Russell Simmons has offered an apology after a parody of abolitionist Harriet Tubman having sex with a white plantation owner drew outrage from viewers. The video was posted during the first day of his All Def Digital YouTube page, according to USA Today
Called “The Harriet Tubman Sex Tape,” the video featured an actress portraying Tubman having sex with her owner to get permission to run the Underground Railroad.
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In an apology on GlobalGrind, Simmons wrote:
“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.”
Reaction to the video garnered headlines like Mediaite’s, “Russell Simmons Pisses Off Nearly Everyone with ‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’ Video.”
Even Spike Lee had something to say on Twitter:
Simmons also Tweeted his apology:
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