Names and faces
Posted: August 17, 2013 at 6:19 a.m.
Russell Simmons apologized Thursday for a parody video of Harriet Tubman in a sex tape that appeared on his All Def Digital YouTube channel. The clip features an actress portraying Tubman having sex with her white slave master as someone films it so the abolitionist can bribe her boss. The video was posted Wednesday. The 55-yearold Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, wrote Thursday that he “can now understand why so many people are upset.” He said he removed the video after a call from the NAACP. Simmons added that he doesn’t condone violence against women and that he’s “sincerely sorry” to those offended by the clip.
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