April 12, 2011 03:30 PM by Shayla Perry
After TONS of backlash for negative remarks made about hip-hop music in her memoir, “All That Is Bitter & Sweet,” Ashley Judd, who was featured on the season finale of NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are?, has issued an apology.
“I am deeply remorseful that anything I may have said in ‘All That Is Bitter & Sweet’ would hurt adherents of genres that represent their culture,” Ashley Judd blogged yesterday (April 11) after news spread that the actress and humanitarian referred to hip-hop music as “rape music” in her new memoir, and criticized YouthAIDS for their hypocritical relationship with rappers like Snoop Dogg and P. Diddy, whose lyrics often insight violence against women. (Judd also explains that she discussed the matter with YouthAIDS and was given a reasonable explanation for their relationship with the rappers, which is why she continues to work closely with the organization to this day.)
In the blog, Judd, who was featured on NBC’s Who Do You Think You Are? on April 8, says that the two paragraphs from her memoir, “All That Is Bitter & Sweet,” were taken out of context, but empathizes with those who took offense to her words, comparing hip-hop music to the bluegrass she grew up with; two genres that “tell the history, struggles, grief, soul, faith, and culture” of a people.
The actress also credits someone who commented on Twitter that explained to her:
“Rap is something you do….Hip-Hop is a CULTURE you live! Don’t let a few ‘bad apples” lyrical message speak for a whole culture!”
Judd then thanks people for introducing her to hip-hop artists with positive lyrics that promote the same ideals that she fights for, and suggests that “crucial words are missing” from the memoir “that could have made a giant difference.”
“It should have read: ‘Some hip-hop, and some rap, is abusive. Some of it is part of the contemporary soundtrack misogyny (which, of course, is multi-sonic). Some of it promotes the rape culture so pervasive in our world,” writes the actress.
Though there were many positive, educational comments made regarding her remarks, Judd says that there were many more violent ones, including death threats, and suggestions that the actress deserved to be “sexually humiliated, dominated, hurt and raped” — the very acts that she was identifying in her memoir.
Ashley Judd may have apologized for her words, but she doesn’t back down from her book’s overall message, writing, “Hatred of girls and women, I will oppose with spiritual and non-violent principles every day. Abuse and violence in any form, at any time, in any expression, are never okay. Period.”
Ashley Judd’s memoir, “All That Is Bitter & Sweet,” is in stores now.
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