“I think it’s hatred of women that invites the criticism. I think it’s the objectification of girls and women and this hypersexualization of our society that invites the criticism. It doesn’t have anything to do with me, really, and how I look. … There was no presumption of goodwill. The conversation went straight to, ‘Oh my gosh’.”
This is Ashley Judd, still talking about people talking about her face. And while I totally loved her essay – totally loved it to the nth degree, actually – I think that maybe she just needs to back up a little bit off it now and let it settle, set, and resonate for a spell. Let it do its own talking, you know? Because to go as far as saying, “I think it’s hatred of women that invites … criticism,” I think, might be a little off-base, and while yes, some vitriolic comments made about the appearance of women are because the person or persons making the comments might very well “hate” women, I don’t think that all comments made about womens’ appearances when it comes to plastic surgery versus none are made because everyone who makes them hate women.
While Ashley definitely covered some serious ground with her bomb-ass and spot-on essay, I can tell you one thing: anyone who assumes plastic surgery on a celebrity who has easy and varied access to plastic surgery – does not necessarily assume so because they “hate women.” I don’t hate Ashley Judd. I don’t even know Ashley Judd. But when I first saw her recent photos, my first thought was, “Yup, cosmetic fillers.” And when I saw Heidi Montag’s first new face back in the day, even though she denied, denied, denied, I also assumed “plastic surgery,” but it wasn’t because I hated the girl. It was because it was commonplace at the time, it still is, and people are going to be desensitized to something that they see every f-cking day, on every f-cking magazine cover that uses Photoshop and airbrushing and features worked-over celebrities who’ve had tweaked noses, eyebrows, cheeks, and lips.
I guess I think Ashley might be a bit off-topic in saying that anyone who automatically thinks “plastic surgery” hates women, and I also think it kind of detracts from her original, positive message. It’s really ironic sometimes how people can protest so vehemently against sweeping generalizations and then in the very next breath, kind of go ahead and make them themselves.
April 12, 2012 at 11:30 am by Sarah
Remember how we talked about Ashley Judd‘s most recent facial transplant? Well, she’s talking about it now in a long-form letter, where she discusses the patriarchy and I think maybe there’s some definite feminism thrown in there, and she doesn’t exactly deny that she got her face injected with liquid helium, but she doesn’t go ahead and confirm it outright either. Really, though, she doesn’t have to worry all that much about it – the letter confirmed that she’s pretty intelligent, and even if you don’t believe her for a second that she didn’t choose to have something done to her face, you have to give her credit for sitting down and writing this whole damn thing, you know? IT’S LONG. Here’s the letter, which is actually more of an essay, and please, let me know if you were able to get through the first six sentences or so without backing up and saying, “Wait a second, now, let me reread that” at least three times. I’m warning you: this thing is really, really long, and it’s honestly more of an essay than anything else. Go ahead. Have at it. Let me know if you finish it.
The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. 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. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.
As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of …
April 10, 2012 at 9:30 am by Sarah
If you’ll recall, a few days ago Ashley Judd made an appearance on a show in Canada. Normally, it wouldn’t have been a terribly big deal, since she’s Ashley Judd and not someone with that terribly handy talent of being stupid for a living, but it was a big deal. It was a big deal because Ashley Judd looked pretty much nothing like Ashley Judd.
Some people thought that Ashley’s puffy face was due to weight gain, some people thought it was a puffiness due to alcohol abuse. The big guess, however, was that the lady had had some work done on her face, and that work didn’t turn out too hot. Luckily, Ashley’s rep, as well as Ashley herself, has come forward to explain what actually happened. Hint: it definitely wasn’t any sort of plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure, how dare you.
“For the record, this is unequivocally not true,” Judd’s rep, Cara Tripicchio, told E! News. “Ashley has been battling an ongoing, serious sinus infection and flu. Therefore, Ashley has been on a heavy dose of medication to overcome it so she could get on a plane and travel to Toronto and New York to fulfill her commitment of completing four consecutive days of press to promote her new show Missing.”
Judd herself tweeted as much this morning, writing, “Thanks to all asking how I’ve been feeling. still very sick (flu + viral infection in sinuses = wicked) but staying positive & having fun.”
Hard as it may be in the wake of the speculation.
“This may have contributed to her face appearing ‘puffy’ on the talk show in Toronto, however anyone who is truly paying attention and not looking to perpetuate a ridiculous story can look online further at photos of her last night during an Apple Store event in NYC and see for themselves that there is zero sign of plastic surgery, puffiness, fillers, etc., that has become a silly and erroneous topic of conversation. Ashley is a natural beauty enjoying her 40′s gracefully.”
And just for the sake of conversation, we have a photo of Ashley Judd from last night, the photos where we can clearly see that there are “zero sign of plastic surgery, puffiness, fillers, etc.” Here it is:
I don’t know, it still looks a little puffy to me. What do you guys think?
March 16, 2012 at 5:30 am by Emily
See this face? This is Ashley Judd‘s face, most recently taped on the Marilyn Denis show out of Toronto, Canada. And I’m confused, because one of the the last times we talked about Ashley Judd here on the site, this is pretty much what she looked like:
And now? Well. Not so much, eh? And naturally, my inquisitive side comes out and I have to ask – is it age? I mean, girlfriend’s not exactly a spring chicken anymore – she’ll turn 44 next month – and while that’s not precisely a reason to look so … full-faced, the possibility of plastic surgery or other facial enhancements would kind of make sense, now, wouldn’t it? Experts are saying that Ashley may have been hitting the facial fillers hard, and the end result seems to be that she pulled a Beyonce and tried for that Prednisone-swell that automatically makes people think “Pregnant!” But she’s not. At least not that we’re aware of.
But anyway, we shouldn’t be considering girlfriend’s face for too much here. She’s got big things going on! You know, like her new show, Missing, which is about a CIA operative’s wife whose son disappears after embarking on a study abroad program.
From the Huffington Post:
Ashley Judd stars as Becca Winstone, a single mother left widowed after her husband CIA agent Paul Winstone (Sean Bean) is murdered right in front of their eight-year-old son, Michael (Nick Eversman). Now, her son is all grown up and, at 18, wants to travel the world and study abroad. When he disappears, Becca heads to Rome to investigate things herself, and that’s where the adventure begins. Paul wasn’t the only CIA agent in the family — Becca is soon calling on old agency friends and hitting roadblocks along the way (like Dax Miller, played by Cliff Curtis) as she travels across Europe to get her son back.
Sounds, um, good. And Sean Bean‘s in it, so how could it not be OK?
March 13, 2012 at 11:30 am by Sarah
Congrats to Ashley Judd, who somehow manages to be an Angelina Jolie-style without making a scene of it, Angelina Jolie-style. The actress has enrolled in the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mid-Career Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) program. The MC/MPA is designed to “increase the knowledge and skills of well established, high-performing professionals, who seek to enhance their public service careers or to move from the private sector to a leadership position in either the public or non-profit sectors.”
Former program graduates include Mexican President Felipe Calderon, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ashley Judd may not be elected valedictorian, but her classmates will definitely vote her “Easiest Name to Pronounce.”
August 5, 2009 at 9:49 pm by Evil Beet
These are seriously some of the cutest pictures I’ve seen come across the wire in a long time. Ashley Judd’s husband, Dario Franchitti, won a rain-soaked Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, and she was there to celebrate with him. She just looks so genuinely ecstatic in every single one of these pictures. I don’t know the first thing about racecars or NASCARs (I assume this is NASCAR, because it’s definitely not horse-racing, right?) and I still don’t know how to drive a stick shift, but HOORAY DARIO FRANCHITTI!!!