Golden Globe nominee Ashley Judd has revealed her discontent with hip-hop culture and why she feels rap stars like Diddy and Snoop Dogg degrade women in their music.
Judd unleashes her fury toward the urban culture in her newly-released memoir entitled, All That Is Bitter And Sweet.
Talking about her work in AIDS awareness, Judd makes her opinion crystal clear when it comes to the activist organization YouthAIDS choice in spokespeople for a past campaign, singling out Snoop and Diddy. “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,” she writes. (Radar Online)
She further elaborates on her negative views of hip-hop culture.
“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?” the actress reportedly says. “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,” she argues. (New York Daily News)
Within the memoir, Judd also reveals that she was a victim of child abuse.
The well-schooled actress, who holds undergraduate degrees in French, Women’s Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, revealed also in her memoir that she suffered sexual and physical abuse as a child and that she often felt lost. She shares in a new People magazine issue, “My childhood was erratic, chaotic, unstable,” she said. “I was so the lost child, who just goes away and can be invisible while sitting in the middle of the room.” (Rap Fix)
Despite the actresses’ singling out of Diddy, the rap mogul and other hip-hop artists were actively involved in a World AIDS Day campaign last fall.
Alicia Keys, along with celebs including Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake, P. Diddy, Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Khloe Kardashian, Jay Sean, Swizz Beatz, Serena Williams, The Buried Life, Elijah Wood, Janelle Monae, Kimberly Cole, David LaChapelle, Daphne Guinness and Bronson Pelletier will take a moment of silence and “end their digital lives” by signing off from all social networking platforms including Twitter and Facebook in solidarity for those in Africa and India affected by HIV/AIDS. (USA Today)