Yeah. That was same thing I said.
Apparently, Def Jam Records founder and Def Comedy Jam creator Russell Simmons recently launched a YouTube channel called All Def Digital – ADD for short (how apropos), and the first order of business – it would seem – was to create a Harriet Tubman parody video that depicts “The Woman Called Moses” NOT AS A FREEDOM FIGHTER WHO RISKED HER LIFE NUMEROUS TIMES IN ORDER TO HELP EMANCIPATE HER PEOPLE, but instead as a WHORE who traded sexual favors with “Massa” in order to blackmail him into “allowing” her to build the Underground Railroad.
I tried to find the offensive video online, because a part of me was – believe it or not – actually shocked that these “Negro Crackers” could possibly sink any lower than when Jay-Z called Harry Belafonte a “boy” for having the AUDACITY to CHECK him AND his wife on their selfishness, greed, and irresponsibility.
By the time I made it to YouTube, the video had already been taken down.
However, not before some of Black Twitter had seen it, and were able to share the way in which Simmons and his crew debased one of African America’s GREATEST heroes.
This Tweet pretty much gives you the gist of the so-called comedy skit:
“All these years I’ve been actin’ like I didn’t love our special time together but tonight that’s all gonna be different” #HarrietTubmanRapeTape
This apparently is what actress Shanna Malcolm, in “character” as Harriet Tubman, said to her white male slave owner, before they started having rape-sex.
Maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t see the skit. I already feel like I need a shower and a rape kit just thinking about it.
Black Twitter quickly took ADD and Simmons to task for their disrespect.
Here’s a sampling of the responses:
“RT @Vivaciously_Val: you have to be on some serious black women hate to demean an icon like Harriet Tubman like this #HarrietTubmanRapeTape”
“I’m scared to go back to sleep [to be honest]. When you wake up to a #HarrietTubmanRapeTape I’m not sure sleep is a priority anymore at this point.”
“Damn @shannamalcolm, a #HarrietTubmanRapeTape? That’s what’s hot in the streets? How much they pay u to publicly demean our ancestor?”
“Oh u thought uncle rush was conscious [because] he rocked a hoodie for Trayvon & blasted Don Lemon? How’s that working for u? #HarrietTubmanSexTape”
“I wonder if we expect too much from a dude who peddles unsecured credit cards to poor folks. Then again @unclerush #HarrietTubmanSexTape”
But here is probably one of the best tweets in the bunch, courtesy of screenwriter @Eric_Haywood:
“The #HarrietTubmanSexTape fauxpology kinda has an ‘I pulled the video cause y’all just don’t understand good comedy!’ vibe to it, @unclerush.”
His Statement of Regret is barely two paragraphs, and rings about as hollow as the effort he put into writing it:
“…When my buddies from the NAACP called and asked me to take down the Harriet Tubman video from the All Def Digital YouTube channel, I agreed…”
Here’s what I just love about this fake-ass apology:
(1) Even when admitting his (non) mea culpa, Simmons still can’t resist his urge to hype his brand and name-drop, and;
(2) That he “invokes the Spirit” of the NAACP, as if doing so somehow mitigates the damage he’s done.
Here’s the rest of his “fauxpology”. Check it out.
It warms the cockles, doesn’t it?
Isn’t it interesting that this is the same person who publicly took issue with Don Lemon’s “Overseer’s Rant”?
Simmons had the nerve to tell Lemon: “Conservatives love when we blame ourselves for the conditions that have destroyed the fabric of the black community”, yet he signed off on a comedy skit that does nothing other than perpetuate the stereotype of the hyper-sexualized Black female who uses sex to get what she wants?
Yet if you tried to tell your average Negro about the damage done to our people by Simmons, and our other “skin folk” with attitudes just like HIS, you get labeled a “Hater”.
What’s NOT to hate about this?
I am relieved to see I am not alone in my disgust and revulsion, though.
Responses to a post written by Your Black World editor Yvette Carnell further prove the point that while the “good people” over at All Def Digital thought “Harriet Tubman: Whore” would be funny (because they all found it HILARIOUS), everybody ain’t laughin’:
“Only a coon or Negropean would think this ish is funny…”
“Russell Simmons makes Uncle Ruckus look like Denmark Vesey.” (Vesey was an emancipated slave executed for his role in planning a slave rebellion to free other slaves.)
“If I had Anne Frank on here giving BJ’s to Nazis for porridge, I’d be wrong as hell. It’s not cool or funny.”
And I’ll leave you with this quote from Miss “Moses”, herself:
“I freed a thousand slaves [.] I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.”
If ONLY they KNEW.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Though the video was pulled from the ADD site, it is still online. You may view it, here (H/T to our friends at The Advise Show).
WARNING: This video may be inappropriate for younger viewers.