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Let the clean-up begin!

Russell Simmons conducted his first interview since “Harriet Tubman: Sex Tape” was released on his newly-launched All Def Digital YouTube channel.

The deplorable video made light of the brutal rape of women slaves by white masters, and dishonored one of the most courageous and extraordinary freedom fighters in African-American history.

Russell claims the historical significance of his rape comedy was lost on him, and that the backlash from black women “broke his heart.”

An excerpt:

“It implies the previous rapes…I’ve always had controversy, but this is different, because there’s a line…when I got called that Black women were disturbed about it, it broke my heart. I have other content that’s going to piss off everybody again tomorrow…but it likely won’t break my heart.

People around me are like, ‘Does that mean that you’re going to let people push you around,’ no, this is about Black women and they can push me around a little quicker than the entire world, and they didn’t push me around, they educated me on how hurtful it was, because I never considered rape.”

See the video below:



Do you find this apology more convincing than the last? Or is it too little, too late?

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  • Iforgotitall

    Right. Smh. Just how stupid are we supposed to be? This goes far beyond Russell Simmons, it’s the culture he has contributed to and grown that disrespects BW. C’mon, how many other grown up fools took part in this? How many folks did it take to create that clip? Probably a dozen…of all those folks , grown black men and the crazy black chick trying to get a check, Nobody, I mean nobody said to Russell Simmons. I think we need to question this? As I said before, you couldn’t get FIVE Jewish guys in a room to make a Anne Frank sex tape. Some one would speak up. But in the BC we just fall in line for the okie-doke. And like an earlier poster pointed out, Mr. Simmons said ‘it had to be pointed out to him” that this was offensive. WTF!!! Would I have to explain to him why a Malcolm X sex tape would be inappropriate? It shows you for all those years that BW complained about the hatred and misogyny in the music he produced and he just laughed his way to the bank. Well, he’s still laughing.

    • You are so right, Jewish men would not degrade Anne Frank to get laughs or make money off the Holocaust….

      That video Russell did is sad and disgusted on all levels. He disrespected not only a legacy but himself in the process.

  • Annoyed

    He’s an idiot more worried about the status of his manhood than being a man. Someone please make him go away.

  • The Other Jess

    ‘”This week, in a similar speech delivered at the National Press Club, Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge suggested that not much has changed since 1974.

    “One day we’re too Black, the next day we’re not Black enough. One day we’re too aggressive, the next day we’re too passive,” she said. “One day we’re too successful, which of course makes us too single, and the next day we’re too poor and promiscuous. The list goes on and on.”

    It is a narrative, Fudge added, that African-American women have fought against for decades, but as Chisholm once said, “You don’t make progress by standing on the sidelines, whimpering and complaining. You make progress by implementing ideas.”

    Speaking up and using their voices, Fudge implored, is not just an imperative — it also works.

    ‘The times when Black women have been successful in confronting and overcoming the structural and institutional sexism and racism that persists in our society have been when we are thoughtful and strategic about speaking up. It’s when we’ve done what it takes to introduce and implement our ideas and our plans to make things better,’ she said.

    Staying silent or on the sidelines is not a luxury African-American women have ever been able to afford.”

    – Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge

  • nononsense57

    I will say this time and time again: Russell Simmons is an enemy to Black women. You cannot tell me that his wealth has him so removed from Black women that we had to educate him on how insulting that video was.

    I’m from NYC, too, and even though our education system leaves a lot to be desired, I’m 100% sure he learned at least the basics of who Harriet Tubman was and how important she was in his ancestors’ emancipation. He may be wealthy now and only hang with mostly uppity white folks but he still has BLACK FEMALE RELATIVES. Did he even consider them and how he would feel if they were raped? I swear, if his mother is alive, I hope she gives his toxic azz a tongue-lashing.

    • Amen! And, he has DAUGHTERS!! Why would he even GO there? Did he not see that as poor taste all around? He’s a grown man, over 50, he should have known better. I’m all for comedy and I’m certainly not a prude. But this was just so wrong… damn. They’ll never learn…

    • I agree. You would not see another race of men belittle/degrade their women…

      It was in bad taste. Now Russell is back-peddling like crazy. I think he meant to do what he did and he just showed Black women, his female relatives and his mom
      how he truly feels about Black women.

  • Eljada

    About the comment, no one respects black women.
    I think we as black women, let negative images and idea`s influence us to much.
    Black women need to see, that they hold the key, to the resolution.
    And that key is absolutely, EDUCATION!
    There are so many women, raising their children alone.
    We shouldn`t become part of the problem, but part of the resolution.
    We can`t change how some males precieve us, but we can educate our children.
    Because, RS and many others are good examples, of what happens if you don`t create awarness, not racism against people but awarness.
    I have respect for every culture, but I respect my culture too.
    Thats why I talk to my children, my boys, my girls. I listen to their opinions
    about the world, tell them about history, have disscusions
    about issues like the portrait of black women for example.
    They know, I will love them always, and they can come home with whom`ever they want.
    No matter the race.
    But I want them to show respect, for their upbringing, for their culture, for their history
    and no putting down or bashing their own women.

    • MommieDearest

      “We can`t change how some males precieve us, but we can educate our children.
      Because, RS and many others are good examples, of what happens if you don`t create awarness, not racism against people but awarness.
      I have respect for every culture, but I respect my culture too.
      Thats why I talk to my children, my boys, my girls. I listen to their opinions
      about the world, tell them about history, have disscusions
      about issues like the portrait of black women for example.”

      YES!!!! You nailed it. It’s about preparing for the future. If we are diligent, we can set the process in motion to turn this black-woman-hatred within our community around within the next generation or 2. I”m starting with my own son, nephews, nieces, cousins, friends’ children and others who cross my path.