Outspoken feminist and actress Ashley Judd — who's made her share of headlines recently through odd public statements — hopped on Facebook Live at an airport over the weekend to complain about the "everyday sexism" she said was dealt to her.
It began with a greeting courtesy of an airport security worker.
“I was coming through security and a guy said ‘Hey sweetheart,” Judd told her viewers. “And I said, ‘I’m not your sweetheart. I am your client.’”
Judd said she simply was "setting a boundary" by pushing back. But it got worse.
“Then when I was setting my things out," she continued, "he said, ‘Hey, nice dress.’”
Judd — clearly put off as she recounted the worker's compliment — noted that there were no other attire compliments for any other passengers in security.
Then she said that while she was conversing with a female security worker, the man who'd been annoying her crossed the biggest line yet: He touched the actress.
Judd, 49, didn't elaborate on how, where or for what reason the male worker touched her, but she told Facebook Live viewers it angered her.
“I didn’t see him touch anybody else. And I turned around, and I said ‘that was unnecessary.' By that time, you know, my skin was burning, my feet are burning," she recalled. "It’s so hard to continue to set these boundaries when someone continues to push."
But the guy apparently wasn't done.
"And then for good measure, he just said one more time, 'Have a good day sweetheart,'" Judd recounted, smiling as if in disbelief.
She said her reaction was an effort to "put principles above personalities" and not meant to be "controversial" or "combative." Judd then noted that she spoke to a manager.
Her video has been viewed nearly 2 million times since Judd posted it Saturday:
Then she posted a second Facebook Live video to update her viewers on how the chat with the manager went.
"I'm happy to report that the manager with whom I spoke immediately apologized because I had a list of items to review with him, including being called 'sweetheart' ..." Judd said, adding that the manager apologized and said "touching someone is totally inappropriate" and that he'd have a conversation with the worker.
She said that the manager told Judd something along the lines of, "Just because 99 people don't speak up doesn't mean it's OK."
Judd's follow-up Facebook Live video — which has been viewed 444,000 times since she posted it Saturday — got its share of positive comments among the 11,000 posted. But the following women didn't agree with Judd's stance.
"I'm a 54 year old married woman from Texas. And I would be flattered if I was called sweetheart. I was raised to see that as a form of respect. Proud to be a Texan!" Shanna Horton McGee wrote.
"'Sweetheart' is a kind and endearing word," Allison Simmons added. "Funny how being kind is now politically incorrect! Do liberals just sit around all day and think up reasons to be offended? There are much bigger problems in the world Ashley."
"What a horrendous attempt to stay relevant, threatening someone's livelihood," Ashley Marie MacGeogheagan noted. "Do you know what women are being beaten to death and having acid thrown on them? Get over yourself, SWEETHEART."
"You tried to get a working man fired for calling you sweetheart," Charlene Sloan Colgan said. "He probably makes $12 an hour and has to support his family. You are the epitome of an entitled elitist and you are not doing women any favors."
Judd seems to have been drawing more ire than admiration of late.
A week before the inauguration of Republican President Donald Trump, Judd made headlines for her declaration that she was “fighting white privilege” by targeting emjois on social media.
The day after Trump took office, Judd delivered her widely lampooned “I am a nasty woman” speech at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C., declaring “I didn’t know devils could be resurrected, but I feel Hitler in these streets!"
In March, she said a man who indicated his support for Trump took a photo of her at a basketball game, which Judd said left her “very sad” and “scared." And later that month, Judd hopped on Twitter and asked, “Are equal rights in the Constitution?”
(H/T: BizPac Review)