By now you’ve probably heard about Ashley Judd’s ridiculous comments in regards to Hip-Hop that she wrote in her memoir, but if you didn’t they pretty much went like this;
“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.” –Ashely Judd
Now, I’m not sure if Ashley addresses the industry she works in (Hollywood) where woman are raped, killed, mutilated by serial killers, and generally treated as sex objects. Nor do I know if she comments on the good old US of A which routinely goes around the world forcing their government and way of life on other countries (whether they want it or not). And I highly doubt she mentioned how our ancestors were stolen, brutally raped, tortured and murdered for over 400 years.
She actually tried to “clarify” her comments by saying she has a black friend, namely rapper 50 Cent, but he confuses her:
“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.”
I wonder if she’s “friendly” with the record label and Hollywood executives that continue to pedal and promote the degradation of women on a daily basis and finds their misogynist behavior confusing. Ashely also declared that her statement wasn’t a blanket indictment of Hip-Hop or the black community just certain elements:
“…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.”
Hey Ashely, those “elements” exist in American culture. That would include the entire entertainment industry, even country music and the movie industry…SMH.
As a rapper who frequently takes a stand and speaks on unpopular issues, I wanted to share a video I did which speaks on America’s violent culture especially when it comes to the treatment of women.
“Beware Young Girl” explores the disturbing trend of horrific violence and injustice towards women, including the brutal gang rape of a 15 year old girl in Richmond, California, the case of Sarah Kruzan who was sentenced to life without parole at age 16 for killing her pimp, who raped her and forced her into prostitution at age 16, and the case of Heather Ellis, a college honor student who is facing 15 years in prison for allegedly cutting the line at Walmart.