So….Ms. Judd wrote a book about her life and I guess her opinions on popular culture. While I haven’t read her book (not interested), what caught the MadMan’s attention was her explanation of her comment.
Here is the paragraph that has caused the uproar (she was talking about her experience with a program to raise AIDS awareness):
“Along with other performers, YouthAIDS was supported by rap and hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message…um, who? Those names were a red flag. As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music — with it’s rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’ — is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”
Ooooooo! Drop a bomb on THAT! She told ’em why she was mad son. Once the fire-storm started, she called on her boy Blood Diamond Russ (Russell Simmons) to clarify what she meant before it was blown out of proportion..here is what she said:
“…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 that are misogynistic and treat girls and women in a hyper-sexualized way are inappropriate. The male dominance that is displayed, and the reinforcement of girls’ and women value and identify as primarily sexual, is not helpful in any artistic expression, in any cultural form, whether its country music or in television story lines….I so regret that my indictment of rape culture as a whole has been with that paragraph interpreted as me blaming rap and hip hop exclusively. That was absolutely not my intention, and I so regret it has had that effect on some people. That community is incredibly important to me and to the cause of social justice. It is filled with bad ass and brave activists whom I admire, who work under duress fighting epic discrimination. As for the artists themselves who I mention, I write about being friendly with and enjoying Curtis Jackson’s company, then being confused when on stage his .50 personae comes out.”
Ashley didn’t need to explain herself at all. We all know what she means and she is right. Respectable Black women who love hip-hop have been saying the same thing for DECADES, but I guess now it’ll get some attention cause Ashely Judd is bothered by it.