NewsOne is reporting that Russell Simmons posted a video on his new YouTube Channel “All Def Digital” that depicted Harriet Tubman as a chick in a sex tape. Yes you read that right. But what’s even worse is, she is co-starring in it with her white slave master. We think it’s pretty safe to say that the chances that at some point Harriet Tubman could have been violated by a slave master are pretty decent, which makes this parody even more bizarre and by most accounts disrespectful. Of course Black Twitter went all the way in on Russell in a big way!
Check out some of the responses below!
And the list goes on and on. The video has been taken down and an apology has been issued but we think it’s probably too little too late for a lot of people. How can Russell apologize for something that he has already proclaimed as one of the funniest things he’s ever seen?
At what point did it become cool to make jokes about a slave that endured pure hell in order to help other slaves to freedom? When did we as African Americans lose our way to the point that we would find a parody about Harriet Tubman making a sex tape with a white slave master anything but disrespectful? We’re sure our ancestors aren’t finding the comedy in any of this. The pain and hurt left over from that time period are still very real and felt today…but we digress.
We’re not sure how much more blow back (No pun intended) there will be from this but we get the feeling this is not anywhere close to over.
Buckle up kiddies because we think this ride with Uncle Rush is about to get bumpy…really bumpy.
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