Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons’ new YouTube channel All Def Digital (ADD) may have lived up to its hype on its first day, but it also attracted controversy with its first official upload – the comedy sketch video “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape.”
It was controversial because it depicted the black abolitionist blackmailing her slave master with a sex tape, thus sowing the seeds of the Underground Railroad which helped slaves escape in droves. After much pressure from the online community and his “buddies from the NAACP,” Simmons agreed to pull the video from ADD.
In his first sit-down interview since the launch of ADD, Simmons talked to Cynthia LuCiette of KscopeNetwork’s entertainment show BRKDWN about his new YouTube channel and, of course, the controversial “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” skit.
He said about approving the Harriet Tubman video: “The vision of traditional comedy – the oppressed taking on the oppressor – that was what I saw, but it could have been executed better, but that’s what I saw without understanding the underlying thing is that although in the video she seduces the slave master, it implies the previous rapes. I just saw her take advantage of the slave master and I just let it go.”
See Simmons explain his side of the “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” controversy in the video above.
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