Russell Simmons Pulls Harriet Tubman ‘Sex Tape,’ Apologizes

The Wrap
August 15, 2013

Like all black men, Russell prefers white women.
Like all black men, Russell prefers white women…
...rather than Harriet Tubman types.
…rather than Harriet Tubman types.

Russell Simmons has apologized and pulled from his YouTube channel a video in which Harriet Tubman makes a sex tape with a slaveowner in order to blackmail him.

Simmons tweeted a link to the video Wednesday, calling it the “funniest thing I’ve seen.” Many on Twitter were appalled, and soon “Harriet Tubman” was a trending topic.

Within hours, Simmons said he agreed at the request of friends in the NAACP to remove the video from his All Def Digital channel, and to apologize.

“In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I’ve never taken down a controversial comedian,” he wrote on GlobalGrind. “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 with Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master? I thought it was politically correct. Silly me. I have taken down the video. Lastly, I would never condone violence against women in any form, and for all those I offended, I am extremely sorry.”

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