Ashley Judd, actress, activist, and darling of the Democratic Party may be handing you a huge commission check for finding just the right home for her campaign against Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in 2014. But, doesn’t she claim residency in Tennessee? No problem. With a net worth of 22 million dollars, she can certainly afford another residence.
Judd, an ardent supporter of President Obama, was an at-large delegate at the National Democratic Convention for the state of Tennessee. According to Judd, her familial roots in the Democratic Party run deep. She explained her deep loyalty by stating:
“The party platform is one of a social justice, gospel and faith. It became my party based on a sense of equality and fairness, hard work and advocating for people living at and below the poverty line and helping them strive toward our fabled middle class.”
BAHAHAHAHA (Oops, couldn’t help it…but isn’t this the same party that denied any mention of God in the party platform three times? Or, are we talking about another gospel?)
When asked during the DNC about a run for Congress, Judd said the following:
“…And my deepest desire is to be useful. I want to help serve my fellows. And I may be doing that to the best of my capacity, my God given gifts in the sort of career I’ve had within the space I’m already operating in,” she said.
“Or it may be time to look at possibly running for office, and so what I do is I reach out – I have strong female to female alliances, and I listen to you and you make it normal.”
BAHAHAHAHA! (I can’t help it, she is a SAINT!)
Of course, those in attendance at that time assumed she would be running as a Tennessee resident. Nope.
As recently as November 12, Judd sidestepped a question (imagine that) when asked if she would consider running against McConnell by answering:
“I cherish Kentucky, heart and soul, and while I’m very honored by the consideration, we have just finished an election, so let’s focus on coming together to keep moving America’s families, and especially our kids, forward.”
No one is disputing the light she has shone on women’s rights and health issues, but really? This, from a woman who displayed an obscene gesture at the DNC as she discussed Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” statement? A woman who made a disgusting video mocking Rick Santorum’s abortion stance? A woman who became so angry over comments concerning her appearance that she lashed out against her critics with a tirade about… patriarchy?
“I choose to address [this now] because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about. …
That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.
A case in point is that this conversation was initially promulgated largely by women; a sad and disturbing fact. That they are professional friends of mine, and know my character and values, is an additional betrayal.”
BAHAHAHAHA! (Did I mention she has a master’s degree from Harvard so she likes to throw around big words?)
Her feelings on “hypersexualization” and “internalized patriarchy” would be understandable if she had not made her millions in movies and displaying her face and body on countless photo-shopped magazine covers. At least she included a caveat that she “still falls for it”. As Douglas Ernst points out in his hilarious blog on Ms Judd’s hypocrisy, “If you make a deal with the Devil, you’re going to get burned.”
So, break out the welcome wagon, Senator McConnell. Ashley Judd may be your new next-door neighbor. Not that you’re worried.