‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’ Parody Gives New Meaning to the Word Disgraceful (VIDEO)

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harriet tubman sex tapeWith a title like "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape," you have to wonder how this video got made in the first place. If you haven't seen it, consider yourselves lucky. It was featured on media mogul Russell Simmons' YouTube channel All Def Digital (ADD). Disgusting and disturbing doesn't even begin to express the emotions this tasteless spoof evokes. It has caused a controversy the day since its release and understandably so. It appears to make light of one of the most horrific aspects of American history.

The video depicts the famous abolitionist having sex with "Massa" and videotaping it so that she can blackmail him into helping with the Underground Railroad. During the "reenactment," Tubman seduces the slave owner, telling him, "All these years I've been acting like I didn't enjoy our special time together." When Simmons first posted the video, he sent a tweet heralding it as "the funniest thing I've ever seen." Can that possibly be true? Female slaves who were raped by their white masters is not funny, no matter how you spin it.

This is one of the most disgraceful attempts at entertainment I have ever seen. I am just floored that someone as intelligent and business savvy as Simmons would think this is hilarious -- especially as a person of color. With all of the backlash he has received, he has since taken the video down and apologized, now realizing why it is so distasteful. However, he added in his defense, "With Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master, I thought it was politically correct ... silly me ... for all of those I have offended, I am sincerely sorry."

But as much as I hate the video -- and I do -- I admire the message Simmons tried quite unsuccessfully to get out there: “That 162 years later, there’s still tremendous injustice.” But there are far better ways to do that. C’mon man. You know better ... or at least you do now.

What do you think of the "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape"? Are critics overreacting?



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nonmember avatar Tara

Give it up already. Where is the outrage when videos poke fun at ins being rapedand pregnant, priest being depicted as molesters (as the norm). Where was the outrage when Sandra Bernhard told "Sarah Palin not to go in her hood because her "brothers" were going to gang rape her". How about when the Palin daughters were called whores? Or when Scott Brown's daughters were compared to prostitutes? Sorry it works both ways. Yet the stir seems to only care when poor little African Americans are attacked.

nonmember avatar Tara


wamom223 wamom223

The first woman I ever looked up to was Harriet Tubman.  We had read and excerpt of Railroad to Freedom at school and I was in awe.  Every thing this woman had done was so amazing and inspirational I read the entire book which was very hard to do.  Most of the book was in slave slang and I was only in the 7th grade and had very little people to help me decipher the difficult parts.  This woman deserves more respect especially from people that directly are benefiting from all she did.   She did way more for black people than Rosa Parks ever did and its sad that all Americans don't know this woman's amazing story.

Tara-I agree this site is biased but I do like that this pointed out that Russel Simmons was wrong.  Your comment comes off racist as you said 'poor little African Americans' there is a much better way to make your point with out coming off like a bigot.  I agree there should have been more outrage over how Palin, and Brown's daughters were treated but it doesn't mean we ignore things like this.  You seem to be so zealous in your views that you are missing the point of this blog.  Even black people can do things that are racially offensive and should be called out. 

holly... hollywood222222

Tara, you sound like such a classy lady! Try one, or all of the following: dig a hole, then bury yourself; sterilization; education. "Poor little African Americans?" Lol, bless your heart darling. You sound like you need it.

nonmember avatar Tara

Hollywood - the truth hurts does it not? There is a clear case of racial bias on this site and you obviously are ignorant and blind to the reality. Truly hate to burst your myopic world view but the "poor me" entitled, aggrieved and put upon blacks have lost a lot of support even amongst the most liberal supporters. So I say to you....dig your heels in because its time to start being accountable for the failings of the community. No more excuses and that's what frightens the black race most.

nonmember avatar Tara

@wamom223a- you are not a conservative voice. I have been subjected to many of your rather provincial comments and they fall under the category of "oh please like me" despite the fact that I vote republican. You are an apologist and sadly lacking any substantive value to the debate. Therefore I really could not care if you agree with my position or not...now move along and find your spine.


Tara you had me until you put that little nonsequential zinger "poor little African Americans".  It defeated your purpose.  If I were you, I would edit that post.  You would get a lot more support.

Speaking as one of the "Poor little African Americans", I thought that video was tasteless, classless, useless, and oh-so-stupid.  I don't even understand why they made it.  It wasn't even funny.  Thank you Wamon223...I was in awe of Harriet Tubman too.  To know that even with her handicap, she helped so many people in such an awful time period.  And they took her accomplishments and sullied it with their disrespect and stupidity.

nonmember avatar Kristi

Finally someone calls out a race other than white for being a racist. Any race can be racist and it should never be tolerated.

nonmember avatar Rebecca Montery

Whilst the wording at the end was definitely wrong Tara is right.this site is so liberal. I am a Hispanic and I thought the way it handled the Zimmerman case was such a horrendous example of race baiting. Trayvon was portrayed as a child with candy even up to the end. If you want people to take anything you say seriously at least attempt to look impartial. I counted five articles condemning the actions of whites today and 7 praising minorities. Even the teen who had a criminal history and was denied a heart transplant was made out to be a martyr. Enough is enough and I think the pendulum will start to switch in the reverse if it has not already done so.

nonmember avatar Holly anne Foge

Got to admit she has a point people. I am mixed race and there is this Rah Rah Rah Black people mentality here. Now I would not have chosen this exact story to make my voice heard if I were her but open your eyes. It's as wrong as the slamming of other ethnicities just not made an outcry as others are. But the little African American comment was over the line.

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