Russell Simmons Calls Tubman Sex-Tape Critics ‘Do-Nothing Negroes’
On The Arsenio Hall Show this week (it’s back?!), Hall invited Russell “TMFRH” Simmons on to the show to discuss his feelings about the “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” controversy.
Simmons not only undermined his own
weak-ass apology, but completely dismissed any other criticism. I had no idea that one apology was supposed to simply erase the pain of dismissing a violently oppressive chapter of American history that continues to reverberate to this day. Guess I must be one of those “do-nothing Negroes”; at least I’m in good company:
Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania:
Slavery is the most profound mistake this country has ever made—’the great and foul stain upon the North America Union,’ as John Quincy Adams said. We need to learn how to move past the awkwardness and talk with each other about it respectfully before we can laugh about it or relive the experience.
That Russell Simmons apology isn’t really satisfying once you read the fine print. It’s kinda like the Rush Card of apologies.
— jay smooth (@jsmooth995) August 15, 2013
Tina Martin Wyatt, artist, great, great, great grandniece of Harriet Tubman:
Your parody of Aunt Harriet is not unlike parodies of African Americans by racist individuals in this country and others abroad, . . . What is worse is this parody is done by one from our own culture. … You have allowed yourself to become a tool for those who have sought to destroy us; you have played your role well. … I question the sincerity of your apology, . . .This parody and lie is a child’s first introduction to Harriet Ross Tubman, Moses of her people.
Judith G. Bryant, great, great grandniece of Harriet Tubman:
The travesty wrought by your disgusting portrayal of one of America’s most beloved heroines is simply inexplicable. Unforgivable. And you thought this was funny? No excuses possible. Your insolent apologies are embarrassing. For all your millions, you are worth zero to me. Please, don’t use any of them in connection with her name ever again. . . . This is about Russell Simmons taking a name in vain to attract attention to your own commercial enterprise. Another form of rape, actually. You give mankind a bad name. Get off the stage and take your dumb def jam with you!