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Ashley Judd’s Words Are Too Big for Lainey Gossip

10 Apr

We’re grateful for what readers we have here at The Scrawn. We know gossip blogs like Lainey Gossip have the sort of numbers we could only envy, but we keep on keeping on just the same. So when a reader brought this LG editorial to our attention, we took it as a sign that our work is resonating with the right people.

Posted by Lainey Gossip founder Elaine “Lainey” Lui–who’s first on the scene when Nicole Kidman’s hands don’t match her face, or when Justin Bieber eats Subway–this op-ed attacks Ashley Judd’s piece for the Daily Beast because it’s…too wordy?

Apparently, Lainey had to “endure” the following sentence in Judd’s article:

“Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration.”

Lainey asks:

“When you strip away all the Harvard language, is there a legitimate position here?”

The answer is yes. Here’s Judd’s point, and she doesn’t even use a single word that ends in “tion”, “ism” or “ment”:

“That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate.”

Nevertheless, Lainey thinks it’s a celebrity’s fault for not owning up to any surgical procedures she may have had to perk up her appearance:

“So is it really that they’ve had so many procedures, or is it the comical DENIAL of said procedures that really sets us off?” 

Cleverly skirting the issue of whether or not it’s anyone’s business what procedures a celebrity has done, and altogether avoiding the fact that there’s so much more pressure on female celebrities to keep up a “perfect appearance,” Lainey suggests that Judd is neither confirming nor denying the surgery because that might  prove she “succumbed to…patriarchy.” And in her silence, Judd is playing all womankind. Lainey (sort of) concludes:

“THIS, more than anything else, is what has led to the explosion of snark on Celebrity that has taken place over the last decade.”

So, if we understand Lainey correctly, that female celebrities succumb to the pressure of studios and patriarchy to maintain a youthful appearance, and then deny it to celebrity journalists, is why they deserve the onslaught of snark and judgement.* And should they dare fight back in a thoughtful, if verbose editorial, they will be lynched Lainey-style.

The undercurrent of this editorial is a palpable bitterness at having been called out by the people whose struggles are, essentially, putting food on Lainey’s table. But if this really is about feeling alienated by 10-dollar words, then by all means, Lainey, return to your brass tacks lady-bashing and carry on proving Judd’s point. And The Scrawn‘s.

*So I suppose that means Tanya Kim should have spent a whole etalk segment coming clean about her rhinoplasty, right?

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Why Ashley Judd Should Replace Me as Editor of The Scrawn

9 Apr

In this most eloquent piece, Ashley Judd addresses the media flurry caused by her “puffy” appearance last month.

The gossipers lynched her for being on steroids, having plastic surgery, getting older or gaining weight, sometimes a variation of two or more of these. “We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as ‘fat,'” she says.

She rightfully calls out picking apart women’s bodies for its inherent misogyny. Ironically, she points out, women are largely the ones doing the picking apart. And if you think it’s hogwash, consider that Liz Raftery wrote about it for People, Debbie Emery represented for Radar Online, perennial favourite Ariana Finlayson was on top of it for Us Magazine, and Cara Harrington covered it for Hollywood Dame.

Judd asks, “Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? How, and why, did people participate?” I wonder how the media would respond. I bet they simply won’t. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.

Photo: Wenn, Splash News