Nude Ashley Judd mocked in pro-mining poster Kentucky coalminers, who favor mountain top excavation, are attacking their social-do-gooder antagonist, Ashley Judd.

Judd has vocally spoken against mountaintop coal mining, the process by which peaks are blasted to extract coal. The actress is a longtime environmentalist and AIDs activist. Her argument is that the residue from mining lands in the streams.

To diminish her cause and her image, Kentucky coalminers are posting 5’ 3” posters of a topless Judd that reads “Ashley Judd makes a living taking off her top. Why can’t coal miners?”

The photo of Judd, covering her bare breasts, is from a 2003 Marie Claire article per the New York Daily News. It hangs near a golf club near Prestonburg, Kentucky.

The locals are still irate over an anti-mining speech that Judd gave on June 9, referring to the mountaintop blasting as “the rape of Appalachia.”

“It is time to retire the cynical and superficial coal company-created argument that we must choose between people, their jobs, and our mountains,” Judd, 42, said in the speech. “That is simply false, fear-based and fear-mongering.”

In addition, Judd has problems with the whole practice of building golf courses over mine sites.

“I’m not too keen on reinforcing stereotypes about my people, but I don’t know a lot of hillbillies who golf,” she said in her speech.

“If you’re an eastern Kentuckian, if you’re a hillbilly – if that’s what you want to call yourself – you don’t go around and ridicule and denigrate the other people of the area,” said David Gooch, president of the Pikeville-based Coal Operators and Associates. Gooch’s company, along with the organization Friends of Coal, sponsored the tournament where the poster was hanging per the New York Daily News.

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