Russell Simmons’ New YouTube Channel Releases “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape,” And Folks (Like The NAACP) Aren’t Happy About It…
As quick as the controversial video went up, it has already been taken down. Why? Because it was that big of a hot mess.
There’s not much I can say to make anything about a clip called Harriet Tubman Sex Tape make sense, because it doesn’t, but here’s the back story of it all.
According to Shadow and Act, mogul Russell Simmons and Awesomeness TV CEO Brian Robbins teamed up to create a collaborative YouTube network called All Def Digital, and amongst its offerings are a lot of comedy skits, including a series called B-Rock. The series is supposed to be a comical spin on President Obama and his alter ego (his own sort of Sasha Fierce I guess), and all the funny adventures that go on in the White House. As Shadow and Act pointed out, All Def Digital is definitely going with the outrageous, because not only are they basing a series on the POTUS, but just recently they released Harriet Tubman Sex Tape, which as you were probably thinking, speaks for itself.
The clip is supposed to be an “off-record account of how Harriet Tubman blackmailed her master into letting her run the Underground Railroad.” And it’s supposed to be light and funny. Problem is, it’s not. Starring DeStorm Power, Shanna Malcolm and Jason Horton, Malcolm, who is supposed to be Tubman, has one of her slave friends tape a sexual escapade with her master to blackmail him into helping her get the Underground Railroad going. There’s an actual sex scene (that’s more raunchy and silly than sensual) where he’s on top, and then she’s on top. All in all, it ends with Tubman sitting on a bed smoking, telling her master that she has something on him that could ruin him if he doesn’t allow her to start the Underground Railroad.
While some are offended by the short, a few saying they’ll never support anything Simmons does again, others are hopping mad, including the NAACP. They reached out to Simmons already to share their disappointment in the video, and Simmons decided to remove the video. He posted this response about his decision on his website, Global Grind:
More than anything, I think I was just bothered by how not funny it was as a whole. And at more than three minutes!? Dave Chappelle could maybe get away with something like this, but this particular offering just came off ten times worse because of the cringe-worthy moments and a lack of good jokes. Plus, I personally think certain things just don’t need to be joked about, especially when you’re talking about putting “Harriet Tubman” and “sex tape” in the same sentence. I would tell you to check out the video and let me know what you think, but since it’s still not clear if it has been taken down or not, you might not be able to in a few hours. But if you can’t view the video posted below, just know that you didn’t miss anything worth seeing. I’m pretty sure we can all agree that this was a terrible idea…