Early Thursday, Russell Simmons issued an apology for the Harriet Tubman “sex tape” video released by his All Def Digital YouTube channel. The disturbing and not-so-funny video received harsh criticism and rightfully so. Many people felt it was a slap in the face for all of what Harriet Tubman stands for, and made light of the issue of rape.
In his apology posted on Globalgrind.com, Simmons offered these words:
“In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I’ve never taken down a controversial comedian,” he wrote. “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.”