Don’t call Ashley Judd “sweetheart.”
The actress slammed an airport employee for referring to her by the pet name, as well as putting his hands on her.
“This is the kind of thing to me that happens which I categorize as everyday sexism,” she fumed in a Facebook Live video on Saturday. “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.’ 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.”
Judd, 49, didn’t specify at which airport the incident occurred, but had been traveling through Europe over the weekend to film “Berlin Station.” She claimed the offenses didn’t end there.
“When I was setting my things out, he said, ‘Hey nice dress!’ 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. … And then guess what happened next? He touched me,” she alleged.
“I didn’t see him touch anybody else. And I turned around and I said, ‘That was unnecessary.’ 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,” she explained. “And then for good measure, he just said one more time, ‘Have a good day sweetheart!’”
Judd spoke to a manager about the experience, which she said ended positively.
“I’m very happy to report that the manager with which I spoke immediately apologized … He had a very long conversation with the employee and he also assured me that their training … is to call people ‘sir’ and ‘madam,’ and that touching someone is totally inappropriate.”
She added, “I also spoke with the manager about how our dream, our ideal, would be that we would record this little Facebook Live post together, but because he was in uniform, he wasn’t able to do that. I think it’s really important if we’re discussing the problem, also to highlight a solution.”