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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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The Judds Speak About Ashley's Memoir

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It's no secret that the Judd family has had their share of tragedy.

And now mother/daughter country duo, Naomi and Wynonna Judd are speaking about daughter/sister Ashley Judd's new memoir, All That Is Bitter & Sweet, that detailed a painful childhood filled with loneliness, neglect, and molestation.

Mother Naomi says:

"I think it's key for us to spend time figuring our own reality. Every unhappiness is tied to a story, and we have to go back and figure out our stories. And then it's our stories that connect us."

And the veil has been lifted," adds Wynonna. "Secrets keep you sick and families will heal once you get real."

We're so happy that Ashley's memoir didn't tear her family apart. It's reassuring to see Wynonna and Naomi support their sister and daughter.

We will always love the Judds for their openness and honesty.

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