An alarming lack of logic, appalling comments, and vile name-calling might be a reality we've just got to accept when using the Internet, but threats of sexual violence are another matter entirely.
When Ashley Judd tweeted that the Arkansas Razorbacks were "playing dirty" during Sunday's Southeastern Conference championship game, she received verbal abuse so graphic NBC couldn't air the text on television. (Literally—they had to blur it out.) The actress made an appearance on the network Monday to explain why she's taking legal action against the writers of the explicit tweets.
"The amount of gender violence that I experience is absolutely extraordinary," she said. "And a significant part of my day today will be spent filing police reports at home about gender violence that's directed at me on social media."
Good on you, Ashley Judd, for taking this seriously. Watch the rest of her interview below.
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Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.
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