Longtime Hollywood actress Ashley Judd has released a memoir this past Tuesday (April 5) and in it the daughter of celebrated country music singer Naomi Judd and half-sister to singer Wyonna Judd blasted rap stars Snoop Dogg and Diddy.
A known global advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness, Ashley Judd spoke fondly of her work with the YouthAids campaign but offered blistering disdain for Snoop and Diddy’s inclusion in the campaign where she serves as an ambassador.
Judd’s resistance to Snoop Dogg and Diddy was rooted in the idea that the actress is a strong of opponent of hip hop and she offered some insight within her book. “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? Those names were a red flag,” she said.
Judd went on to add, “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.” Harsh words indeed.
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.”