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Ashley Judd explains controversial hip hop comments to Tavis Smiley

Actress Ashley Judd appears on the "Today" show

Actress Ashley Judd appears on the "Today" show to talk about her new book "All That Is Bitter And Sweet" in Manhattan. (April 5, 2011) Credit: AP

Ashley Judd released her personal memoir, “All That Is Bitter And Sweet,” earlier this month and it contained intimate details about issues she faced while growing up including sexual abuse and family drug addiction. You would think this would be the most shocking information the actress revealed in her book, on the contrary, her comments about hip hop sparked an uproar.

Judd is a YouthAIDS global ambassador. While talking about the many events sponsored by the organization, the actress wrote these comments about 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 its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as ‘ho’s’ — is the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny,” Judd wrote in her book.

Since these statements have come out, Judd has been under fire from the hip hop community for speaking ill of a culture they hold very dear to their hearts.

Check out the video below of the star explaining to Tavis Smiley that she was only speaking about one aspect of hip hop music and not the culture in general.

Do you agree with Judd’s statements?


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