- The Washington Times - Monday, March 13, 2017

Ashley Judd says she’s “very sad” and “scared” after a man who took her picture at a Kentucky basketball game Saturday dared to mention that he likes President Trump.

Ms. Judd, who famously spoke out against the president during the post-inauguration Women’s March on Washington, wrote a Facebook post about the “uncomfortable and scary” situation Saturday during the semifinal between the Kentucky Wildcats and Alabama Crimson Tide at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.

The actress described “an older man with white hair” who approached her at her seat and asked to take a picture.

“I said ‘Yes.’ And before I could offer for him to be in the picture with me, 6 inches from my face, he took my picture with his phone,” she wrote. “He said ‘I’m from Big Stone gap.’ I said, ‘I love Big Stone Gap! What a beautiful town, I loved making the movie there.’ I went on to say how good the cooking is, mentioning, of course, the pineapple upside down cake and pumpkin pie!”

Ms. Judd wrote that she went on to say she “likes” Big Stone Gap, to which the man responded “with open hostility as he was backing away, ‘We like Trump.’”

She called the man’s behavior a “hostile act” that sought to intimidate her.

“I feel very sad that this happened, and frankly scared,” the actress lamented. “We absolutely need apolitical spaces in this country where we come together for something that is beyond who voted for whom and the platforms, beliefs, and agendas of respective candidates.

“I could’ve easily retorted to this man, for example, with ‘Well, I know everything I need to know about you now, Sir, you voted with the KKK,’” she said.

Ms. Judd said that instead of engaging the man in further discussion, she turned to her uncle and asked for a hug. 

“Y’all know who I am, what I believe, and what I fight and risk for,” she wrote. “You also know I like college basketball. And in college basketball that’s all you’ll ever hear me talk about. College basketball. Period.”

Using the #NoPoliticsHere hashtag, the actress called for basketball games to be a politics-free zone.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.


Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide