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Russell Simmons Explains Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, Disses Spike Lee (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Russell Simmons understands that he has probably pissed people off in the past. He also understands his upcoming content from his All Def Digital will piss people off in the future. He is fine with both, but in his interview with Cynthia LuCiette of BRKDWN, the legendary media mogul explained what made him remove the controversial “Harriet Tubman Sextape”.

According to Simmons, the NAACP informed him of the droves of Black women that were angered by his skit and

The NAACP called me and I said, ‘Oh s–t, really, really, really?’ The NAACP has called me before and has been mad at me and I work with them regularly, so I don’t always listen to everything they say. When they explained to me this, and when other people that I really respect explained to me…it was my brain that made the decision to pull it. Not outrage. There’s outrage in almost everything I do.

Simmons also took time out to address one of the most vocal detractors of the video, Spike Lee. After viewing the controversial skit, Lee took to his personal Twitter account to bash it:

Simmons felt the energy Lee spent on his digital diatribe of the skit could have been spent on better things, such as making “a decent movie:

It’s what he does. It’s okay. Listen, I have five charities. Maybe he can work for the Foundation For Ethnic Understanding, or he can work for the Diamond Empowerment Fund and build schools in Africa, or maybe he can work for the Hip Hop Summit Action Network and campaign against the drug lords, or maybe he can sleep in the park with me and Occupy one day. Or maybe he can use his energy and make a decent movie. But he had a lot of energy that he put into this. Too much energy.

Check out the full interview below:

  • Dadon850

    Russell Simmons smokes entirely too much weed. When you’re stoned, this kind of stuff makes sense. He should’ve know nothing good would come from a skit titled “Harriet Tubman Sextape”. Smh

    • ItGoesDownINtheDM

      straight troll style of marketing … russell gotta remember hes a grassroots authentic type of guy …. ouchea leaning on gimmicks and bahfoonery … reality tv got everybody on it to the point even guys like russel can see BAD TASTE PROMO and think its a great idea lol

      • *Last sentence was tragically accurate.

    • RapItUp

      I wish I could sample some of what Russell get delivered from the clinic.. ufck a loud pack, Russell get that jet engine.. literally and figuratively..

      • ItGoesDownINtheDM


  • ItGoesDownINtheDM

    we dont hate our ancestors we just love the oppurtunity to make $$$$ even more lol

    • STPizzle


  • 30millionrappers

    russell is a bisexual faggot. he also sells the rush card which is a rip off he only pushes that to black people.

  • brotha_man

    RIP- Black Moses. Russ degraded himself

    • Yeah, then tried to semi justify it & diss spike for checking him on it.

      Between the Rush card & this, he’s just another one of them.

      >>Not fuggin with Russ, Def jam or Fat Farm again & no Baby Fat for wifey.
      He had a good run…but it’s over now….unless he flips the script.

      • brotha_man

        I co-sign that. russ, lost one.

        Its funny how money change a situation/
        mis-communication lead to complication/……

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  • STPizzle

    The Harriet Tubman Sextape did exactly what it was supposed to do: Put Russell Simmons back in the limelight. People tend to forget that when it comes to the entertainment industry, Russell Simmons is still a “Nigga” just like these rap kats…therefore, he might have to do some “Nigga” shit to stay relevant

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  • J.Erick

    Russell cool, but he been a sellout. This is nothing new so idk y people are even “Outraged”. Look at the interest rates on that Rush bullshyt, that alone told real ni99as what is was with russell. Nevermind the other coonish behavior he’s displayed over the years.

    • Celz

      Hey my nig cop a Phat Farm pre paid debit card and get ya girl a Baby Phat one.. He’s empowering our community or some shyt…

      • J.Erick


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  • brotha_man

    only one comedian could make this skit funny and that is dave chappelle

    • word

    • Matt Swan

      Man I don’t think Dave would’ve touched this one

  • Prestrev

    I lost any respect I ever had for this guy. Seems as if he’s using naïveté as to dismiss his doing what he did. Russell c’mon son! You know better than that. You are a mogul, thus knowing better and more effective ways to get your or any product or business venture into the view of the public with demeaning our people.

  • hitmhard313

    Russ need his ass wooped

  • Charity^Luv

    of these African American Holly Wood community is sell outs been brainwashed by
    the western culture. They become weak minded Black people, we go through enough
    just being black in America we make things bad for ourselves why. This is why
    other races don’t respect us they look at us like we don’t respect our culture
    or history. I heard him mention somebody told him are you going to let them I’m
    guessing the African American women in the community, I guess punk him. I wonder
    who told him that let me guess I bet some of his ignorant Black celebrity
    friends who are a bunch of sellouts as well. Just like Malcolm X said the most
    DISRESPECTED person in America is the Black Woman….. If he was here living
    today to see this BS Man Brother Malcolm you was right and this was said many years ago.
    I’m done I been done, now that I’m become more conscious
    and learn more of my history on my own because the school system don’t teach
    the full truth. If this was an agenda to stay relevant this was a bad one
    because he lost my support The ill Wayne’s an Russell Simmons of the world I’m

    • siddiq ja’far

      Well written, whats crazy is him saying he deal with the NAACP. That was founded by Jewish people & have nothing to do with empowering black people outside intregration.

  • johnblacksad

    Musta been high!

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