Her real name is Judy Sheindlin, and she turns 70 this year. Sheindlin runs a “Kangaroo Court” – a term which refers to a bogus court or sham legal proceeds – on the number one syndicated show on television, simply called “Judge Judy.” In fact, Sheindlin – who’s an actual judge – is often parodied on “Saturday Night Live” for embarrassing court room guests on the show with such statements as: "Get a job and pay for your bail!" "Are you an idiot or are you just not paying attention?" "Let me explain something to you Mr. Grunt: I don't like you." "Do your math . . . use your fingers and toes!" “It's been reported Judy Sheindlin now makes $45 million a year - enough for a 13-acre spread in suburban Connecticut whose professional-type stove, she claims, she doesn't know how to turn on,” reported CBS “Sunday Morning” TV program Jan. 8; while also noting how this TV show’s pitch -- “plaintiffs and defendants ‘tell it to the judge’ at their own risk,” is a fake, after CBS News broke the real story that “the show that pays the damages, not the bickering parties. Still, the judge insists the stakes are still high because people want to air their grievances.”
"Most of these people are involved in the emotion of the relationship that caused them to come here in the first place," said Sheindlin, who seems just as surly in real life as she does on her “Judge Judy” show.
Here comes the fake judge
In case you are wondering, CBS News reported that “the cases on ‘Judge Judy’ are real, culled from court dockets around the country. Both sides must agree to abide by whatever the judge rules.”
However, critics of the show say that the real life Judy Sheindlin is “way to rich at making $45 million a year – for the past 16 years that the show’s been on the air – to have real empathy, while practicing the principles of law and justice, for people that “she abuses on the show, who are obviously chosen because they’re very poor or mentally ill. She’s a fake judge, handing out some sort of warped justice while laughing all the way to the bank,” said a TV critic.
Still, Judge Judy Sheindlin gives no quarter because she’s filthy rich and seemingly above all who enter her TV courtroom.
Judge Judy is mean spirited
Other critics of Judge Judy’s style say her unkind nature is a “character flaw,” and many who watch the show don’t like her but “enjoy watching a train wreck happen.”
In fact, the CBS News Sunday Morning profile called Sheindlin “the tough-as-nails terror of daytime TV.”
Moreover, Judge Judy is likened to a drill sergeant: "It's 'Look into my eyes. Don't talk when talking, just shape up.'"
"I think I'm a good fact finder," said Sheindlin during the CBS News interview. "And if you should've brought that piece of evidence and you didn't, that is not my fault. And if you're 22 years old and if I say to you, 'On what day were you arrested?' and you say to me, 'Which time?' that is not a good thing."
Prior to landing the role of “Judge Judy” back in 1996, Scheindlin was known as a “tough judge for 14 years on New York City’s family court.” During a “60 Minutes” profile of her method’s in 1993 -- prior to the landing the Judge Judy show – she was called a “hoot” for her rude behavior in the courtroom.
"If that's too hard for you, sir, then I'm gonna put you somewhere where you're gonna be in bed at 9 o'clock - that's where your friends are!" This was a statement from Scheindlin from the 60 Minutes program from a recording of this foul-mouthed judge in a real New York courtroom.
Judge Judy makes millions insulting poor folks
"I say it in a lot of different ways, but the message is, it's your life, live it well,” adds Scheindlin to the CBS Sunday Morning interview while not taking any tough questions her show that’s pitched as something where “justice is dispensed at the speed of light.”
While Judge Judy gets to use such catchphrases as “Baloney,” or her view that “If something doesn’t make sense, it’s usually not true,” there’s no talking back to this “fake” TV judge who’s credited with stating more unkind and politically incorrect statements about women, minorities and other issues while deceiving her TV audience by pretending to make people pay for their wrongs when all along her show’s producers are paying off the one’s Judge Judy calls “bad guys.”
Also, the Judge Judy show has been accused of “bad faith,” a legal concept which refers to malicious intention of a person (Judge Judy) who enters into a legal procedure with an intention to “deceive or mislead” her the show’s audience by thinking the judge is being real; when all along it’s for the show’s gains.
Judge Judy the queen of rude
Sheindlin seems to really enjoy her role of “Judge Judy.” For instance, she often makes such remarks as "I'm speaking!" She likes to be the boss, say critics.
She then will call people: "Liar, liar, pants on fire.” "Listen to me: You are an outrageous person,” or "Sir, you want to say something to me? You sure you want to say something to me? And, she asserts: "You mess around with me young lady; I'll wipe the floor with you.”
Sheindlin was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her bad mouth and fake judgments as "Judge Judy," added one TV critic.
Image source of Judith Sheindlin who makes a reported $45 million a year playing “Judge Judy” on a TV court show. Photo courtesy Wikipedia