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Ashley Judd Slams Snoop Dogg, Diddy for AIDS Awareness Work

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Actress Ashley Judd is attacking notable rappers Diddy and Snoop Dogg in her new book ‘All That Is Bitter, and Sweet,’ questioning an AIDS organization’s decision to commission hip-hop artists to join in their fight against the global epidemic.

In her memoir, Judd, who has long been an advocate for AIDS awareness, slammed Diddy and Snoop, noting that their position as spokespeople for YouthAIDS is a staunch contradiction to what she feels the organization stands for.

“YouthAIDS created hip, public service announcements for TV and radio using popular local and international celebrities and athletes and was participating in the MTV World AIDS Day ‘Staying Alive’ concerts,” writes Judd. “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.

“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. 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.”

Although Diddy and Snoop have yet to respond to Judd, they can rest assured that when it comes to the book, they are not her only targets. The 42-year-old also reveals that her mother — country singer Naomi Judd — neglected her, and states that she was molested by a family member.

YouthAIDS, is non-profit organization which works to improve the conditions of citizens globally through AIDS education, using music and pop-culture to educate of 600 million people worldwide. Other celebrities that have appeared in their campaigns include Alicia Keys, Rihanna and rock duo Good Charlotte.


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