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Blown Out of Proportion
Posted: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 01:32am EDT
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
and Ice Cube
-- expressed strong criticism of Winfrey:
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?"
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.
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 ..."
'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.'"
"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."