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Russell Simmons On Harriet Tubman Sex Tape Backlash: "They Tried To Turn Me Into Paula Dean"

(AllHipHop News) Russell Simmons was entangled in a big controversy recently when the Hip Hop mogul’s All Def Digital YouTube channel posted a video titled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape.” The backlash over the clip was immediate and even garnered a response from Tubman family members.

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Simmons appeared on The Arsenio Hall Show to talk about the decision to remove the video that depicted the iconic historical figure having sex with her slave master.

“I’ve done lots of comedy in lots of bad taste,” said Simmons. “This particular piece, when I understood how hurt people were I pulled it down immediately. I’ve never pulled down a piece of content.”

Simmons adds that he has faced negative responses over material showcased on his previous productions like Def Comedy Jam and Def Poetry, but this was the first time in 30 years that he did not support the artist.

The Def Jam co-founder also complains that even after taking down the video some individuals do not want to let the issue go. He told Arsenio, “a lot of these do nothing Negros, they were very angry and kept talking” and “they tried to turn me into Paula Deen” referring to the former Food Network star that lost her show and numerous endorsements after admitting she had used the “n-word” in the past.

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Watch Russell Simmons’ interview from The Arsenio Hall Show in the video below.

  • Casor_G

    Yeah it’s always a lot of folks hating from the sideline that have never done anything to help out there fellow man.

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  • johnblacksad

    don’t start none won’t be none*

    *one of my fav. sayings

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  • Brooklyn Stoop

    so we got russ saying do nothing negros and bill cosby saying no-gros
    wow the boule really is drawing the line on where they stand aint they.
    and let me also add this………
    anyone found it funny how quick “they” ran the kardashians (and the others) pre paid card for its riddiculous fees but rush card have never been attack?
    looks like he making LOTS of money off them “do nothing” negros he ah chat bout



    • johnblacksad

      not to mention all the Phat Farm these ‘do nothing negros’ (still can’t believe Russ would use that term… actin like he still on that sherm) bought at one point

      I’m sure glad I’ve never owned not one thing Phat Farm. Not knockin anybody who did… I just never phucked with it

  • johnblacksad

    Russell still not getting the point huh… smh

  • Crabs in a barrel, the black cultures worst trait.

    • Brooklyn Stoop

      the barrel is not the natural environment for the crab

      • Chris

        *daps the homey up*

  • Chris

    If a white person were to make a Harriet Tubman, or Malcolm X, or MLK, Jr. “sex tape”, there would be hell to pay. SMH @ Russell for acting like he’s above getting that work from the community. Just be a man and admit that you f*cked up and made a bad decision. SMH.

    • Mazy

      You people always use the whole “white people are the real victims” card every single time such an issue arises. The truth is that white people are the most racist out of all other races. Particularly Western people.

      • Chris

        I never said white people were victims. Where in my post did I mention my pity for white people? In the article, Russell Simmons himself compares his situation to Paula Dean’s. If Paula Dean or any other white person had made some sh*t like this, heads would have rolled. What makes Russell Simmons think he can disrespect Harriet Tubman or any other Black pioneer in that fashion? I’m glad the Black community checked him on that.

  • Realist4200

    Paula Deen had it worse than Russ. She said she used “the n-word” 20 years ago and people acted like she admitted to bein with the taliban. One of the more ridiculous things i’ve heard this year.

    • Dubz

      Do you really think all she did was say the “N” word? This chick was having slave theme parties.

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