Actress and Kentucky Wildcats fan Ashley Judd is firing back at those who posted threats and hateful comments online after she tweeted that she thought Arkansas was playing dirty in its SEC basketball matchup with her alma mater. She responded in an explicit online essay, "Forget Your Team: Your Online Violence Toward Girls and Women Is What Can Kiss My (Behind)," posted Thursday on mic.com. Judd says she routinely copes with tweets that "sexualize, objectify, insult, degrade and even physically threaten me." But she writes, "this particular tsunami of gender-based violence and misogyny flooding my Twitter feed was overwhelming." Judd said this week in an interview on MSNBC that she planned to press charges if she could.
There may be no direct link, however. Analysts say the group could be trying to raise its profile by associating itself with attacks around the region.