*The other day it was Questlove and the rest of the world responding to Ashley Judd’s criticism about Hip Hop. Now she’s explaining herself, justifying her words.
In a “frantic” move, she called Russell Simmons to release a statement via his Global Grind website, explaining that despite her jarring words, she really was attempting to be helpful.
“My intention was to support artists to know that they have so much power,” she said. “That they make incredible life changing impressions, particularly on the young. And we have choices everyday with our expressions, either empower and celebrate people or to re-enforce inequality and degradation.”
Her statement goes further in saying that her words were taken out of context. In a very defensive way, claims she is not condemning the whole Hip Hop community along with African Americans. Judd said her intent was to point out the oppressive side of the music.
“My intention was to take a stand to say the elements of that musical expression that are misogynistic and treat girls and women in a hyper sexualized way that are inappropriate. That is not acceptable in any artistic expression, in any cultural form, whether its country music or in television story lines. And if they read more than one paragraph in the book, they would see that all four hundred pages are about that.”
Just in case you are out of the loop, the Judd questioned the intentions of artists like Diddy and Snoop Dogg along with other industry leaders, saying their music is “rape music.”