Ashley Judd took to Facebook Live to address a recent situation at an airport.
Judd, 49, spoke out against everyday sexism in the video and explained an encounter she had with an airport employee that was inappropriate. For Judd, speaking out about the situation is important because it’s something that is not often addressed.
“This is the kind of thing to me that happens which I categorize as everyday sexism. And it is so easy to let it go and not to speak up, particularly when it is so easy for someone to push back and say ‘Oh, I was just being polite’,” she explained.
“So I was coming through security and a guy said ‘Hey sweetheart,’ and I said, ‘I’m not your sweetheart, I am your client.’ So I was already setting a boundary. When I was setting my things out, he said, ‘Hey nice dress!’” Judd explained.
“I didn’t hear him say anything about the attire of any of the other folks in the entire line and I am in one of the most traveled airports in the world. I’m surrounded by lots and lots of other people dressed in lots of different kinds of dress,” she continued.
As their encounter progressed, Judd revealed that the employee then touched her, but he hadn’t touched anyone else. “I was speaking with one of his colleagues, she was saying, ‘Do you have high heeled shoes,’ and then guess what happened next? He touched me. I didn’t see him touch anybody else. And I turned around and I said, ‘That was unnecessary’,” she recounted in the Facebook Live.
“By that time, you know, my skin was burning, my feet are burning. It’s so hard to continue to set these boundaries when someone continues to push. And then for good measure, he just said one more time, ‘have a good day sweetheart,’” the actress continued.
Judd said that her intention was not to be controversial. She then asked to speak to the employee’s manager and explained what had happened. According to Judd, the manager apologized and said employees are trained to only address passengers as “sir” and “madam” and not to touch anyone.