Ashley Judd Apologizes for Calling Rap, Hip-Hop The “Soundtrack Of Misogyny”

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We’re willing to cut Ashley Judd a lot of slack, considering Judd’s memoir All That Is Bitter & Sweet paints a pretty gruesome portrait of the abuse the actress had to deal with as an adolescent. Nonetheless, it was pretty big misstep for Judd to call rap and hip-hip misogynistic; that’s like saying all country western singers are redheads named Naomi. “As far as I’m concerned,” Judd wrote in her book. “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.” Oh Ashley, we want to let this one slide completely, but how much rap and hip-hop are you listening to every year? That was written in the last decade?

Even The Roots’ ?uestlove added his two cents about the ensuing kerfuffle. “At least i got my answer as to why ash Judd didn’t give us so much as a nod on her last visit,” ?uestlove tweeted about Judd. “EVERY genre of music has elements of violence.” After her Twitter blew up with fans and detractors alike, Judd apologized on Global Grind, Russell Simmons‘ site. “I have looked closely at the feedback I have received about those two paragraphs, and absolutely see your points,” Ashley posted. “And I fully capitulate to your rightness, and again humbly offer my heartfelt amends for not having been able to see the fault in my writing, and not having anticipated it would be painful for so many.” Judd then couldn’t help but add, “My equivalent genres, as an Appalachian, an oppressed and ridiculed people, would be mountain music and bluegrass.” Everyone then quietly backed away from their keyboard, because it was just not worth getting into again.

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