In the early morning hours of Thursday, Harriet Tubman trended worldwide on twitter all thanks to media mogul Russell Simmons following his parody sex tape of the historic icon.
The video spoof, titled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” was uploaded to Simmons’ “All Def Digital” YouTube page but shortly taken down because of the backlash.
In a little over three minutes, the short film (seen after the jump) manages to desecrate Harriet Tubman as it parodies her efforts to successfully lead enslaved African American men and women to their freedom. It implied that Ms. Tubman was only able to help free slaves if she slept with their plantation owners. Disturbing? We know!
Since then, Simmons has issued an apology:
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.