Channeling Nina Donovan, a 19-year old woman from Tennessee who penned a poem called “Nasty Woman” in response to Donald Trump’s calling Mrs. Clinton a “nasty woman” at the final debate, Ms. Judd all but stole the spotlight at the Women’s March on Washington. Supposedly the purpose of the march was to call attention to women’s issues and inequality in this country, but I for one, would suggest that they pass the hat a couple more times next year and get themselves a speaker who is more authentic than the privileged Ms. Judd, who, for some reason, sounded like a black woman in need of throat lozenges (Ms. Donovan is white).
Of course, not all women were chomping at the bit to join the march or watch it on TV. No, I would venture to say there were far more women at home focused on their families, going about their daily lives and not giving a tinker’s damn about what Ashley Judd had to say about anything. Most of them probably feel that Ms. Judd is better suited to an acting role as a fat-cheeked mother-in-law in some Life-Time movie about a floosy dating a good-for-nothing and ending up happily ever after. The point is, most women didn’t really care or even pretend to care.
The truth of the matter is that, at 48, Ashley Judd is pretty much a has-been on the Hollywood scene, her glory days of leading roles and enormous paychecks having given way to made-for-television movies and maybe a product endorsement or two. The cute, pixie-like, girl-next- door of her early movie days has transitioned to a bloated image that the camera no longer loves. When such events take place in Hollywood, then you can bet that any publicity is good publicity and that is where we find Ashley Judd today—along with some other washed-up singers and actresses like Barbra Streisand and Cher. Madonna—another has-been who is a sad parody of her former self—also received quite a bit of attention that day by issuing a potty-mouthed harangue.
To be fair, Ms. Judd turned to political activism and humanitarian efforts early in 2000 and even considered a run against Mitch McConnell for his Kentucky Senate seat in 2014. Among the causes she champions are AIDS, peace, disaster relief, the environment, and women’s issues. However, a career in politics may not be viable since she has been forthcoming about suffering from depression and bipolar disorder. In fact, she is often accompanied by a psychological support dog (or dogs) and several cats on film sets. Whether her latest activist role as the “Nasty Woman” will garner her serious enough accolades on which to base a political career remains to be seen. And although there is nothing wrong with Ms. Judd pursuing political activism, one seriously must question her approach. In my opinion, such over-the-top histrionics might appeal to young, naïve girls and old, angry women, but as a national platform for women’s solidarity? I don’t see it.
Nevertheless, I think we will see a great deal more of Ms. Judd in this shrieking harridan role. My guess is that she will embark on the Angry Nasty Woman Tour while the paint is still fresh and the liberal media breathlessly reports on her powerful performance. She, much like Gloria Steinem of fifty years ago, will become the face of the women’s movement, a movement that—if the Nasty Woman poem is any indication—will address every social ill known to man from gay rights to equal pay to abortion to free feminine hygiene products. This might keep Ms. Judd’s face from fading into obscurity and create some cash flow for awhile, but I doubt that her efforts will have any serious impact on American women and their welfare.
I watched Ashley Judd’s speech in its entirety. You know, if you closed your eyes and simply listened to the words, you could easily believe that it was written by Hillary Clinton’s sycophants and delivered by Ms. Clinton. The classic Hillary screech was ever-present and for that reason (among more important ones) I was sincerely glad she lost the election. Can you imagine listening to that for four years? Instead, we may well have to listen to Ashley Judd wailing on about women’s rights. Only time will tell if this Nasty Woman moment has “legs,” or if Ms. Judd is simply seeking publicity: good or bad.
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