point, however, is this: As Judd wisely pointed out, who makes the “fantastic leap” from gaining a little weight to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Pompously sickening, self-serving, knot head jerks anchoring much of today’s prime time media – that’s who!
Before publicly associating Ashley Judd with plastic surgery, did anyone working for these media outlets, first, attempt to contact Judd or someone close to her, as a humane, preemptive measure geared more toward sound news reporting versus conjectural trash-talking, merely, to boost ratings and sale copies – and to hell with Ashley Judd’s feelings?!
Probably not, and the reason could be this: The basic fact that Ashley Judd’s face could’ve been a bit puffy due, simply, to medication is not as hedonistically entertaining for the collective public as, say, Ashley attempting to hang onto her sexy self by having some covert plastic surgery. Not only is this both wrong and sad, it provides a worrisome take on the American mindset.
Still, there appears to be little-to-no accountability regarding the media running amuck with these damaging, attention-getting rumors. Just how far do we, as a society, allow it to go?
Ashley Judd taking a stance in her own defense is reminiscent of the stand-up-for-yourself grit displayed by the generations of old.
With pun, suffice it to say Ashley Judd is a KNOCKOUT who utilized a lethal combination of – again – guts, class, and common sense to “knock out” a classless, gutless, already weak-kneed, prime time media.
One more thing: Ashley Judd, when you decide to retire from acting, you might want to consider running for U.S. Congress. America certainly could use someone of your stalwart class and candor to help lead us out of these woeful times.
Mike Vinson can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.