Calling recent rashes of bullying on social media "gender violence," actress Ashley Judd is pressing charges against multiple Twitter users who came after her in the wake of some comments she made about a basketball team. As US Weekly reports, Judd came under fire from fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks who were mad that Judd, a big basketball and University of Kentucky fan, tweeted something about the Razorbacks "playing dirty." Several Twitterers responded by calling her a "c**t" and a "bitch whore."
Talking to NBC News today, Judd says, "The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary. And a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence directed at me on social media." She said she decided to press charges because the tweets were "that explicit, that overt" and came from "that many people."
Isn't some level of crass, rude, sometimes aggressive crap just part and parcel of being a Twitter user? Certainly threats shouldn't be tolerated, but is Judd right to think she can press charges just because some ugly words were exchanged on Twitter?
On Monday she said on MSNBC, "Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture to persist."
OK, but isn't it just Twitter's first responsibility to police this type of behavior? Well, just last August The Atlantic penned a whole piece about how bad the company has been at dealing with abuse claims, so maybe that's where Judd should start.
It's unclear how many people Judd is pressing charges against, or what the charges will be. Some of her Twitter statements are below.
When when I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c---, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015
I am sorry to retweet but this is a typical example. “@Leeroy_MAX: .@AshleyJudd Go suck on Cal's two inch dick ye Bitch whore.”— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 15, 2015
AGREE. “@michellewitte: It's kind of pathetic sexist trolling on social media only gets attention & validity after an actor is involved.— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) March 17, 2015