If Only Russell Simmons Cared About The Suffering Of Sexual Assault Victims As Much As He Cared About Animals

September 19, 2018  |  

NEW YORK, NY – JULY 17: Entrepreneur Russell Simmons enters the ‘AOL Build’ taping at the AOL Studios on July 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)

I know y’all don’t come to MadameNoire for objectivity. And certainly not any of my pieces. So I’m just going to tell you what it is straight up, right now. I believe the numerous sexual assault and rape allegations that have been lodged against Russell Simmons. His response to the allegations, saying he’s open to learn, stepping down from his company and then trying to create the hashtag #NotMe were odd.

But more than that, the women and their stories were credible. And there were far too many to ignore. To refresh your memory, there were allegations from author Sil Lai Abrams, Jenny Lumet, 17-year-old model Keri Claussen Khaligh and several more.

So given all of this, I could not have rolled my eyes any harder when I saw this post from Simmons’ Instagram page.

I don’t have strong feelings about whether or not people should wear fur. While I can agree that the practices in obtaining this fur are often egregiously violent and inhumane, I find this type of outrage a bit hypocritical from people who still eat meat and wear leather shoes, or test drugs on animals. There are a variety of ways in which we use and even kill animals for our benefit. But that’s not the central issue here.

What irritated me the most about Simmons’ post was the caption.

“…the suffering of animals is tantamount to the suffering of all sentiment beings.”

Honestly, the first thing that came to my mind was n*gga please. Again, I’m operating under the assumption that he’s guilty of what women have accused him, so the thought that he wants to prioritize, uplift and use his platform to discuss treatment and suffering of animals above people is utterly ridiculous.

I know there are people who still support Russell Simmons, who don’t believe he did anything wrong. But even if he is innocent, his interaction of Terry Crews, who dealt with his own bout with sexual assault at the hands of Adam Venit, proves he doesn’t really give a damn about people.

If you’ll recall, Crews, who has been very open and transparent about this assault, also shared what Simmons said to him during this whole ordeal.

In an email to Crews, Simmons wrote:

“Did he ever apologize. Give the agent a pass. ask that he be reinstated.

With great love, all things are possible.”

So Simmons wants men who sexual assault other men by grabbing their balls to get a pass but took time out to warn us about the suffering of animals.

It’s hypocritical and honestly, as someone who has been accused of these types of heinous human rights violations, he should probably keep his mouth shut when it comes to warning folks about inflicting suffering on living beings.

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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