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Ashley Judd Explains Hip-Hop Comments After Backlash

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Time for some backtracking.

After stating in her upcoming memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, that some hip-hop artists, including Snoop and Diddy, promote a "rape culture," Ashley Judd is responding to the backlash surrounding her comments.

She says:

"My intention was to support artists to know that they have so much power. That they make incredible life changing impressions, particularly on the young. And we have choices everyday with our expressions, either empower and celebrate people or to re-enforce inequality and degradation."

She continued:

"There are elements, and that is the part that has been so distorted… what I'm being accused of is condemning rap and hip-hop as a whole, and the whole community and when they say community, they mean the fans, and African-Americans, it's become so generalized.

"My intention was to take a stand to say the elements of that musical expression that are misogynistic and treat girls and women in a hyper-sexualized way that are inappropriate. That is not acceptable in any artistic expression, in any cultural form, whether its country music or in television story lines. And if they read more than one paragraph in the book, they would see that all four hundred pages are about that," she concluded."

Well, if she had just said this in the first place then she could have avoided the backlash.

What do U think of Ashley's explanation? Do U agree?

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45 comments to “Ashley Judd Explains Hip-Hop Comments After Backlash”



  1. 1

    I think she is a retard who doesn't know what the fuck she is talking about. Puffy and Snoop are two rappers who do very little of what she's complaining about. Now, she has a point. Some hip hop is very misogynistic. Hell, most well known rappers are men. And this point has been argued for over 20 years. However, this bitch really doesn't care about it. She said something controversial to sell her lame ass books. And that makes her an asshole.



  2. 2

    I agree with her and I accept her explanation.



  3. 3

    im sure well its all in her book and someone obviosly just picked out a sentence and ran with it.. she's a smart woman and i believe her. although race is a touchy subject in the first place. but i think she's right its disgusting how rappers have all these hoochies in their videos' and whats even more disgusting is the girls who do it for fame. they are not helping woman in any sort of form by doing that.

  4. jham says – reply to this


    4

    I agree 100% with everything she just said in this post, however, I did not read that (or any) portion of her book, so I can't say whether or not I agree with the message she portrays in the book. But I agree with what she said here.



  5. 5

    I agree with her. Even if degradation is used "very little", the message is not good.



  6. 6

    i like snoop becuase he actually some rapping style and an engaging personality, but diddy is such a personality-void shit face and his music sucks. does puffy have any hits besides ripping off one of the police's or led zepplin's signature songs? of course not.



  7. 7

    I agree with her. I don't think it was wise to name names. Look at the way women display themselves, Rihanna is a good example. IF you are the father of a daughter, tell me you want your daughter to grow up and prance around half naked doing vulgar poses.



  8. 8

    She is dead right, and I wish someone would put the nail in the coffin on the exploitative and tacky rap industry. It's not only shameful but has ruined music for the past twenty years.



  9. 9

    She says people are generalizing? HA! Her comments were generalizing and only now is she half-assedly trying to narrow them. She has no idea what she's talking about and really doesn't get to have an opinion on a music she obviously doesn't understand. Stick to the hick music, girl.



  10. 10

    I hate it when music and films are blamed for the 'evils' of society. Music doesn't 'make' anyone do anything unless the person in question is an utter simpleton…seriously give people (especially kids) some credit.



  11. 11

    She's absolutely correct. There was no need to say more. If she has any critics, they can try to disprove her comments. But, really, who cares?



  12. 12

    What backlash? I frequent hiphop blogs and this is my first time hearing about this. Most hiphop fans don't even know what an Ashley Judd is. lol This is a fake(or overblown) controversy to drum up interest in her book, I bet.

    I don't entirely disagree with her though. CERTAIN rappers send negative and damaging messages to young listeners.



  13. 13

    Its a Black thing I tell ya!!!! Got to be!! LOL!!!



  14. 14

    i actually agree and 'get' what she's trying to say. and i love rap and hip hop. the issue runs deeper than that however. most rappers came from nothing, were poor, living in ghettos, surrounded by drugs, gangs etc. so of course their life experiences in part, inspire their art and who they are. most pop stars, actors, etc. grew up affluent or had parents in the industry so their experiences/art is different. plus there are worse misogynists than who she mentioned . . . eminem comes to mind. i still love his music though but he has some issues regarding women and it all started from his mother. i love tupac b/c he uplifted women and actually rapped about this. listen to keep ya head up, dear momma etc. "I wonder why we take from our women
    Why we rape our women, do we hate our women?
    I think it's time to kill for our women
    Time to heal our women, be real to our women
    And if we don't we'll have a race of babies
    That will hate the ladies, that make the babies
    And since a man can't make one
    He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one
    So will the real men get up
    I know you're fed up ladies, but keep your head up



  15. 15

    Snoops uncut stuff is somewhat degrading to women I am not so sure about Diddy. She probably just thought up the only two rappers she knows. I think she should have researched a little more. She isn't a real journalist or writer so she doesn't really know. Her editor should have stepped in. There are rappers and other genres that do use there lyrics to degrade women and a lot who don't. There are some uncut videos that are nothing but flat out porn. Rappers come in all colors so I don't think it is a racial thing.



  16. 16

    she has a valid point however, she just kind of scratches the surface and doesn't get to the underlying cause. but i suppose it would be hard for her to totally get it since she grew up with a different reality. not saying she didn't have a hard life, i haven't read her book or know her story but no one would know who she is if it weren't for her mom. just my 2 cents but you know what they say about that. :p lol



  17. 17

    Re: Black Swan

    YOU are WRONG. Nothing shocks anymore, it is a never ending quest to shock further. The culture is vulgar and reflected in all it's media.



  18. 18

    She is absolutely right!!! And the first post is funny.. "Puffy and Snoop are two rappers who do very little of what she's complaining about" That means they STILL do it even if it's A LITTLE…. maybe not now but when they started is a whole another story..And not just the singing.. It's the dancing too.. I mean, I would NEVER let some guy pretend to butt fuck me while dancing. Girls that let this happen have little self esteem and it's disgusting. Have some respect for yourselves!! A dance phase!! What a joke!!



  19. 19

    For once I totally agree with Ashley Judd. These idiot rappers just want to hold their people back so they will buy their music. If the negro culture would only work to empower or better themselves (and they have been given EVERY opportunity), we would have fewer problems. The same goes with perfomers like Gaga and Madonna. Instead of slamming things that are important and sacred to so many why don't they celebrate and work to improve our world? It's pathetic…but rappers in general are misogynists. And they will ultimately pay the price for their misdeeds.

  20. 7tizz says – reply to this


    20

    It's a well known fact that the only good rap song ever made was Rob Base's 'It Takes Two'.



  21. 21

    She is right. I knew what she meant in the first place.



  22. 22

    I agree with her and I'm a black man.



  23. 23

    Re: AndreasCullen – I agree with her too. And as far as rap affecting the music industry… i've noticed that people are becoming more and more tired of it (Hip Hop & Gangster Rap). Everyone seems to be doing the dance music thing again. Kinda like how it was in the the late 80's and early 90's when house and techno music was the thing and hip hop artists were even making house/techno tracks. Today everyone is doing Electro, House or Trancey styled kind of music. Black Eyed Peas, Usher, Chris Brown, Neyo, Rihanna and etc have all joined the dance craze. Theres a few innovative people left. Nicki Minaj is one of them. I like her style out of all the has beens.



  24. 24

    I completely agree with her. On every level.



  25. 25

    I like Ashley Judd, but actually artists have influence, maybe, but not "so much power". Let the artists have freedom of expression, and give the "little guy" some credit Ashley.



  26. 26

    hmmm..last I checked this was a free country and people are entitled to their own opinions so why the fuss?? and since when did everyone become sooo sensitive, people cant even open their mouths without a frenzy ensuing…really people, really?



  27. 27

    THE WHOLE PLANET IS TURNING INTO A WHINING CRAZY HYPERVENTILATING VICTIMIZED BITCH. GET A FRIGGIN GRIP!



  28. 28

    Oh God is this stuck up bitch serious? She tries to act so intelligent and holier than though. And that powder on her face in that pic is very much out of order.



  29. 29

    She's right, they disrespect women sooo much in rap, and those stupid 'video girls' just go a long with it. They are just pissed off she said it bc shes a white woman and for some reason blacks seem to think all of us whites are racist who clutch our purses everytime we see a black male. Couldn't be further from the truth. Now if he's dressed like a gangster, maybe, if he dresses like Kanye West or at least presentable w out his pants hanging from his knees, then no.



  30. 30

    Not that I've read the book, only the publicity of it, but I loved, loved, loved the bits about how whorey her mother was. And I think it's great that she has publicly called her mother on it. Can you imagine your mother having wild sex in the next bedroom when you are just a child? Pretty disturbing, especially since Naomi makes herself out to be so special. What a hypocrite Naomi is.

    Ashley is doing a lot to bring the suffering of women, particularly in Africa, to the forefront. She's a little full of herself at times, but this is good work. If she can prevent the genital mutilation of one African girl, she's done good. Don't know about her political aspirations? We'll see. Hopefully she'll be a better politician than she is an actor/actress. Of all the shit women have to put up with, I think being called an "actress" is the least we have to quibble about.



  31. 31

    I completely agree with her, even if she wasn't specific enough, I knew what she meant and I knew WHO she meant. And it's not just about race. Eminem is probably the worst offender out of the comercial rappers when it comes to violent misogynistic lyrics. As for videos and exploitative imagery, a LOT of them, if not most, are guilty of it.
    If you have to go out of your way to find non-sexist hip hop (which definitely does exist) something is very wrong.



  32. 32

    Art has always been hyper sexual, violence against anyone disgusts me. violence starts with words………..like ho.

  33. Laura says – reply to this


    33

    she should have said, hell yea i said that.



  34. 34

    Re: LovelyCup – Hmmm..she is a retard,but she has a point. Okay. She IS right. How do you know she doesn't care about it? She has spent a great deal of time in impoverished countries with children..being gone at one point for almost a year. To imprettierthanyouare…she doesn't act intelligent..she is,holding more than one degree. Maybe both of you should read the book…or ANY book.

  35. @v@ says – reply to this


    35

    I agree with her, because anything that brings down women brings everybody and everything else right down with them. She took the time and effort to try to clarify what she was actually trying to get at, so that's good enough for me.



  36. 36

    She isn't saying anything different from many educated Blacks . . . Many of Perez's readers are probably too young to remember the fuss being made over rapp during the 1990s . . .



  37. 37

    She makes a good point. All the rap artists who make it a point to call women bitches and hoes on a regular basis need to realize that people all over the world look up to american pop culture and what is "in". The day that black people realize that they are bringing themselves down along with others then that's the day they can grow strong as a people again.



  38. 38

    any non ignorant person may consider the fact that both her Mother & sister were mollested and that she travels the world helping more unfortunate ppl then any rap artist or hip hop artist or anyone else that may have been offended. So haters can all be bold and type all the comments they want, you are making no difference by doing so. And while you are busy doing that, Ashley Judd is making a differnce in this world unlike you.



  39. 39

    that's actually what happens every time someone expresses his/her opinion. people always, always, generalize what such people say in order to get a whole chunk of society to punish that person. if you try to xpress yourself in this country you'll be punished. people can not think about what the person says, they can only use nonsense criticism with any kind of solid base in order to punish people. it's apalling. FREEDOM MY ASS!



  40. 40

    Just because people didn't understand what she meant the first time around and she has to reiterate does NOT mean that she is backtracking. She is standing by what she originally said, not trying to say she meant something else. Cheers to her. She has an opinion, but (unlike most) she knows how to use her brain and vocabulary to express it and explain why she feels the way she does. Maybe, in this country, she'd get more respect if she just said "fail" or that "that sucks."



  41. 41

    Re: just keeping it real – Wow, excellent comments. I like! I have to say I also like both rap music, and Ashley Judd. I hate to break everyone's bubble hear, but what about plain old white men calling a woman a whore instead of a ho? Sure you don't hear rap music about it, but 30 years or 20 year ago you would hear it everywhere and you still do sometimes in arguments or wherever. I mean lets face it white men are not going to getting the music rhythm any time soon, most I know can barely put two feet together for any dance. But white rednecks spout the word whore, slut, and every other slam against women and that is degrading as well. So as long as rap is condoning this Jersey Shore and all of those people will never rise above it either. But yes if the tune is catchy I will still probably listen… sorry



  42. 42

    Of course I agree, I fucking hate rap and hip-hop because they sound like drugged out lunatics anyway, but the "lyrics" these days are completely misogynistic and homophobic, and then they're all so damn surprised when someone calls them a woman-hater or a gay hater. Please, find a better way to make yourself feel like less of a waste of space.



  43. 43

    she's got nothing to apologize or backtrack for. we shouldn't be afraid to call people out on endorsing a culture of demeaning women, whether by outright rape or the more pervasive objectification and contempt that makes sexual assault possible. by naming names, we make it easy for someone to try to silence us by accusing us of racism or failure to name every single human being on earth who has ever acted out of misogyny. it is nothing but another attempt to end the conversation and make women feel guilt and shame.



  44. 44

    Re: rickraton – What about the men who prance around half naked ? Why is it ok for them ? The problem here is that society still blames women for everything. Ashley is absolutely right and good for her for naming names. Why shouldn't she ?
    She is right in everything she said.



  45. 45

    i agree with her. not to say all rap music is like that. it's mostly just the mainstream stuff. the stuff you hear when you turn on your radios. it's demeaning, degrading, misogynistic, etc. however, the rappers are not all to blame for these women allowing themselves to be treated this way. there's also the growing trend of dissing dark-skinned black women and favouring "red-bones" and such. (ahem, Lil Wayne). smh. it's so sad that these are still issues in the black community.