Stories about Judd's puffy face, caused by the medication she had been taking for a sinus infection, gave way to plastic surgery rumors in recent weeks.
Rumors that did not sit well with the Missing star, who is assailing critics left and right over this "sad commentary" on our obsession with appearance.
"I think it's hatred of women that invites the criticism," the actress told NBC.
"I think it's the objectification of girls and this hypersexualization of our society. It doesn't have anything to do with me, really, and how I look."
Judd says the reaction to her appearance was as swift as it was negative.
"There was no presumption of goodwill," she says, and that's what pushed her over the edge. "The conversation went straight to, 'Oh my gosh.'"
Particularly galling, besides the "nasty, vitriolic and gloating tone," she added, was the speculation that the 43-year-old had plastic surgery.