Hypocrite or Heroine? Ashley Judd Complains About Being Judged on Her Looks

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Hypocrite or Heroine? Ashley Judd Complains About Being Judged on Her Looks

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When Ashley Judd landed movie roles in "Double Jeopardy," "Heat" and "High Crimes," she didn't pretend her pretty face had nothing to do with her good fortune. Yet recently the 44-year-old actress was ribbed for her puffy face and she insisted her looks should be off limits.

In both NBC TV appearances this week and an essay on the Daily Beast website, the daughter of Naomi Judd complained that the media unfairly focused on her appearance. After the actress's face swelled from steroids she took for a sinus infection, some reporters speculated she had plastic surgery.

"I think it's hatred of women that invites the criticism," whined Judd on TV, blaming "the objectification of girls and women" and the "hypersexualization of our society."

In her Daily Beast essay, the new star of "Missing" wrote, "When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed Double Jeopardy in 1998, I am accused of having 'messed up' my face (polite language here, the F word is being used more often), with a passionate lament that 'Ashley has lost her familiar beauty audiences loved her for.'"

The only problem is, Judd never complained about comments on her looks when they were favorable. The high-cheekboned beauty has enjoyed a successful career playing sexy and romantic roles for which a plain-Jane or slightly pudgy actress would have never even been considered.

With plastic surgery such a fascinating topic for fans, it is not odd for a reporter to wonder if an actress has had work done, yet Judd made it sound as if the question were tantamount to being verbally assaulted. She recounted on NBC's "Rock Center" that a reporter "absolutely shocked me by saying, 'What do you have to say about the plastic surgery rumors?'" dramatically claiming, "I have never been so genuinely surprised in all my born days."

What's really surprising is a woman who has spent years witnessing horrific scenes of abuse and the ravages of HIV / AIDS as a humanitarian volunteer around the globe would be that surprised by a reporter asking an actress if she had plastic surgery.

Though she received many supportive posts on Twitter, not everyone joined Judd's pity party.

* "Note to #ashleyjudd: if you don't want people commenting on your face, maybe you shouldn't have become an actress! #absurd," posted one cynical observer.

* #AshleyJudd gimme a break!wait till career is over 2 make issue superficial world.Why b actor?marry fat truck driver,not Dario! #hypocrites," wrote another, alluding to Judd's marriage to handsome race car driver Dario Franchitti.

Perhaps Judd is deluded that her enviable career as an actress was based on having the acting chops of a Meryl Streep instead of mainly being lucky in the looks department. Had she complained that actresses like Kathy Bates and Melissa McCarthy could have never landed the hot girl roles she played in her salad days, her lament might have more credibility.

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