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Wynonna Responds to Ashley Judd’s Women’s March Speech

Singer, who will launch a tour this weekend, says “I try to stay away from that toxicity”

Singer Wynonna Judd and actress Ashley Judd, her half-sister, represent different forms of entertainment, but both performers use public forums to express their opinions and enlighten fans – albeit in very different ways.

Ashley Judd’s appearance at this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington, D.C., which was attended by an estimate of at least 470,000 people, was one of the day’s most talked-about moments, with thousands of women and men looking on as she recited “I’m a Nasty Woman,” a spoken-word piece by 19-year-old Franklin, Tennessee, native Nina Donovan.

Beginning with the title line, which Donovan says she reclaimed after then-Republican presidential candidate Trump called opponent Hillary Clinton “a nasty woman” during one of their debates, the powerful piece is a rapid-fire takedown of Trump’s appearance (“a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust”) and also addresses racism (“I’m not as nasty as Confederate flags being tattooed across my city. Maybe the South actually is going to rise again, maybe for some, it never really fell”) and wage inequality (“Tell me why the work of a black woman and a Hispanic women is only worth 63 and 54 percent of a white man’s privileged paycheck?”).

The poem ends with the assertion that “our pussies ain’t for grabbing, they’re for reminding you that our walls are stronger than America’s ever will be. They’re for birthing new generations of filthy, vulgar, bossy, brave, proud, nasty women.” 

It didn’t take long for social media and news outlets to respond to Judd’s appearance at the march, including Wynonna, who responded to posts in her Twitter feed about Ashley’s speech with the tweet: “A reminder for people visiting my site. For me it’s about love of [music] & fellowship with fans. I don’t do politics on here.” When asked to clarify her position, the singer tweeted: “I try to stay away from that toxicity. . . the whole thing is toxic. I’m not giving her all the credit. She doesn’t have that kind of power.” She then added: “It’s been a really tough day on Twitter and I’ve hung in there and now I’m going to go sing & be part of the solution.” At one point, she even hinted that she had been tempted to give up her Twitter habit, but said, “My staying on Twitter is a daily practice for me, to continue to love the unlovable & to be kind to the people who everyone else thinks I should ignore.”

Throughout 2017, Wynonna and her band the Big Noise – featuring her husband, drummer Cactus Moser – will revisit the Grammy winner’s musical past, present and future converge with their just-announced Roots and Revival Tour. More than two dozen dates on the trek have been revealed, kicking off this coming weekend in Cincinnati and running through mid-October. 

Here are Wynonna & the Big Noise’s Roots & Revivial Tour dates:

January 27 – Cincinnati, OH
January 28 – Jackson, MS
March 2 – Englewood, FL
March 3 – Ocala, FL
March 4 – Mount Dora, FL
March 5 – Atlanta, GA
March 9 – Hopewell, VA
March 10 – Elizabethtown, KY
March 11 – Hiawasee, GA
March 12 – Myrtle Beach, SC
April 6 – Green Cove Springs, FL
April 29 – Minden, NV
April 30 – Indio, CA
June 3 – Mayetta, KS
June 23 – Cadott, WI
August 5 – Canon City, CO
September 22 – Tiffin, OH
September 24 – Jasper, IN
September 28 – Annapolis, MD
September 29 – Keene, NH
October 1 – Great Barrington, MA
October 6 – Salisbury, MA
October 7 – York, PA
October 8 – Millville, NJ
October 9 – Alexandria, VA
October 13 – Des Moines, IA
October 14 – Naperville, IL
October 19 – Clinton Township, MI
October 20 – Cedarburg, WI

Watch as the Women’s March starts in Washington D.C. and carried on throughout the world. Watch here.

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