Ashley Judd blames criticism on “hypersexualization”

She’s only just begun. The actress is speaking out about the criticism and backlash she received about her appearance and is doing everything to make sure her message is heard loud and clear.

ashley judd puffy face criticismAshley Judd has a message for society: Stop obsessing over appearance.

The Missing star is speaking out once again about her puffy face situation and is suggesting that the criticism she received is a result of gender inequality.

“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,” says Ashley on NBC Nightly News. “It doesn’t have anything to do with me, really, and how I look.”

Ashley was accused last month of having had cosmetic surgery after appearing on The Marilyn Denis Show with a puffy face, when it was actually a side affect of her sinus and flu steroid medication.

But before the beautiful brunette could say anything, she was barraged with criticism from people saying that she had work done, which didn’t sit too well with her, and she told NBC that the criticism was a sign that “there was no presumption of goodwill” from the public.

“The conversation went straight to ‘oh my gosh.’ And then I started to catch the double bind where, you know, my face looks puffy, ‘she’s had work,’ you know?” says Ashley. “And then, look at the same image in a different interpretation by a separate set of people is ‘oh, come on, she doesn’t even have any wrinkles at all, she’s clearly had work,’” Judd says. “So I look bad, I’ve had work. I look too good, I’ve had work.”

But much like her strong, powerful and maternal character on her new hit drama, Ashley is fighting back the misinterpretations every way she can, including by writing an opinion editorial in The Daily Beast to address the issue, saying that the public can be “dangerous” and “self-destructive” and that she does not pay attention to the media.

“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.”

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