Ashley Judd Calls Hip-Hop a ‘Rape Culture,’ ?uestlove responds

It’s not just Ashley Judd’s family that’s upset with her. Turns out, she’s pissed off the rap community, too.

After writing in her controversial new memoir about incidents of sex abuse and drug use, the actress goes on to discuss her work with YouthAids, an awareness campaign supported by hip-hop heavyweights Diddy and Snoop. But as far as Judd was concerned, they weren’t very good role models for the campaign, due to the, uh, “rape culture” they promote. Cue the fallout. First up, Roots mastermind ?uestlove, who just sparked a Twitter war with the Kiss the Girls star.

Let’s just say he’s taking it pretty personal.

“hmmm. at least i got my answer as to why ash Judd didn’t give us so much as a nod on her last visit. im a criminal,” writes the musician, who holds court nightly on Jimmy Fallon’s house band, linking to a story that quotes directly from Judd’s All That Is Bitter and Sweet on the topic of hip-hop.

The actress certainly didn’t hold back when it came to her thoughts on rap music.

“Along with other performers, YouthAids was supported by rap and hip-hop artists like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy to spread the message,” she writes. “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.”

She’s not finished.

“I believe that the social construction of gender, the cultural beliefs and practices that divide the sexes and institutionalize and normalize the unequal treatment of girls and women, privilege the interests of boys and men, and most nefariously, incessantly sexualize girls and women, is the root cause of poverty and suffering around the world.”

But ?uestlove wasn’t buying the argument, finding it an over-generalization.

“see. Ash’s ‘Rap is reape culture’ statement would be like me hearing this & lumping these guys together.” He attached a video of Johnny Cash singing “Cocaine Blues.”

One response to “Ashley Judd Calls Hip-Hop a ‘Rape Culture,’ ?uestlove responds”

  1. well i would have to agree somewhat with Ms. Judd’s observation…hence why my Woman and Gender in the Law final paper was written on the misogynistic culture that’s embedded in rap music.. highlighted was Tip drill… need i say more?

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