Somehow, somewhere, someone thought filming a skit about Harriet Tubman making a sex tape was a good idea.
And apparently, so did Russell Simmons. But he’s since apologized.
The completely unfunny and disrespectful video was posted to Simmons’ All Def Digital (ADD) channel, and was created by its comedy series ADD History.
In All Def Digital’s web series, ADD History: Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, YouTube comedians DeStorm Power, Shanna Malcolm, and Jason Horton offer their “outlandish and irreverent” take on “the off-record account of how Harriet Tubman blackmailed her master into letting her run the Underground Railroad!”
During the “reenactment,” Tubman seduces her master, telling him, “All these years I’ve been acting like I didn’t enjoy our special time together.” The pair then engages in a sex act that culminates with Harriet’s master confessing his love for her, while she brushes him off, saying, “Look n*gga, I don’t give a damn about who you love.”
In a statement Russell Simmons explained his initial rationale for posting the video, and apologized for the error in judgement.
“In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I’ve never taken down a controversial comedian,” he wrote. “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.”
Simmons had tweeted about the video on Wednesday, noting that it was the “funniest thing I’ve ever seen.”
If you’re curious – and can stomach it – watch the controversial skit below:
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