Yesterday, Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd delivered the horribly surprising news that their mother, Naomi Judd of The Judds, had died. The tragic news was sudden to many since The Judds were scheduled to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame today, and a few weeks ago, they announced that they were going to tour for the first time in 10 years and it would be their final tour. Wynonna and Ashley said in their statement that they lost their mother to mental illness, which Naomi Judd struggled with through most of her life and has been very open about it. Naomi Judd was 76.
Ashley Judd lives in Africa most of the year, working on activism and research projects, and she was recently making her way through the Congo rainforest as part of a research project on bonobos. If you’ve always got chocolate on the brains like me, you may have read that as “bonbons,” and thought, “There’s a damn research project on bonbons? Sign me up!” But bonobos are a species of endangered primates. And while walking through the rainforest, Ashley fell and totally jacked-up her leg. It took over two days, but Ashley eventually got onto an operating table in South Africa to fix her leg, and she knows that’s because she’s a person of privilege.
Harvey Weinstein may be the reason Ashley Judd’s currently starring in A Dog’s Way Home instead of wearing a catsuit and fucking shit up as Thor’s mom or something, but a judge just told her Harvey doesn’t have to pay her to make up for it. Back in May, Ashley filed a sexual harassment suit against Harvey claiming he shut her out from being cast in Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy and initiated a smear campaign against her after she declined one of his trademark massage requests back in 1997. Peter even confirmed that Harvey steered him away from casting her in LOTR. However, a judge just declared that the producer/actress relationship was not covered under sexual harassment protections at the time of the initial filing.
Ashley Judd was one of the first actresses to speak out and name Harvey Weinstein as an alleged creep when The New York Times and The New Yorker blew the lid off his reputation as a handsy horror. Ashley wasn’t content with just telling her story; she also sued him a few months ago. But because Harvey thinks he’s done nothing wrong, he’s trying his damndest to have Ashley’s lawsuit thrown out.
Ashley Judd isn’t done with Harvey Weinstein. She’s approaching this with a real “FINISH HIM” attitude, and I think as fans of watching Harvey Weinstein burn, that’s something we can all get behind. Ashley helped expose him, dragged him on TV, and now she’s getting legal revenge.
While the Golden Globes was all about #MeToo, BuzzFeed points out that the Oscars were a bit more relaxed with it. Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Salma Hayek did talk about Time’s Up a bit during the ceremony, in Jimmy Kimmel’s opening monologue, he tore into Harvey Weinstein and how tone deaf Hollywood had been by joking, “Here’s how clueless Hollywood is about women. They made a movie called What Women Want and it literally starred Mel Gibson.” I’m sure that pissed off Mel’s BFF4L Jodie Foster, and I’m sure she wanted to hit Jimmy with her crutch over.
There seemed to be fewer Time’s Up pins on dresses and jackets. But Emma Watson tried to represent the movement with a most likely temporary tattoo, but she got dragged for not running her tattoo idea through Microsoft Word spellcheck because it lacked an apostrophe.
Her “Time’s Up” was a sad “Times Up,” which everyone knows is how you lose a fight in the family text thread. No matter if you made the most logical argument as to why you should get to skip Christmas at home this year, the first sign of lackluster punctuation shows you’re an ignoramus and everyone’s punching bag for the next seven years. Great work, Emma! Time’s Up is ruined because you missed apostrophe class at Brown!
Here’s more of Emma and her “Times Up” tattoo and baby bangs last night.