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Angelina's Visit To Libyan Border Overshadowed By New Tattoo

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Unsolicited Uterus Update? Angelina Jolie has a new tattoo, so obviously she is pregnant! Or adopting. The new ink is a seventh set of geographical coordinates on her arm. She had six lines of markers there — one for each child — and now, suddenly, a seventh. Some are speculating that Angie is adopting from Haiti. [NYDN, People]
The braintrust at In Touch figured out! Angelina's tattoo is coordinates are for Oklahoma, where Brad Pitt was born. [In Touch]
More importantly: Angelina Jolie is in Tunisia, visiting with Libyan refugees. She has already caused a "mini-riot." The refugees chanted "Angelina Jolie, we want to die for you!" Angie — a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador — was forced to cancel half of her visit for security reasons; the military simply was not prepared. [X17, London Evening Standard]
While all this was going on, Brad Pitt took the kids to see Hop, and also on an Easter Egg hunt. [Us]

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Ashley Judd's memoir doesn't just deal with her personal life — she also criticizes hip-hop, "with its rape culture and insanely abusive lyrics and depictions of girls and women as 'hos.'" She calls most rap and hip-hop "the contemporary soundtrack of misogyny," and calls out Diddy and Snoop Dogg. Also! Judd writes: "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." [Radar Online, Read an excerpt from her book here.]

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More in Midweek Madness, but pregnant Mariah Carey is naked on the cover of Life & Style! [ONTD]

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Charlie Sheen's Violent Torpedo Of Mood Swings tour was in Cleveland on Tuesday night, and he "killed," as they say. He wore a Major League-esque Cleveland Indians jersey, led the audience in a chant for Denise Richards ("Fuck that bitch!) and received a standing ovation. God bless America. [TMZ]
The audience in Cleveland had to drink from plastic cups, because management at the venue was so afraid that things would turn ugly, and drinks would be thrown at Sheen. [TMZ]
Chuckles is trademarking 22 of his catchphrases, including "Duh, winning," "Tiger Blood," and "Vatican Assassin." [NYDN, Radar Online]

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AndPreciousLittleofThat
AndPreciousLittleofThat

Saying rap is misogynist is both unoriginal and overly broad. Fine if you want to single out individual rappers for their work, but to criticize an entire art form for the sins of some of its major players is, at best, shaky logic. Manet was about far more than painting naked ladies, but he sure as shit painted a LOT of naked ladies.

Which is to say nothing of the ongoing (and I believe, at times, willful) misunderstanding of the fundamental relationship between rap and hip-hop. All rap is by definition hip-hop, but all hip-hop is definitely NOT rap. Rap is only one of the four pillars of hip-hop, but you don't see anybody calling out misogyny in the way breakdance crews dance, or the way a tagger tags.

That's because hip-hop contains multitudes. I kid you not, disbelieving fellow white people. And though hip-hop is explicitly of and from black culture, highlighting the horrible lyrics in rap songs feels somewhat akin to the hysteria about heavy metal lyrics in the nineties. The tendency is to tar everybody with the statements of the worst among them.

I'm absolutely NOT saying that hip-hop doesn't have a problem with misogyny, and even worse, celebrating that misogyny. I don't know the best way to deal with it, except to highlight MCs who don't traffic in it. They are out there, I promise.

Ms. Judd has a point, but she and a lot of other people out there are dismissing an entire collection of art forms for no good reason except an inability to discern between them.