André Leon Talley Says Russell Simmons Shouldn’t Have Been Front Row At NYFW After His Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

September 13, 2013  |  

Around this time last month, Russell Simmons was catching hell for his new YouTube channel “All Def Digital” and the decision they made to put out the “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape.” The clip tried to imply as a joke that Harriet Tubman had sex with her master and taped it in order to blackmail him so that she could be able to start the Underground Railroad. That didn’t go over well whatsoever, and in the end, Russell Simmons apologized for the channel’s decision to post the video, though he claimed that he initially thought the video was funny…

As the man who once brought the world Phat Farm (and in turn, Baby Phat), Simmons can often be seen at New York Fashion Week shows rubbing elbows with other famous folks, and he was at a few shows this past week. But since he’s done that Harriet Tubman skit, some people weren’t too happy to see him at NYFW this time around, including André Leon Talley, the former editor-at-large for Vogue. In fact, he felt that Simmons should have been banned because of the poor taste of that Harriet Tubman clip. Here’s what he told TheGrio:

“I think anyone that is a person of achievement on the front row that has achieved a great deal be they black or white is a good thing.

I don’t think Russell Simmons should be seated on anybody’s front row this week after having done that disgusting Harriet Tubman sex tape. He is a man of great achievement. He is a great philanthropist….why would he think it would be an honorable thing to do? He said he thought it was funny. That is not funny it is outrageously disrespectful to the legacy and history of Harriet Tubman and to the struggle.”

I think we can all agree that it was in poor taste, but should he not be allowed to sit front row with all the other big things Simmons has done philanthropically? Let us know what you think.


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