We are used to knowing just about everything there is to know about serious political candidates. But will Judd be the first potential senator who has — literally — nothing left to show us? [...] In both 1996′s “Norma Jean and Marilyn” and 1999′s “Eye of the Beholder,” Judd went full frontal and bared her behind. – Taylor Bigler, [so-called] “Entertainment Editor” for Daily Caller
THE WOMAN posing as “entertainment editor” at the Daily Caller is either the dumbest writer in the history of American culture or she’s shooting to re-open the 1938 National League of Decency, now under the jurisdiction of that paragon of moral virtue, the hierarchy of the Catholic church, which covered for pedophile priests. It’s all in an effort to make sure Mitch McConnell can keep his Senate seat, because Republicans are already suffering from such a severe case of flop sweat over Ashley Judd entering the race that it’s all hands on
deck Ashley Judd ‘s boobs.
Welcome to fame’s flip side.
Mr. Skin thanks Tucker Carlson in advance for all those hits he’s sending him. All this before Ms. Judd is even a candidate yet.
Now maybe you know why I wrote what I did about “We Saw Your Boobs” at the Oscars this year, because female nudity and American films go together like the Daily Caller and ignorance. Art and the female nude go back to the dawn of man, with that appetite continuing to expand as time goes by and platforms widen, which says more about humanity and American culture than it does about any female actor’s choices in films. That is, if she wants to make a living and rise to pick her roles.
If all this seems familiar, all you have to do is think back to Rush Limbaugh’s treatment of Sandra Fluke [also see Think Progress]. How he personally attacked her and left no aspect of her as a woman unremarked upon. But it’s okay that Senator Vitters is in the Senate after cheating on his wife in the most embarrassing manner, allegedly wearing diapers during sex. It’s okay Mark Sanford cheated on his wife, but did so by completely disappearing from his day job as governor, because he had to see his mistress. Sanford’s on an apology tour and could end up in Congress. There are far worse crimes than sex, but I don’t have time to list the immorality of Republicans, because if I started with the Bush administration that alone would take all night.
However, a woman doing her job in the film industry is shamed, because the work she’s hired to do in an industry that makes America billions of dollars is all her fault, because she’s being paid to do her job. Ashley Judd played Marilyn Monroe in a biopic, to name just one role, but she’s evidently not supposed to represent the actress who wouldn’t have had much of a career if she’d shunned her sex pot persona, which was part of her very essence. It’s part of the “it” thing that makes women stars. That Monroe was hailed as the epitome of female beauty during a time when she was also the President Kennedy’s mistress was kept secret by the entire Washington press corp.
As for the Daily Caller’s so-called “entertainment editor,” that she’s gone to “Mr. Skin” to get what she thinks are the goods on Ashley Judd proves what an amateur mud-slinger she is. What that woman knows about the American film industry and the work of actors like Ashley Judd do in it could fit in Phyllis Schlafly’s thimble.
This is all being done by a conservative woman acting as a beard for conservative men while giving a bad imitation of an “entertainment editor,” trying to fool people she’s anything but the latest iteration of a wing-nut decency league.
It’s also an example of just how dumb Republicans think voters are, but also that they don’t think Ms. Judd expected this from the start. But do they actually think this will faze her?
Ashley Judd in 2012 wrote a piece for the Daily Beast and it says it much better than anyone else on this subject. It also sends a message to Republicans that they need to hear. Ashley Judd, if she declares for Senate, is going to make Mitch McConnell work harder than he ever has in his life to keep his seat.
As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor 18 years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.