Outspoken actress Ashley Judd’s left-wing politics are no secret.
She has staunchly supported Planned Parenthood as well as President Barack Obama. It was even reported in 2013 that Judd planned to run against Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell in Kentucky. While President-elect Donald Trump at the time called her a “great candidate,” Judd didn’t go through with it.
These days, however, Judd is focusing on “white privilege” — and in a way some might find rather curious.
She’s targeting emojis.
Specifically, Judd is wondering why emojis don’t start off as black so she, as a white woman, is forced to change the color. Besides, she wrote, the standard color yellow “is just code for white.”
@AshleyJudd Because race indicating emoticons are clearly not a thing.♀️ lol
— Glen Bradley (@GlenBradley) January 11, 2017
I'd like mine to start black so am the one who has to adjust. https://t.co/Okg4YDV7Ci
— ashley judd (@AshleyJudd) January 11, 2017
Judd also addressed the matter on her Facebook page, asking, “What if emojis came, standard issue, in black? So WE whites had to scroll to find a color that more accurately resembled US?”
She wrote that such a question “gives me a glimpse of what it may be like to be a person of [color] in a white-centric world. Everything set to the standard of whiteness, everything else a variation thereof.”
More from Judd’s post:
I still want to be called a “non person of color,” to designate my whiteness in contrast with “person of color.” It could help address the inherent flaw in whiteness as the default standard, the term PoC being obviously a contrast to white. And “non person of color” has the added benefit of….”non.” A negating word preceding talking about me and my race/ethnicity. Now, wouldn’t that be helpful and good for a while? For me to experience what it may be like to have my personhood negated before a conversation even gets started? Because isn’t that what has happened with and to people of color for so long? Personhood negated through language, and a prism of other ways….
Some commenters supported Judd’s observation. One replied, “Thank you, Ashley, you make me proud to be a Kentuckian. You prove it is not the backward state that everyone wants to think it is!”
But many blasted her for the post.
“Really??” one commenter replied. “They are yellow because smiley faces have always been yellow. Please get over yourself. You’re making up problems that don’t exist when we already have plenty that are REAL.”
Another noted: “People like you (and our soon to be former president) are the reason there is so much divisiveness in our country right now. You create problems. You sit around and think of ways to divide us. This rant is absolutely absurd. And to think, I used to be a fan of yours.”
Here’s her full Facebook post:
(H/T: Chicks on the Right)