Russell Simmons sorry for Harriet Tubman sex video
NEW YORK (AP) — Russell Simmons is apologizing for a parody video of U.S. abolitionist Harriet Tubman that appeared on his YouTube channel.
The clip features an actress portraying Tubman — as escaped slave who helped many others to freedom in the 1800s — having sex with her white slave master as someone films it so she can bribe her boss. The “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” was posted Wednesday.
The 55-year-old Simmons, founder of Def Jam Records, writes Thursday that he “can now understand why so many people are upset.” He said he removed the video after a call from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Simmons adds that he doesn’t condone violence against women and that he’s “sincerely sorry” to those offended.
Russell Simmons’ apology: http://tinyurl.com/mpbourt/