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(AURN) -- Many are asking, "What was he thinking?"
That, in reaction to a posting Wednesday on Russell Simmons' newly launched YouTube comedy channel, that featured a parody of Harriet Tubman conspiring to do a sex tape with her white slave master. The actress portraying the famed abolitionist does so, so her 'massa' will allow her to operate the Underground Railroad.
The video sparked outrage as it went viral. When the NAACP protested, Simmons removed the video from the site and issued on his Global Grind website:
"In the whole history of Def Comedy Jam, I’ve never taken down a controversial comedian. When my buddies from the NAACP called and asked me to take down the Harriet Tubman video from the All Def Digital YouTube channel and apologize, I agreed.
I’m a very liberal person with thick skin. 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."
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