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     Russell Simmons issues apology for controversial parody

August 16, 2013
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Controversial video has been taken down

  The lastest comedy effort by Russell Simmons via his All Def Digital YouTube channel entitled ‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’ has been taken down due to its offensive nature and negative portrayal of Harriet Tubman.   The video depicted Tubman, the iconic freedom fighter secretly recording her sexual relations with her “Massa” in an attempt to blackmail him.   The video has since prompted a petition and caused many critics to demand an apology from Simmons and the removal of the clip, Simmons responded: "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."   ~Russell Simmons  

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