Austin American-Statesman - - FRIDAY BRIEFING -

A top­less photo of Ashley Judd em­bla­zoned on a poster that mocks the ac­tress’s out­spo­ken op­po­si­tion to moun­tain­top re­moval min­ing was on dis­play at a coal in­dus­try-spon­sored golf tour­na­ment in Ken­tucky.

“Ashley Judd makes a liv­ing re­mov­ing her top — why can’t coal min­ers?” the 5-by-3-foot poster reads in bold, black letters. The poster, with a 2006 mag­a­zine photo show­ing Judd cov­er­ing her breasts with her hands, was at the StoneCrest Golf Course in Pre­stons­burg, Ky.

Judd said in a speech last month that moun­tain­top re­moval, which blasts the tops off moun­tains to ex­tract coal, is the “rape of Ap­palachia.” She also re­ferred to golf cour­ses built atop for­mer min­ing sites, like StoneCrest.

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

Judd is one of many artists, in­clud­ing Dave Matthews Em­my­Lou mu­si­cians and Har­ris

, who have been out­spo­ken about the con­tro­ver­sial min­ing prac­tice.

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