Last night, I read a news article in The New York Times about why so many “moderate” Republican women have abandoned conservatism for the Democratic Party. It seems that a lot of women who ordinarily identify as moderate or conservative are really upset about the erosion of women’s rights championed by the Republican Party, and they have vowed to stop voting for Republicans. Because I am an American woman who quit voting for Republicans, I decided to comment. To the Times’ question, “Will the abortion debate keep moderate women in the Democrats’ camp?”, I answered thusly:
That’s one major reason why I am done with Republicans. Trump is the biggest reason, though.
I noticed I got a “laughing” reaction. It was from child actress turned lawyer/author/conservative pundit, Susan Swift. I had seen Susan Swift leaving outrageous right wing Facebook comments on a lot of articles posted by The New York Times. I noticed she had a blue check mark, which makes her a “celebrity” or well known person. I figured she was some kind of female Rush Limbaugh acolyte, or something. I didn’t pay a lot of attention to her comments, because I found her rude and snarky, and because I don’t agree with her opinions. I didn’t actually realize Susan Swift was a child actress, though, until I finally looked her up to see why I should care about her opinions, and why she had that blue check mark next to her name.
I was pretty shocked to find out that Susan Swift was in a movie I well remember from my childhood.
I remember seeing that movie when I was a kid. I most recently watched it when Bill and I were first together, about twenty years ago. I remember getting it from Netflix on DVD and watching it, because I remember seeing it on TV and was kind of haunted by it. Susan Swift was good in Audrey Rose, which also boasted Marsha Mason and Anthony Hopkins in the cast. I mean, Mason and Hopkins are heavy hitting ARTISTS, and Audrey Rose was a pretty decent film. It wasn’t a shitty horror flick, or anything. She’s even been somewhat recently interviewed about her acting career and came across as basically okay there.
I was disappointed when I saw that this former child actress turned right wing political pundit was “laughing” at me for sharing my decidedly unfunny opinion on a random New York Times’ article. I don’t know a lot about Susan Swift, other than she went to law school, became a lawyer and author, and was afforded opportunities that a lot of women before her didn’t have. And apparently, she strongly aligns with a political movement that would like to strip women of their rights and autonomy, and thinks it’s cool that our former president throws tantrums, admires dictators, and brags about sexually harassing and molesting women. What a shitty person she must be. I mean, even if you disagree with someone’s politics, you don’t need to “laugh” at them when they obviously haven’t said anything funny. That’s just disrespectful and rude. Before I looked her up online, I decided to block her. And I posted this:
Blocked Susan Swift, because I have seen her making the rounds. She’s one of Trump’s bullies, who thinks she needs to laugh at people because they understandably don’t want to be led by a pussy grabber who admires dictators and throws tantrums when he loses elections.
Because I wondered why she had that blue check mark by her name, I investigated her acting career, which ended in 1995. She was in a fair amount of stuff back in the day. I did truly enjoy her in Audrey Rose… what a shame that she’s turned into such a creep. I mean, a person can be a conservative and not be a jerk, right? I have conservative friends with whom I don’t discuss politics. We have basic mutual respect. I don’t know Susan Swift at all, and I know she’s a “personality”… but don’t “personalities” get popular because they relate to a lot of people? So basically, Susan Swift relates to a lot of really awful people who enjoy mocking people who have a different world view than she has… as she and her ilk speak of “freedom” from government overreach. Why don’t they see that the government is now trying to reach into the most private and personal aspect of women’s lives? Women make up about half the population!
Over the past a couple of weeks, I have found myself becoming even less tolerant of uncivilized people who feel the need to hurl abuse at others, especially when all they’re doing is respectfully trying to share an opinion. Lately, I’ve been exploring Twitter. I’ve had mixed results with it. Some people on Twitter are hilarious and witty, and it’s fun to read their comments. Others are just incredibly toxic, and they think nothing of insulting people they don’t even know for not sharing their world views. I had to change my settings on Twitter, because I couldn’t deal with the poisonous spew that came forth from Twitter users who lack common decency and decorum. It was giving me a very dystopian and distorted view of my homeland. I’ve been blocking a lot of people on social media who can’t behave decently, especially if they’re strangers.
Anyway, I know that actors and actresses are people too, and one can like an artist’s work and not like them as a person. For years, I’ve loved watching The Brady Bunch, but I had to unfollow Susan Olsen on social media, because I couldn’t take her racist screeds against Muslims and pro Trump rallying cries. And I know I have a lot of former friends and family members who don’t follow me because they don’t want to be exposed to my opinions. At least most of them were decent enough to take action quietly and without mocking or outright abuse. My Uncle Ed is an exception… he actually cussed me out, called me a “liberal nutjob”, and reminded me of some of my dad’s most horrible verbal abuse tirades after one of his frequent benders. I don’t have to abide that from strangers at all, and certainly not from a former child actress turned Republican flunkie.
15 thoughts on “My unfortunate encounter with “Audrey Rose” last night… How horrific!”
Child actress turned troll. There are many conservatives who are civil and whom you can reason with. But the trolls seem to be so many now a day. You don’t reason with Trolls. I’ve tried. It is useless since they are not interested in dialogue. You keep them away if you can. Block/delete/ignore/ask them to leave, any of that.
Exactly. When someone’s first comment to me is “laughter” on a non humorous comment, profane, mocking, begins with the words “You do know that…”, condescending, insulting, or just plain shitty, I just block them and move on. Life is short.
But how sad that a talented young lady with a movie career has turned into someone who tears down strangers. One would think a lawyer– especially a female lawyer– would want to promote freedom of expression. I guess not. Hope she’s happy when she’s forced into less of a starring role by championing the likes of Donald Trump.
I’ll go you one better. The local loumouth Republican hypocrite was, of course, an anti-masker and has all of these signs on her lawn about “medical freedom” but is fine with forcing women to give birth even if it kills them. They’re all a bunch of hypocrites – every single one of them.
You are so right. I think there are hypocrites on both sides, but lately the Republicans seem to be more obnoxious than I have ever seen them before. It’s so sad.
Susan Swift, unfortunately, is one of those cruel-minded, sanctimonious, and totally despicable ultra-conservatives who use their talent and intelligence to (a) acquire wealth and power, and (b) to impose their religious and political beliefs on others, whether the “others” want them or not.
I checked out one of her columns on the PolitiChicks website; she’s obnoxious as hell there. And, of course, like Alex Jones and Ronny Jackson, she’s from Texas.
Shame…. Because she was good in “Audrey Rose”. She has talent. But I am not getting into a pissing match with her. I have seen her comments before I blocked her. She has become quite insufferable in her middle age. It’s a pity.
I heartily agree with you. The posts that she writes in that website shows how spiteful she is toward liberals or anyone whose views she disagrees with.
I have never seen her writing on her site. I just noticed that she leaves a lot of shitty comments on NY Times pieces. I never paid attention to them until she “laughed” at me. I am tired of brain dead Trump supporters mocking me for what I know is legitimate concern about the future. Trump was a DISASTROUS president. Biden isn’t awesome, either, but at least he has a decent soul.
Yes I agree it is sad when a person who could be something much better chose to be a pompous troll. Politics can make the ugly side in people manifest itself. Her soul is rotting and she does not know it.
Or, as Randy Newman would say, “She’s dead, but she don’t know it…”. 😉
Actually, given that “Audrey Rose” was about reincarnation, that fits better than it ought to…
Ha ha that’s a good reply. By the way are you aware of that there are no “like” buttons for me to press even though I am following you?
Yeah, I think I disabled them. I believe you can still like from the app… or maybe in the morning, I will figure out how to reinstate them. I don’t remember why I disabled them. It probably had to do with a troll.
I’m somewhat amused when someone proclaims “celebrity” status and I’ve never heard of the person — sort of like when Rumer Willis as a teen proclaimed that being famous was a full-time job. I do admit to being less pop culture savvy than is the average person of my age, and some “celebrities” of whom I’m not aware may be the real thing, though I doubt Susan Swift is all that relevant today.
I don’t get why any sane woman would support this bullshit.
Susan Swift was also in Harper Valley PTA with Barbara Eden.