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VINSON: Prime time knockout! Judd - guts, class, common sense

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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 mike_vinson56@yahoo.com.
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April 22, 2012 at 2:04pm
Well-written, thoughtful article Mike. "Bravo" to Ashley Judd for indeed having the cool gumption to defend her character.
April 23, 2012 at 9:10am
I'm glad the writer had the "guts" to put the news and media in its place! As he says there is no accountability and they have gone wild, saying anything they want and people are sick and tired of it. I would think that even somebody of Ashly Judd's fame would be flattered to have a article like this written about her.
April 25, 2012 at 11:12am
I don't which one is the biggest threat, a terrorist attack or the media going on and on about anything bad. Like the article said, if it's bad and embarrassing to somebody, a movie star like AshleyJudd, their on it like bees on honey!
April 26, 2012 at 5:34pm
The media. Look at the Martin/Zimmerman fiasco and how the media treated the situation for the first week. Without controversy and "news" they can't make money.
April 27, 2012 at 11:33am
It is sad to me that the media has resorted to libel and defamation to make a profit these days. Perhaps, in part, the consumers are to blame for accepting or buying in-to these bogus news stories instead of demanding real journalism. The fact is, most news organizations try to give the people what they want instead of giving them what they need. Over the years, traditional and responsible journalism has decayed into stories of accusations and rumors which are unfortunately being gobbled up by today’s “hip” readers. Especially since the rise of the internet and internet based magazines and newspapers, readers care less about credited sources and more about rumors and the harm that they spread. I really don’t understand the need for journalists to exploit such small rumors and lies when there are clearly enough legitimate subjects to write and report about. But perhaps what disgusts me the most is that these articles are being read and believed by the public. At some point I believe we as a people need to stand up for ourselves and not let the media’s garbage reporting impact or influence us. After all, the only reason such reporting is being published is because they have an engaged audience. Whether these readers actually believe the story or not, they still seem to be more interested in gossip than actual news these days. I am very weary of the future of journalism. Of course there will always be legitimate news stories out there, but at what point will media garbage clout the public’s ideas of what’s really important in the world?
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