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by Yvette Carnell
In a capitalist society, nothing is sacred, including the reverence we hold for historical figures. At issue now is a comedy sketch posted on Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital YouTube channel, which shows a fake reenactment of SHarriet Tubman’s “off the record” s*x tape.
Here’s the YouTube description of the video:
“Harriet Tubman S*x Tape” is the off-record account of how Harriet Tubman blackmailed her master into letting her run the Underground Railroad! This outlandish and irreverent historical reenactment stars YouTube sensations DeStorm Power, Shanna Malcolm, and Jason Horton.
During the video, fake Harriet Tubman explores several s*xual position, including grinding on “massah” from behind. She pretends to like have s*x with massah just so she can blackmail him into letting her build an underground railroad. The video ends with a fictitious Tubman smoking a cigarette and telling massah who she is going to tell if she doesn’t get her way.
Of course in real life, there was nothing funny about the Underground Railroad, and “massah” didn’t let Ms. Tubman do anything. She risked her life every time she transported a slave to freedom.
Comedy is comedy, I guess. But is the Russell Simmons who allowed this video to be posted the same Russell Simmons who is going all in on CNN’s Don Lemon for his attitude toward Black America?
Russell Simmons markets himself as sort a New Age guru, but would such a person turn Harriet Tubman into a p*rn queen?
Watch the video here:
UPDATE: Russell Simmons removed the video after I published this story last night. Read more here.
Yvette Carnell is a former Capitol Hill and campaign staffer turned writer. She is currently an editor and contributor to Your Black World and Founder of BreakingBrown. You can reach Yvette via Twitter @YvetteDC or on Facebook.