Ashley Judd, the accomplished Hollywood actress-feminist (and the non-singing sister in the singing Judd family), is seriously contemplating a run for the Kentucky Senate as a Democrat against Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell. There is a potential problem, however, implies the conservative “Daily Caller.” Judd will become the first serious contender for high national office who has appeared on screen numerous times in various degrees of nudity. The blog’s entertainment editor has done her research with no less an authority than MrSkin.com, and reports that Judd went topless for 1996′s “Normal Life” and went topless and bottomless in 1999′s “Double Jeopardy.” Meanwhile, in both 1996′s “Norma Jean and Marilyn” and 1999′s “Eye of the Beholder,” Judd went full frontal while also baring her comely tush. Ashley had a lesbian sex scene in 2002′s Oscar-nominated “Frida,” and “Mr. Skin” categorized nine other scenes as “sexy,” and if you can’t trust him on such matters, whom can you trust?
We have learned that former porn stars can’t be middle school teachers or beauty queens, that art teachers can’t be seen painting pictures with their butts (even with paper bags over their heads) and that “the Naked Teacher Principle” decrees that those we entrust with the the shaping of young minds cannot be trusted to do the job if their naughty bits are just a mouse click away. Doesn’t it follow that there is a “Naked Senator Principle”? Surely internet nudity that was previously available at the Multiplex is a disqualification for Congress. Isn’t it? Shouldn’t it be?
No. Although it often seems otherwise, the constituents of members of Congress aren’t impressionable children, and adults are supposed to comprehend that when a performer is nude in a dramatic role, it is the character, not the actual individual, whose body is on display. A naked actress is an artist, and Judd’s periodic sacrifices of her modesty for dramatic effect are no more disq1ualifying, and perhaps less, than Sen. Scott Brown’s youthful foray into soft porn modeling, Governor Ahnold’s loincloth roles (or bare butt in “Terminator 2″), Senator James Webb’s racy sequences in his novels, Governor Jennifer Grantholm’s beauty pageant victory, or Ronald Reagan’s semi-incestuous relationship with Shirley Temple, of all people, in the creepy “That Hagen Girl.”
Unlike teachers, a U.S. Senator’s effectiveness and trustworthiness isn’t undermined in any way by professional nudity. There needs to be a “Stupid Senator Principle,” and quick, but no “Naked Senator Principle.” Well, at least if the Senator is Ashley Judd.
A naked Mitch McConnell, on the other hand…
Source: Daily Caller