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‘Nasty Woman’ poem performed by Ashley Judd at Women’s March written by 19-year-old Nina Donovan

By WITW Staff on January 23, 2017

Actress and activist Ashley Judd delivered a rousing beat-style poem at the Women’s March on Washington, criticizing President Trump and pointing out the inequalities faced by women in America.

The poem was written by 19-year-old Nina Donovan who was compelled to put pen to paper as soon as she watched Mr. Trump call Hillary Clinton a “nasty woman” during the final presidential debate. It was her way of reclaiming the sexist slur.

Judd had initially seen Donovan perform the poem at a show and later sought her permission to recite it at the pre-march rally in Washington on Saturday.

Donovan attended Nashville’s 15,000-person sister march on Saturday and commented, “I was seeing the physical form of everything I was saying in my poem,” adding, “If we keep fighting, we can all be equal one day. It just shows so much hope in this city and this nation.”

Beginning with the phrase, “I am a nasty woman,” Donovan’s poem, performed by Judd, continued, “Not as nasty as a man who looks like he bathes in Cheeto dust, a man whose words are a dis to America, Electoral College-sanctioned hate speech contaminating this national anthem.”

“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,” Judd said. “Blacks are still in shackles and graves just for being black. Slavery has been reinterpreted as the prison system, in front of people who see melanin as animal skin.

“I am not as nasty as a swastika painted on a pride flag,” she said. “And I didn’t know devils could be resurrected. But I feel Hitler in these streets. A mustache traded for a toupee.

“I am not as nasty as racism, fraud, conflict of interest, homophobia, sexual assault, transphobia, white supremacy, misogyny, ignorance and white privilege,” she said.

Judd pushed back against critics who denounced her recitation of the poem and language that was deemed vulgar, saying that it was Trump who had opened up usage of the word “pussy” with his remarks on the infamous Access Hollywood tape. “I’m just quoting him,” Judd said. “And I am really more entitled to the word because I’ve actually got one.”

Watch Nina Donovan’s original version of the poem below:

Read the full story at USA Today.


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