When Russell Simmons posted a video on his All Def Digital YouTube channel called “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape,” it didn’t cause many people to laugh. The supposedly edgy comedy video shows an actress dressed as Harriet Tubman having sex with her “Massa” so she can run the Underground Railroad. The video got a whole lot of people riled up, to the point that Simmons realized the sketch wasn’t as “politically correct” as he originally thought and took it down.
“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,” Simmons writes in an apology on Global Grind.
He continues, “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.”