Nightly News | April 11, 2012
>>> been in the news of late, and not for the right reasons. she's a tv and film veteran, part of the musical judd family. she's married to indy 500 winner dario franchitti . she has a masters from harvard, has done years of humanitarian work overseas, but it was how she looked in a recent round of interviews for her new tv series that put her in the news. specifically, rumors she had work done when what she had was a round of steroids for a sinus infection that wouldn't go away after the flu. attacked on the web for having a puffy face, she took to the web in an essay in the " daily beast " and fought back. tonight in her first television interview since it beganl, she talked about what motivated her.
>> i don't think that being a public figure makes it legitimate to criticize people the way they are currently criticized in this cultural climate. i got sick in february. i just did everything i could, including steroids, because we just could not get ahead of this infection. and i had a very early appearance on a monday morning and got up and went about my business, and the next think i knew, i was being slammed by these extraordinary rumors. i started to catch the double bind where you know, my face looked puffy. she's had work. you know, 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. i look bad, i had work. i look too good, i had work. there was an incredibly nasty vitriolic and gloating tone about it. i think it's the objectification of girls and women and this hypersexualization of the society that creates the criticism. we're anesthetized by it, we're taught not to feel how badly it hurts. get back to the gimm, by another butt clenching dvd, when it's contributing to the pain. i want people to share their puffy face moment and talk about being excoriated, being humiliated, being objectified, and ridiculed, and men as well. my husband and i wamp a lot of motor sport in our house, and the products that are marketed to men and the products boys are given to be masculine and sexy are so ridiculous. equally so. i think what happened to me is very common. it might look a little different in other people's lives because they may not be public figures, but we all go through it.
>> and ashley judd will say even more on this topic. we will air that tonight on "rock center" at 9:00 p.m ., 8:00 central. we hope you can join us for that later this evening. for