Yesterday Russell Simmons caused an uproar online after hosting a comedy skit on his YouTube channel called The Harriet Tubman Sex Tapes.
At first Russel thought the tape was funny as he tweeted a link to the video calling it the funniest thing he’d ever seen. However, after an intense dragging Russell was forced to take the video down and apologize.
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.