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, 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.”

Silly me? 

Well, silly us to think that a black man that attacked Don Lemon so hard for his comments about the black community would think twice for promoting and giving such bullshit the light of day.
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  • Pepper

    Simmons looks like an old black Benjamin Button.

  • Viv

    I haven’t shaken my head so much in my entire life. Really, Russell Simmons? His halfhearted “Silly me” apology only affirmed that there are times when the enemy is among us. Russell Simmons is toxic.

    From his penchant for young girls, to disrespecting one of the icons to whom he and his ancestors probably owe their emancipation, it is clear that Russell Simmons does not respect Black women, so we, as Black women, should not support his endeavors. No Rush debit card, no Phat Farm, no Rush Digital bulls**t, no nothing. I’m done with him.

  • JoAnn Gamble

    Russell’s apology isn’t from the heart or since. Said it, it was the funnest stuff he’d seen he was truthful, now on blast he’sorry. Like Paula Seen she was only sorry she got caught. Russell what is funny about rape,slavery,a women being made to endure sexual attack.