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Posted: Monday July 3, 2006
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Hip hop star, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges is urging fans not to boycott Oprah’s talk show just because he disagrees with her stance on rap music.

Ludacris criticized Winfrey in a GQ article after he felt Winfrey publically lectured and criticized him on Hip Hop matters while he was on her show to promote the Oscar winning movie ‘Crash’.

In the GQ article Ludacris states:

“Of course, it’s her show, but we were doing a show on racial discrimination, and she gave me a hard time as a rapper when I came on there as an actor.”

Since his remarks, two other hip hop heavyweights — 50 Cent and Ice Cube — expressed strong criticism of Winfrey:

“Oprah’s audience is my audience’s parents,” 50 Cent said. “So, I could care less about Oprah or her show,” “I’m actually better off having friction with her.”

And Ice Cube, from this months issue of FHM Magazine:

“I’ve been involved in three projects pitched to her, but I’ve never been asked to participate.”

“For ‘Barbershop’ she had Cedric the Entertainer and Eve on, but I wasn’t invited,” says the 36-year-old rapper, referring to his 2002 movie. “Maybe she’s got a problem with hip-hop.”

Cube added: “She’s had damn rapists, child molesters and lying authors on her show. And if I’m not a rags-to-riches story for her, who is?”


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Oprah suprisingly addressed the issue on a May 11th broadcast of Ed Lover’s Power 105.1 radio show:

“I listen to some hip-hop … I got a little ‘Fitty’ [50 Cent] on my iPod and I love [Fitty’s] ‘In Da Club,’ I love it…Jay-Z, I love Kanye [West] — Jay is one of my friends,” added Winfrey, who was promoting her ABC special, Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball

“I’m opposed to some of the music that offends my sensibilities, that’s when you’re degrading women, marginalizing women, but the beat I love,” Winfrey said.

“Years and years ago Quincy Jones and I had this conversation about the evolution of hip-hop and what it really means to our culture.

“Hip-hop is like jazz and gospel music,” Winfrey said. “It evolved from people out of a form of protest, out of a form of expression. You can’t deny that, nor would I try …”

“Ludacris was on my show, and I had this conversation with him after the ‘Crash’ show and I said, ‘You are so smart, you’re really one of the brilliant guys … a lot of people listen to your music who aren’t as smart as you are.

‘So they take that stuff literally, when you are writing it for entertainment purposes – so I think there has to be a responsibility for it , just like I have to take responsibility for what I do and say on my stage every day.’”

Meanwhile Ludacris says that the media has blown the whole Hip Hop versus Oprah thing all out of proportion:

“Oprah is a great individual. Everything she has accomplished for herself, we all look up to that.” “I disagree on one issue but that doesn’t mean you don’t like them or still have love for them.”

“We’re on a show about not judging people and I automatically got judged. She got on there and said she didn’t agree with my lyrics and I will respect her opinion or not. I defended myself on the air and when the show aired my defensive comments were taken out. All I want from her is to respect my opinion also.”

“By Oprah not having rappers on the show that says to me that we are the scum of the earth. Maybe she feels that rappers degrade women.”



Ludacris went on to say that he would welcome an opportunity to discuss rap music on Winfrey’s show: “She might try to have a show with just rappers on there to make a point. I’d do it if it was a live show because who’s to say they wouldn’t do the same thing again, where my comments get stripped.”


Friday December 1, 2006    

sometimes people are defensive about themselves because they think more highly of themselves then they ought to, they expect others to stop what they are doing to look at them. Not only that but that the right words are being said. all of us are in some kind of industry we have to be respectful of each other and also not be offened if there are inquires about each others position in that industry. But look at it as an informational conversation to let us understand each other just a little bit better.

-- LaShay Hardaway

Monday January 15, 2007    

i think luda is a great guy and been a rapper does not make u half bad.this dude made it from the street and so his opinio should be respected.

-- moses ibrahim

Monday January 29, 2007    

Yea moses i agree with you meen let the dud be lady oprah, if you got some against rap music, Go deal with we nat interested in what you got against rap music

-- kebba jawara

Thursday February 8, 2007    

I’m a fan of the both of them ,but I have to agree with Oprah . A lot of these rappers are really very smart. What they rap about is just entertainment .I think they have to careful ,about what message their sending to the youth today.

-- monica

Tuesday February 20, 2007    

nah i agree wid ludacris coz i aint even tryin 2 b rude but she caters 4 old white woman she doesnt talk about real issues out here.she needz 2 b cut off shez fakee.

-- Mya

Sunday May 20, 2007    

i don’t blame oprah for catering to tbe old white ladies or the young white ladies for that mater, after all they are the ones who made her rich, go oprah,

-- lee o.`

Wednesday July 25, 2007    

“By Oprah not having rappers on the show that says to me that we are the scum of the earth. Maybe she feels that rappers degrade women.”

Seen from the outside…that’s exactly the message rappers are sending, and that’s exactly the conclusion America is reaching—you’re scum.

You doin it to y-self.

-- Deek


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