Ashley Judd may not be a hip-hop head, but when the actress shared her thoughts on the genre’s depictions of women, many felt that she was speaking truth.
The actress and sister of country singer Wynona Judd, is known for films such as “Kiss the Girls”, “Double Jeapordy” and “Where the Heart Is”, is considered one of Hollywood’s all-American girls. In her memoir, “All That Is Bitter and Sweet”, Judd attacked several hip-hop artists for their misogynistic lyrics. In the memoir, released last week, Judd writes:
“As far as I’m concerned, most rap and hip-hop music – with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’ – is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny.”
Judd has taken heat for her comments with many saying that she has painted the genre with a broad brush, using its worse to condemn it as a whole. In an effort to clarify her comments, Judd spoke to Russell Simmons via Global Grind. In the interview Judd 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.”
In “All That Is Bitter and Sweet”, Judd calls out Snoop Dogg and Diddy in particular saying that the rappers have built their careers on exploiting women. And while she may not be chummy with those rappers, Judd commented on her relationship with 50 Cent, saying:
“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 [Cent] personae comes out.”
While she has been put in the hot seat for her comments, Judd’s point about the difference between Curtis Jackson and 50 Cent, raise an interesting question about the split personality of hip-hop’s biggest names.
Rappers like 50 Cent, Diddy, and Snoop represent a conundrum for lovers of hip-hop. While all three stand for different segments of the genre, they have all gained notoriety for their music, which often puts down women or casts them in an unflattering light. But does their music reflect their own penchant for misogyny or is it simply all part of their stage image?
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