Russell Simmons is of course apologizing after coming under fire for a film that appeared on his new All Def Digital YouTube channel. The “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” shows the actress portraying the famous abolitionist Harriet Tubman having sex with her “Massa” ( slave owner) in order to bribe him to have her run the Underground Railroad. The video has since been taken down, but it was downloaded my millions and now going viral. I was shocked by this video and also confused. What was the purpose of the film? What did he try to depict? Yall tell me?
Russell Simmons’ (@UncleRush) apology for the Harriet Tubman Sextape video.
In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I’ve never taken down a controversial comedian. When my buddies from the NAACP called and asked me to take down the Harriet Tubman video from the All Def Digital YouTube channel and apologize, I agreed.
I’m a very liberal person with thick skin and it’s hard to offend me. My first impression of the Harriet Tubman piece was that it was about what one of actors said in the video, that 162 years later, there’s still tremendous injustice. And Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master, I thought it was politically correct. Silly me. I guess I’m older now and instead of fighting for one piece of content, I can understand why so many people are upset. I have taken down the video. Lastly, I would never condone violence against women in any form, and for all of those I offended, I am sincerely sorry.
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