Ashley Judd Is Pressing Charges Against March Madness Twitter Trolls

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Insurgent star and longtime University of Kentucky basketball fan Ashley Judd received some ugly March Madness-themed Twitter backlash during Sunday's SEC Tournament championship game.


After tweeting that the Arkansas Razorbacks were "playing dirty" in their attempt to unseat Kentucky from the no. 1 spot, Judd was attacked by a barrage of that particularly aggressive brand of Internet troll: the woman-hating sports enthusiast.


Judd told NBC News (as pinpointed by E!) that the "amount of gender violence that I experienced is absolutely extraordinary," adding: "Everyone needs to take personal responsibility for what they write and not allowing this misinterpretation and shaming culture on social media to persist. And by the way, I'm pressing charges."

I happen to be from Lexington, Kentucky, too*; Ashley Judd has been a beloved fixture at UK games for years, so I say this with the love and familiarity that comes with having seen the same celebrity on a Jumbotron since my early adolescence: YAS, ASHLEY!

*And I just noticed that the row behind Judd in this photo is inhabited by several of my former high school classmates. Crazy! You guys just keep on wearing khakis, huh?


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I follow/am kind of part of a rather large group of sportswriters and enthusiastic sports fans who just happen to be women on Twitter, and this is about par for the course. It's disgusting. We regularly get told called all kinds of vulgar names, get told to "go back to the kitchen," are informed that "if we had a dick in our mouths like the good lord intended we wouldn't be so bitchy/talk so much," etc. Just because we're talking about sports.