When I saw that Ahley Judd was trending on Twitter, I felt fairly sure it was over her political statements. Her political activism has outshined her work on film and TV over the past few years.
Naomi Judd's daughter was one of the first women to come forward and publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual harrassment. She became a powerful ally in the #MeToo movement.
During the Women's March on Washing, January of this year, Ashley Judd made some bold statements including: “I am not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheetos dust,” before reciting a poem entitled #NastyWoman in front of hundreds of thousands of men and women assembled at the National Mall.
However, the reason Ashley is being shamed today, causing her name to trend on Twitter was over her appearance.
Yesterday, Elizabeth Warren shared a video of Ashley endorsing her for President.
People, or trolls as they say, were quick to mock her looks. In my opinion statements like this are cruel, uncalled for, and frankly unrelated to political preference.
Actor Dean Cain, famous for being Superman on TV has been credited for starting the trend with this Tweet:
Dean later Tweeted that he didn't attack her looks. It was rather her candidate and her support for said candidate's policies that he dislike.
It was too late though. The seed had been planted.
"Looks like she got stung by bees"
"I love how much better @RealDeanCain is aging than Ashley Judd. She looks like one of The Whisperers from The Walking Dead"
"That doesn’t even LOOK like her. #nastywoman"
"Did she age 40 years overnight? Jesus she used to be sexy"
"She’s unrecognizable.. such a sin she went too far with injectibles.. she didn’t need it."
It goes on and on. Sadly, the truth is that Ashley Judd has a medical problem and the change in appearance is not due to cosmetic surgery. Even if it was - would we really need to resort to name calling her over it?
Judd has a history of various chronic illnesses that have her taking prednisone, a steroid that can cause weight gain and a puffy face with longterm use. She has made several statements as far back as 2012 discussing the matter.
#Prednisone is also trending on Twitter as people share about their experience with the drug and how it can often cause what they call "moon face".