Recently, Ashley Judd was criticized and made fun of for her “puffy face.” Did you hear about this?
The media concluded she must have had work done that went wrong. Judd later explained that it was actually a side effect from some medication she was taking. She went on to call out the media and serve up a few lashings of her own! In a recent essay in the Daily Beast, Judd questions the media’s coverage of her “puffy face,” asking why it was such a big deal. “What is the condemnation about?” she asks. “What is the self-righteous alleged ‘all knowing’ stance of the media about?”
This intelligent, powerful essay couldn’t have arrived a minute sooner.
The unfair media coverage of Judd’s appearance reflects the typical workings of the Devil’s Playground. Someone doesn’t meet a certain criteria as determined by Hollywood and she is subsequently ridiculed and bullied until the celebrity submits to the standards.
This happened with Miley Cyrus when she put on weight–Hollywood was so critical and rude. Cyrus fought back, but within the same year, she’s lost all the weight she’d defended and is working out. Did she feel bullied into losing weight? Was she humiliated by the headlines? Of course, now she’s been criticized for looking “anorexic”!! How can she win??
Whether it’s being “too fat” or “too old,” female celebrities are never perfect and natural beauty just doesn’t seem to cut it. A while ago, I wrote a post titled It’s a Sad Day When Even Julia Roberts is Not Beautiful Enough. In this post, I discussed how even the most beautiful celebrity women are Photoshopped to unrealistic perfection.
When will these celebrity women stand up and say, “Enough!”? When will they establish their own rules that allow women to be themselves and make Hollywood follow them?
Well, Ashley Judd has taken a huge step for all women by writing this article that women all over the country are saluting her for.
Hollywood women of all ages, including Miley Cyrus, are stepping out to thank Judd for publicly criticizing Hollywood’s objectification of women.
“thank you @AshleyJudd This article was music to my ears. Beautifully said and beyond inspiring. I hope everyone woman reads this” (Miley Cyrus, Twitter).
“@ashleyjudd I felt you directly protecting women in a far more expanded way than just answering back to hateful commentary #newconversation” (Minnie Driver, Twitter).
Here is a powerful snippet from Judd’s essay:
I hope the sharing of my thoughts can generate a new conversation: Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? How, and why, did people participate? If not in the conversation about me, in parallel ones about women in your sphere? What is the gloating about? What is the condemnation about? What is the self-righteous alleged “all knowing” stance of the media about? How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment? How can we as individuals in our private lives make adjustments that support us in shedding unconscious actions, internalized beliefs, and fears about our worthiness, that perpetuate such meanness? What can we do as families, as groups of friends? Is what girls and women can do different from what boys and men can do? What does this have to do with how women are treated in the workplace? (dailybeast.com)
Ladies, do you have some answers for Judd?