What was Russell Simmons thinking?


Or was he thinking at all when he allowed his new YouTube channel to post a video that purportedly showed Harriet Tubman having sex with a white slave master and blackmailing him into letting her start the Underground Railroad?

The notion of a sex tape involving Harriet Tubman, who helped lead dozens of slaves to freedom through a series of routes and safe houses that stretched from the American South to the North, is incomprehensible. This warrior woman was an abolitionist whose name should never be associated with such trash. Now, when schoolchildren learning about her search Google they will first come across Tubman’s name and “sex tape.”

That is truly a sin and a shame.

Simmons now says he is sorry for what he saw as satire. It was no doubt designed to grab attention for the launch of his new channel, “All Def Digital.” Oh it’s “Def” alright…

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