Twitter furor erupts over Russell Simmons’ disgraceful ‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’ video

Hip hop tycoon Russell Simmons showed his true character when his new endeavor “All Def Digital” published a despicable video entitled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape,” which insulted the memory of an American hero, and enraged many on Twitter. Both “Harriet Tubman” and “Russell Simmons” were trending on Twitter Wednesday night as thousands of people discovered the disgustingly insulting video.

Russell Simmons tweeted his approval, then deleted the message late in the evening. But by then a screenshot of his tweet was already circulating:

Twitter users, including many on the Left, gasped:

Some detected a double standard:

One of the actors involved responded to her detractors:

Really? Only after seeing the final product did she see that it was insulting?

Just before midnight last night, Russell Simmons posted this 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 and it’s hard to offend me. 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 Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master, I thought it was politically correct. Silly me.  I guess I’m older now and instead of fighting for one piece of content, I can 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.

~Russell Simmons

He also tweeted this:


The response was mixed:

There was also this tweet, which Simmons had the incredible arrogance to retweet:

Finally, if you’re so inclined, you can view a repost of the offensive video here. Obviously not safe for work. Or anything else really.

Editor’s note: An offensive tweet was inadvertently included in this post. It has been removed by the managing editors.

  • DeadBuffalo Blog

    Obviously this proves that BUSHLIMBAUGHROMNEY are racists. If Russ wanted attention, he shouldda just wore an Obama mask.

    • V the K

      He should have just made jokes about raping Sarah Palin’s daughters; HBO would give him a show right after Bill Maher’s and Capital One would sign him up as a spokesman.

      • TugboatPhil

        He could have been guest host on Letterman for those jokes.

      • Miketrt


      • Damien Johnson

        I’m guessing somebody really did make jokes about raping Sarah Palin’s daughters.

        • ReubenHood

          I believe it was David Letterman. It involved statutory rape, which Whoopi would tell you is not “Rape-Rape.”

          • Damien Johnson

            Wow, that’s awful. my mom watches Letterman almost every night.

          • tedlv

            Man Rule. I won’t comment about your mom.

    • ARBlair

      The hypocrisy and double standard in this country is annoying. A rodeo clown puts on a mask of a President who is absolutely a clown but who happens to be black and he is all but lynched(give them time) and the world of rodeo has to go through sensitivity training now…please. I guess it is okay to say horrible things about white Presidents. President Obama is a laughing stock throughout the world community except to those who are buying him off to ruin this great country of ours. As soon as he is done with us we will be looking at the world of socialism/communism and if people think they are being oppressed now just wait until that world kicks us in the head. bese esto adios!

      • tedlv

        Meanwhile, did you see all the horrible things that threatened Republican presidents? These things carried signs with death threats, printed badges with a gun to Bush’s head. No threat there, Move along.

    • tedlv

      I appreciate your sarcasm.

  • tinker_thinker

    No morals or he would have known better.

    • Batman

      And no class. Can’t buy either.

  • radjahshelduck

    When you make a list of the bravest people ever, remember to put Harriet Tubman on it. There she was in relative safety in the North, and historians figure she made at least 13 trips into the South to lead slaves to freedom. She did this even though she knew if she was ever caught she’d be killed.

    • grais

      Yeah, just like Russell Simmons. /sarc/
      These people are disgraceful.

    • MB

      Even living in the north there was no safety. She could have been kidnapped and sold into slavery, easily.

      • ICOYAR

        Which is why she freed the slaves by leading them to Canada.

    • ObamaFail

      Tubman risked everything for other people. And that last tweeter is dumb enough to believe that a selfish, elitist douche like Russell Simmons deserves to be put in the same league as her.

  • Apostic

    “I’m a very liberal person with thick skin and it’s hard to offend me.” – Simmons,
    I’m guessing there are no rodeo clowns in the video.

    • ARBlair

      No rodeo clowns or older southern white women using the “n” word.

    • Slugglife

      Hes full of sht. Hes a walking grievance.

    • trixiewoobeans

      Sorry, there are NO liberal persons with thick skin, except certain horny, mysogynistic Liberal Democrat politicians. NOTHING fazes those guys.

  • Bruce Musto

    Comparing UncleRUSH to Harriet Tubman? Why? Does he constantly risk his life for his fellow man? Or just exploit them for a profit? Big difference.

    • YourNameHere

      Yeah, that was a stupid tweet.

    • Slugglife

      Just exploits them for a profit.

  • Jake Wilde

    Ah….no it is ok to demean a true hero of African-Americans as long as you are pushing a left agenda and pointing out the hypocrisy of “white privilege.” Don’t you dare pull out an O mask or discuss Trayvon if you are Caucasian though. — Russell Simmons is a straight up racist. I am a white man that used to be married to a black woman. I know what REAL racism is. You can’t oppress a black man today like I was oppressed when I lived deep in the ghetto. It makes me angry how white people are lost on the true situation or cower from it entirely.

  • tjack

    Maybe he should be forced to take sensitivity training classes with the other rodeo clowns, along with the entire cast and crew that made the video. A lifetime ban from performing at all state fairs as well.

    • Worship Dancer

      how about just a lifetime ban on performing no matter where?

  • Guest

    I would join Twitter but I figure it would be too exhausting to be offended all the time.

  • The Penguin

    I’ll have a large popcorn…extra butter please.

  • David R. Cheasman

    People are waaaaaaaaay too sensitive these days. The only thing I see in the video is three actors who found work in front of the camera. Not for nothing, I’ve never heard a single black person I know or work with who has ever uttered Harriet Tubman’s name.

    • grais

      Unless they get a ‘day off’ in her honor, most never Will utter her name.

      • StopThisMadness

        You couldn’t be more correct about the day off statement. One day my husband and I were dropping off tree trimmings at the local landfill in AZ. It was closed because of Cesar Chavez’s birthday. (Yes, that’s an actual holiday in AZ). There was a Mexican girl standing at the gate to inform people it was closed. When I asked her why, she said it was HUGO Chavez’s birthday. I said, “don’t you mean Cesar Chavez” and she looked at me and actually said “no, it’s Hugo. I think I’d know that, don’t you?”

        • RLEE

          Well my state can beat your state any day! a court in New Mexico is now letting people sit on jury that don’t speak English hell AZ wont even except our drivers licenses!!!!!!

        • Worship Dancer

          which makes it more odd since HUGO chavez was the dictator for venezuela. why would HE have a holiday in America?

          • Slugglife

            Funny. Different guy.

          • Slugglife

            take the rest of the day off.

          • OldLady Norma

            With BO as potus who knows.

          • Worship Dancer

            true they were BFFs

        • Batman

          Wow. smh

        • grais


          Sometimes I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.

    • bella131

      My guess is they probably don’t even know who she is without googling it.

    • Ronald Green

      Perhaps selectively sensitive.

  • ElbethL

    I can sympathize with the actress who thought she was working on a different sort of project. The way things are filmed for…well, anything, really, it’s something’s hard to tell what the plot is, let alone the kind of emotional tone it will strike.

  • Insubordinate

    Russell Simmons spewed “Funniest thing I’ve ever seen”. And this is a “man” who whines about respect?

  • yviemarie88

    I learned about Harriet in school in the sixties, I guess in the days when we were still getting a legitimate, non-liberal agenda-driven education that focused on important things like American history and people’s place and contribution to it.

    This just exposed Russell’s true nature, you know, with the mask off. He’s just another tool.

  • Kaya Hund

    Here’s a link to the story (note that the news organization is “NEWSONE – For Black America.”) I didn’t know there was a Black America.

    • ARBlair

      If there was a news organization for White People there would be rioting and protesting in the street and it would be deemed a racist publicaton.

    • Worship Dancer

      but of course THAT isn’t racist.

  • Cajun

    The whole issue in reality is what the actress said, “to show the ‘massa’ being ‘exploited’ in ‘multiplicity’ ways”. Do you people not see what she means? To show that the WHITE man, is being taken down, with the dual concept of today, the WHITE man being taken down, by blacks, by the government, by the IRS, by every group in American with a chip on their shoulder, AND WITH A NEED FOR $$$$, the WHITE man is being vilified. Yep, another hit on whitey. They keep on coming, and coming.

    • Worship Dancer

      problem is conservatives don’t consider themselves “the massa” in fact we would love to help free today’s slaves from the welfare teat and the democrat plantation. methinks they doth protest too much to paraphrase W Shakespeare

    • autdrew4real

      And I just read it as her not knowing the difference between multiple & multiplicity

  • stuckinIL4now

    And the double standard just keeps doubling and doubling and then doubling down.

  • CombatDiver

    MLH didn’t say a word when an adult entertainment film company made a movie with a Sarah Palin look-a-like. I’m sure he is just waiting for the right time to release his anger.

  • CynicOwl

    “I’m a very liberal person with thick skin and it’s hard to offend me.”

    Holy shit! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! Now that’s comedy gold right there folks.

  • John

    Shorter Russell Simmons: Too soon?

  • SophieRo3

    ‘I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.’

    ― Harriet Tubman

    • Worship Dancer

      i have to wonder what that fine lady would think of today’s blacks?

      • grais

        She might wonder why she bothered.

        • Worship Dancer

          and MLK Jr as well.

  • capisce

    Some apologies are more equal than others?
    I’m guessing he wont be “Paula Deened” and watch his life’s work crumble around him because of his extremely bad decision.

  • bkeyser

    Today’s sacred cow for the left: imagined racism to any degree. Replaces imagined xenophobia to any degree. Which replaced imagined homophobia to any degree. Which replaced imagined misogyny to any degree. Which replaced imagined racism to any degree.

  • Fawad Haram Shafiq

    Not surprising at all. Simmons would be the first one pointing the finger at others for doing such a thing! Hypocrite.

  • grais

    “…da Harriet Tubman for our generation???!!!???”
    There is No Hope for these morons.
    stupid, stupid,stupid
    ignorant, ignorant, ignorant.

  • Eliza

    To mock a woman like this shows that @UncleRush is a racist, ignorant, hateful, ugly and a waste of human flesh. How dare he degrade this wonderful woman.

  • Eliza

    Oh, and where is the outcry from the liberal blacks on this one.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      The three a.m. phone call for Rev. Al and Rev. Jesse? Voicemail, and.. (Crickets).. Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Sua Sponte

    But at the end of the day he’ll still have hundreds of followers who won’t admit they’re being scammed and used…

  • Jeffrey Lamela

    Are they talking about “Rape Culture” or “RAP” culture? Synonymous?

  • $472942

    Please don’t fret, folks. All will forgiven in vile and disgusting Leftyland by tomorrow because somehow, SOMEWAY, this will be Bush’s or the Republican’s fault…

    • Worship Dancer

      no it’s got to be the tea party’s fault or the Christians or the patriots or the conservatives or the Constitutionalists – oh heck they’ll just blame all non-liberal white folk

  • CatHerder

    They eat their own, don’t they?

  • Right Wired

    What, did they run out of white Christians to make fun of?

  • Stephen L. Hall

    “Sorry if . . . .”

    I’m sick of fake apologies. If you have to add a condition, you are not sorry.

  • mickeyco

    And this person called criticized and mocked Don Lemon. Go figure.

  • Turd Burglestein

    He says “I’m a very liberal person with thick skin and it’s hard to offend me. ”

    That is unless you expressed a conservative opinion to him.

    • ObamaFail

      Exactly. Liberals are easily offended by anything that is said by Conservatives.

  • rivers

    Maybe the D-bag is so stupid he didn’t know who Harriet Tubman was. Unbelievable, the lack of respect for this amazing American heroine.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    NO “RUSH CARD” FOR ME, THANX! From what I know of Black History, Harriet Tubman was a brave woman in harsh times (especially for her people), helping to free them from slavery in the South. She deserves MUCH BETTER than a “Sex Tape” parody, they should make statues and monuments in her honor, along all of the Underground Railroad routes! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • ObamaFail

    Is that last tweeter serious? Russell Simmons: a selfish, entitled, whiny idiot is the Harriet Tubman of our generation? Really? That’d be like if some Belieber called Justin Bieber the Abe Lincoln of our generation. It’s insulting to Harriet Tubman for people to pretend that Russell Simmons has done anything near as good for his people as what Tubman did. All Simmons has done is put out crap and taken money. I’d expect the “Harriet Tubman of our generation” to be a selfless individual who is willing to risk everything for the good of others. Russell Simmons does not fit that bill.

  • Magnifico

    A true racist never knows when he oversteps.

  • toddm123

    Uncle Douche is a douchebag

  • The Masked Avatar

    Thank God no one wore an Obama mask in the video. The DOJ would have to investigate.

  • Bob Wynne

    But was it funny?

    • WhoMeToo


  • ObamaFail

    “Thick skin and it’s not easy to offend me.” Is Russell Simmons serious? Liberals get offended by EVERYTHING. Unless if they are the ones doing it.

    • ARBlair

      They are some of the most emotional people I have encountered. No logic just pure emotion.

    • Michelle

      I also laughed at the comment from him. Not easy to offend? He gets offended all the time. Also found his comment, “…there is still tremendous injustice” (toward black people). Would love to hear him list all the injustices he believes are taking place.

      • Worship Dancer

        and he would scream BUT BUT RACIST

  • David Johnson

    What can you expect from one of those Evil 1%ers!

  • $7610427

    “Funniest thing I’ve ever seen”…and somewhere in Missouri there’s a clown without a job. Yep…makes all the sense in the world… /sarc

  • Miketrt

    Usually the real racists are the ones calling everybody else a racist. That’s something I think we can call a truism. Not sure why Simmons would pervert the memory of Tubman in such a way. Probably just another race-hustle, trying to pis* off black people and isolate them even more in order to get their dollars and votes. Most who have made a ton of money from rap couldn’t care less about blacks, even if they are black themselves. Their mantra is that only One thing matters… MONEY. Blacks should reject The Hustle and understand slavery is long gone, 90% whites love their black brothers and sisters (and want them to do well) and most of the problems in their communities have been caused by voting for Democrats for so many years.

  • GaryTheBrave

    The Blaze or Beck’s video company should do a compilation video of historical blacks of America from the first person killed in the Revolution all the way through to George Washington Carver. Market it in black communities. Maybe include a companion video of successful blacks from the 20th century.

    If I were as wealthy as Glenn I would do something like this to PROVE that conservatives are not racist.

  • Joe Dokes

    Any further proof needed that liberals actually believe nothing they profess?

  • descolada9

    Seriously, what did you expect from someone like Russell Simmons and the people, of all colors, like him? Have respect for the people who fought for your rights?? They respond with, LOL

  • chip_seq

    Marc Lamont Hill points the finger at everything and calls it racist, but last night he spent sever minutes defending some who said Asians are a “largely Sex trafficking demographic”.

    Tweet is here and more on his timeline:

  • Tanker74

    I’m indifferent to anything Russell Simmons does. I watched the video, and now I’m even more indifferenter. :)

    • VotingForZombieReagan2016

      I guess that makes me indifferentest – I have absolutely no interest in seeing the video.

  • Booker

    A few seconds in, I couldn’t even bear it.

  • Don Lastname

    Transgressive humor always pisses people off. Relax, you’ll live longer.

  • Michell Browe

    As a senior I am outraged. To have a young (lady) appear like a common hoodrat is beyond me. What was she thinking?

  • lazypadawan

    He’s always been a big phony.

  • TomJB

    “I would never condone violence against women in any form”

    Right, I’m sure no recording slapped with a “Def Jam” label has ever denigrated women or glorified violence against a “ho”…

  • Damien Johnson

    Ok, seriously. What, WHAT rape culture?! The only culture I know of that is fine with depicting rape is Japan, and even then we have no business dictating other people’s culture!

  • Batman

    If there was ever any proof needed that he was a race baiter, that’d be it. Too bad he’s an ignorant troll and it backfired on him.

  • Damien Johnson

    @BrownNlovely ssis it best, but I have not seen the video.

  • Stephanie Warren

    Where can I find this little snot face? I’m gonna beat his butt for making fun of one of my favorite historical figures.

  • Gregor Eisenstein

    Tone Def

  • Medicinewoman2

    The mask slipped off and all his minions had a glimpse of the real person.Wah….

  • $16906279

    Russell Simmons supports the anti-semetic hate group Nation of Islam and it gets a free pass and he refuses to condemn them. He insults black people and he apologizes profusely and retracts the offensive material. What a racist hypocrite.

  • $16906279

    If a white person had made this video Simmons would have been the first to go ballistic.

  • Mr_Wrestling_XIII

    Finally something both the left and the right can agree on. Go away Russ.

    Why did he even bother deleting his retarded tweet. It won’t make it go away. Screenshots bitch.

  • Albry

    It just shows that stupidity and ignorance lives in this world no matter how much money you make and in Harriet Tubman’s words, “I would have save more people if they only knew they were slaves.”

  • Slugglife

    Personally, I could care less if he insults every historical black. I like to see the idiots who will make excuses for him no matter what he does. They are the same ones who demand that heads roll as soon as they are offended.

    Congrats black people. another real winner is your hero.

  • Bexcee

    Yeah, if he was GOP he would be banned for life from the stage.

  • bella131

    Someone named Danielle Bush (above) tweeted that Simmons was “the Harriet Tubman of our generation” OMG! No wonder we’re neck deep in the sh*t we swim in daily. What a stupid idiot.

  • Macranthunter

    Just a reminder: the first amendment DOES NOT protect POPULAR speech. It protects, angry, ugly offensive, inflammatory speech. Popular speech is always protected. Those who have the courage to say the worst words and offend the most people need the protection of a free society. I find the video above disgusting on many, many levels – yet I will fight and die (actually, corporeally, literally die) to defend its right to exist.

  • tedlv

    So, however she did what she accomplished, is Harriet a female “Uncle Tom”. Read Harriet (coincidence) Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”, and tell me why black people use “Uncle Tom” as an insult. The man was a hero to his people! Illiteracy rules, I guess. BTW, that was a challenge.

  • John Andrews

    Would Mr. Simmons now be guilty of a Black on Black crime???

  • Dutra

    The LEFT never fails to disappoint.

  • Jeremy

    Russell Simmons has always been a POS so,this is just further proof of it.

  • BeeKaaay

    Leftwingwackos are 100% pro-rape, when leftwingwackos do it. To them, it is just another sexual orientation.

    Bloodthirsty – more proof of their bloodthirst.

  • skhpcola

    The 98% of blacks that voted for Ozero because of the color of his skin are still on a plantation…but there are many more “massas” and they work for the D-irty political party. These perpetually outraged illiterates will be back to worshipping the degrading hip-hop culture that Russell Simmons promotes. Who are the real racists?

  • plaingolf

    This is a man that has made millions by depicting black men as material obsessed little boys. Why is anybody surprised at his childishness?

  • plaingolf

    This is a man that has made millions by depicting black men as material obsessed little boys. Why is anybody surprised at his childishness?

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