Ashley Judd Slams HipHop Culture To Drum Up Sales For Her Book

Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Ya Heard?!?!

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Published on April 11, 2011 with 4 Comments">4 Comments

Or would that be a horribly broad generalization, Miss Judd?

Something she seems pretty familar with, given her recent comments regarding HipHop culture. According to Radar Online she objects to Snoop and Diddy’s involvement in an AIDS awareness campaign in her autobiography.

YouthAIDS created hip public service announcements for TV and radio using popular local and international celebrities and athletes and was participating in the MTV World AIDS Day ‘Staying Alive’ concerts.

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

*Sigh*

What is this, 1992? We’re still having this discussion? Yes, there is misogyny in rap, we’re not denying that, and we’ve talked about the negative aspects of it’s overtly masculine tendencies on this very site multiple times but ridiculous blanket statements like those that Ashley Judd made are not only false but counterproductive as well. I’m personally getting sick and tired of defending rap again and again to people who clearly have no interest in or knowledge of the culture. You could rattle off an insanely long list of songs directly opposing Judd’s comments but she makes it pretty clear her mind is made up already, she’s not seriously going to listen ‘Keep Ya Head Up‘, ‘The Light‘, ‘You Must Love Me‘ or any of the countless examples of rap songs singing praise to strong women anyway.

Besides being oblivious to rap’s diversity, what culture worth it’s salt only emphasizes positivity anyway? There is light and dark in the world and such is the case in any artform as well. Making music from a dark place itsn’t the same thing as excusing the behaviour you describe in it, 2Pac was a prime example of that in recording several contradictory but still honest songs. Which is not to say a rapper can do no wrong, and we shouldn’t be able to discuss these things, but bashing people into a corner with general accusations doesn’t contribute anything at all.

And here I go, on the defense anyway and preaching to the choir. 9th Wonder and Questlove pitched in on Twitter as well on being labeled as part of this “rape culture“, succintly describing how a lot of people probably reacted to her craziness. What also stuck out as weird to me is her belief that Diddy and Snoop shouldn’t be allowed to devote their time and efforts to an anti-AIDS campaign because of their background in “rape culture“. Why not? Shouldn’t such a campaign maximize it’s effectiveness, isn’t that what counts? If a politician you generally disagree with votes for a proposal that you do agree with that doesn’t devalue it’s effect, does it? On the contrary, I think.

So, in short, Ashley Judd spewed some dumb ish drumming up controversy. For someone so averse to rap she sure seems to take a page from the Curtis Jackson playbook of promotion. It’s either that or she really is as ignorant as her comments imply. But what do you expect from someone who comes from a family of country artists? As far as I’m concerned, most country & western artists are conservative nationalist rednecks providing the contemporary soundtrack for hateful politics anyway.

Or would that be a horribly broad generalization, miss Judd?

J.Monkey

1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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  • B. Bardot

    Jaap, in the book, she also talked about her family and her upbringing and threw them under the bus as well.
    This woman will do ANYTHING to drum up publicity and drive up sales for her book.

  • B. Bardot

    Jaap, in the book, she also talked about her family and her upbringing and threw them under the bus as well.
    This woman will do ANYTHING to drum up publicity and drive up sales for her book.

  • Guest

    By her same logic it could be argued that southern culture does nothing but breed abuse and incest as evidenced by her own relationships

  • Amrok81

    You gotta love these open minded people, who clearly take the time to study and research such matters just to have a soundly argumented opinion… (Thank you for your contribution to the ongoing demise of our society and culture in general, Ashley Judd. We are for ever in your debt!) But seriously, who the hell care what she thinks? Maybe other washed up actors/actresses just like her, fiending for some spotlight..