Ashley Judd still hasn’t revealed if she plans on challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Kentucky Senate race next year, but according to a March 4 report by The Atlantic Wire, the actress’ nude scenes are already being dragged into the political fray.
The Daily Caller reportedly listed all of the movies that Ashley Judd has appeared in and asked readers this question: "Will Judd be the first potential senator who has -- literally -- nothing left to show us?" Ashley’s name was missing from Seth MacFarlane’s Oscar song “We Saw Your Boobs,” but the actress has stripped down quite a bit in movies like “Norman Jean and Marilyn,” “Normal Life,” and “Bug.” Ashley is certainly in an interesting position -- has there ever even been a big Hollywood actress who’s run for office who can be seen nude in a movie? And will Republicans start bringing up Ashley’s nude scenes in hopes of convincing the conservative state of Kentucky that she’s not a suitable Senator?
Ashley wouldn’t be the only good-looking politician who showed a little skin before running for office -- she’s just showed a little more than most. Sarah Palin had to parade around in a swimsuit back when she competed in beauty pageants, and Scott Brown’s nude Cosmo photos didn’t stop him from becoming the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts since 1972. Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger also stripped down for Cosmo back when he was young and buff, and he flashed a ton of flesh competing in body building competitions. None of this stopped Arnie from becoming California’s Governator, but it’s more surprising that voters forgave him for “Jingle All the Way.” So who knows? Maybe Ashley’s nude scenes will actually help her cause. Voters might involuntarily imagine Mitch McConnell naked for the sake of comparison, and this can only work in Ashley’s favor.
Hopefully she never apologizes for her decision to strip down -- at least Ashley was just simulating sex onscreen to play a character and not actually getting caught up in a sex scandal. And speaking of sex, maybe America needs more women like Ashley who aren’t afraid of the s-word. She’s openly talked about her own experience being sexually abused, which is a big contrast to Mitch McConnell defending Richard Mourdock’s comment about pregnancies resulting from rape being a “gift from God.”
Ashley Judd probably knows what she’s up against if she decides to run for Senate, and she’s pretty darn brave if she does. Other actresses often viewed as sex objects like Scarlett Johansson and Eva Longoria find ways to get involved in politics such as starring in political ads, but so far no big-name female stars have decided to really put themselves out there by running for office. Meanwhile plenty of male stars have made the move from Hollywood to politics -- in addition to Arnie, male celeb politicians include Clint Eastwood, Ronald Reagan, Al Franken, and Sonny Bono.
If Ashley does run and win, hopefully it inspires another actress known for her nude scenes to try for a bigger prize someday -- wouldn’t it be great if Angelina Jolie adopted everyone in America?