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Harriet Tubman ‘Sex Tape’ Removed, Russell Simmons Apologizes [NSFW]

Bet you never thought the words “Harriet Tubman sex tape” would cross your news feed, huh?

We first heard about the Harriet Tubman sex tape brouhaha on Twitter where it was quickly apparent this was not a late night hashtag joke.

Apparently, Harriet Tubman — enshrined in history for having saved countless slaves and smuggled them to freedom — was the subject of a comedy clip on All Def Digital’s YouTube Channel. We’ve embedded the very offensive clip above, which NewsOne explains in part.

As the site notes, the “joke” in the video is that Harriet Tubman managed to free so many slaves by enticing their masters. Sexually:

“After the enslave Black man hides in the closet, the slave master enters the bedroom and Harriet beds him. To make the insult even worse, the video visualizes Harriet Tubman engaging in very aggressive sex with the White slave master. After their tryst, Tubman blackmails the slave master by saying she has ‘leverage.’ The slave hiding in the closet peeks through the closet door with a video camera in hand that supposedly captures their entire sexual romp.”

NewsOne also notes that using Harriet Tubman in such a manner is not only offensive to her memory, but also horrific in the context of the manner in which female slaves were repeatedly and continually raped, abused, and impregnated by their masters before slavery was abolished.

Russell Simmons has since ordered the Harriet Tubman sex tape taken down, and apologized, saying in part:

“My first impression of the Harriet Tubman piece was that it was about what one of actors said in the video, that 162 years later, there’s still tremendous injustice. And with Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master? I thought it was politically correct. Silly me. I can now understand why so many people are upset. I have taken down the video. Lastly, I would never condone violence against women in any form, and for all of those I offended, I am sincerely sorry.”

Do you think the Harriet Tubman sex tape joke is simply subversive humor or just offensive?

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