Russell Simmons On Harriet Tubman Sex Tape Criticism: ‘They Tried To Turn Me Into Paula Deen’

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By: / September 20, 2013

Russell Simmons started an uproar on the Internet when he leaked a Harriet Tubman sex tape parody on Twitter in August. The hip-hop mogul stopped by Arsenio Hall’s late-night show, calling it the “worst idea of my life.” “…I’ve done lots of comedy in bad taste, lots of poetry that offended people, lots of music that people felt hurt by, but I always stood by it, but this particular piece, when I understood how hurt people were, I pulled it down,” he explained. “It was this idea that a slave took advantage of a slave master, blackmailed him and it really struck a nerve in people and hurt feelings.” Uncle Rush said the response made him feel pinned down like fallen food entrepreneur Paula Deen, who was fired from her gig at the Food Network and lost a slew of business deals following her racial slur scandal. “Certain people were outraged and they wouldn’t let it go,” he continued, noting that the NAACP had forgiven him. “It’s been very tough for me. They tried to make me into Paula Deen (laughs) but I wanna move past that.” Watch the Def Cam co-founder weigh in on controversy in hip-hop below.