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Russell Simmons on Sex Tape Backlash: They Tried to Paula Deen Me

russell simmonsJust when you thought Russell Simmons couldn’t dig a deeper grave for himself after his Harriet Tubman sex tape scandal, he gives a damaging interview with talk show host Arsenio Hall. Simmons, who has apologized for releasing the sex tape, is still confused over why the backlash was so severe.

“It was this idea that this slave took advantage of a slave master and blackmailed him,”  Simmons said during last week’s taping of “Arsenio Hall Show.” “And it really struck a nerve with people and hurt their feelings, so I pulled it down within a few hours of it going up, and I tried to move on. “

When Simmons is ready to move on, everyone else should as well.

“But a lot of these do-nothing negroes, they were very angry and kept talking, so it’s been very tough for me,” Simmons added. “They tried to turn me into Paula Deen.”

While admitting the video was in “poor taste,” Simmons added that many who complained didn’t take the time to watch the video.

“I mean, it wasn’t my idea. I didn’t produce it, write it … but I gave access to it and I let it play. Most people didn’t see it but complained about it,” he said.

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7 thoughts on “Russell Simmons on Sex Tape Backlash: They Tried to Paula Deen Me

  1. I watched the tape. It was tasteless. This was very disappointing for a person who has demonstrated a lot of class to various causes.. Some things should be thought about and not brought to the fore. It was crass. Hope Russell Simmons will think about things he post in the future. There's hope in the world.

  2. I watched the tape. It was tasteless. This was very disappointing for a person who has demonstrated a lot of class to various causes.. Some things should be thought about and not brought to the fore. It was crass. Hope Russell Simmons will think about things he post in the future. There's hope in the world.

  3. Umm No Mr. Simmons, we saw it. You were responsible for it. If you're sincerely apologetic then leave the excuses and further degradation out.

  4. Sharon Crosson says:

    Fortunately I have not seen the tape. Harriet Tubman in something so….so….really?

  5. The tape had about as much class as his rush card!

  6. Charlotte Agha says:

    I don't know much about Russell Simmons but has he ever put his own actual life on the line as Queen Mother Harriet did? Has he been enslaved, starved, beaten an generally treated like an animal as she and millions of others were? And yet still had the fortitude to raise up and not only free herself, but her family and countless others? After what he did the only way he can make amends in my opinion is to first learn his history, and then use his resources to educate others about this truly amazing women and all the others Black elders who paved the way for not only Black people, but all People of color in America. Why not produce a Movie about the Real Harriet?

  7. David Omigie says:

    it was a disgrace and really showed how rich nubians can is their influence to further demeanour their own people. we lack strong.leadership, why did he do it. is he just doing the bidding of the people who made him rich.

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