Russell Simmons just managed to piss off a whole lot of people with a video parodying abolitionist shero Harriet Tubman, with a “sex tape” video. Kinda makes Don Lemon’s scathing rebuke of him more credible. I have never found Russell Simmons, who helped to create the gangsta culture, as anymore credible as Ted Nugent on matters of race. Russell Simmons let his own daughters down with such a crass portrayal of a woman.
The video, entitled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” revisits the story of her efforts to rescue hundreds of slaves by parodying her as having used her sexuality to outsmart slaveowners and thereby obtaining their freedom. The video shows Harriet Tubman engaged in aggressive sex acts with a white plantation owner.
To put it bluntly, if anyone is screwing the black community, it’s Russell Simmons with his Rush card that charges exorbitant fees to poor black customers. The implication that the only way Harriet Tubman could achieve such major feats was to use sex as a weapon is reprehensible and insulting to all blacks.
I cannot fathom how Russell Simmons and the actors/actresses involved could possibly think this was funny. This buffoonery is an insult to the legacy of the people who fought against slavery and later Jim Crow laws in America. It’s an affront.
Russell Simmons issued an apology after removing the video due to calls from the NAACP:
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. 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 can now 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.
I guess Don Lemon got the last laugh. Russell Simmons should re-read the five things Don Lemon suggested that the black community must do to pull itself up.
DeStorm Power refuses to apologize for despicable attack on Harriet Tubman:
@TheCaesarLife The ppl, the woman and fans in my life know what I stand for. Apologizing on twitter to ppl not even following me is, dumb.
— Destorm Power (@DeStorm) August 15, 2013
Reaction on Twitter (swift and brutal, as it should be):
I am livid and disgusted. I actually feel like vomitting. Utter disrespect of Harriet Tubman's legacy, and what she fought for.
— Adrienne Gravish (@AquafarE) August 15, 2013
Heaven forbid someone make a "parody" about Trayvon's murder. Russell and Global Grind would be all on it, but Harriet Tubman?Fuck her, huh?
— LysineLeucineProline (@BrownNlovely) August 15, 2013
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) August 15, 2013
By saying that the video was the "funniest thing I've ever seen," @UncleRUSH is endorsing rape culture and disrespecting a revered elder.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) August 15, 2013
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) August 15, 2013
— Trish (D-Queen Bee) (@ExPoleDancer) August 15, 2013
Modern leftists: @BarackObama is sacred ground…but Harriet Tubman isn't.
— Krystle (@TarheelKrystle) August 15, 2013
— S.M (@redsteeze) August 15, 2013
Harriet Tubman?? Say it ain't so, @UncleRUSH
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 15, 2013
OK. Just watched the video. Uncle Russ has been making money denigrating black folks for years. No surprise.
— Jason Whitlock (@WhitlockJason) August 15, 2013
Honestly, @UncleRush is worse than Paula Deen's mess. I expect her to act out. He does not get a pass from me.
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) August 15, 2013
I really wish Nat Turner's and Harriet Tubman's ghosts would haunt @UncleRush.
— ProfB (@AntheaButler) August 15, 2013
Here’s a copy of the video from Mediaite (NSFW):