Harriet Tubman Having Sex? Now That’s Comedy!

August 15th, 2013 // 21 Comments
Harriet Tubman Sex Tape
WATCH: The Harriet Tubman Sex Tape

If you’ve somehow completely missed this shitstorm, yesterday Russell Simmons launched his new All Def Digital YouTube channel with a comedy sketch featuring Harriet Tubman making a sex tape. Which on its surface sounds like a hilarious concept, but keep in mind I’m dead inside and have no sense of decorum. Surprisingly, it did not go over well and eventually Russell pulled the video but then also released a statement basically calling everyone who didn’t get it an idiot and literally tried to call the whole thing “politically correct.” Although in his defense, the people screaming “RAPE CULTURE!” were a tad overboard because there was nothing rapey about it, outside of the historical context of slave masters raping their slaves which actually sounds really bad now that I just typed that. Forget that whole sentence. Anyway, where this thing really went wrong was the part when someone went, “Haha! We’re making our culture’s most beloved historical hero act like Kim Kardashian,” and then didn’t hire an intern to shoot everyone in the face who thought that was a good idea. That would be my only criticism. And the shit-awful writing.


  1. teddy

    Ugh what is this garbage.

  2. Mel Gibson

    It’s the cultural inaccuracy that’s troubling. White men hook up with thin black girls. Black men hook up with white fatties. They should have cleaned it all up in post-production.

  3. EricLR

    So, let me get this straight. These are complaints from people who are:

    a) Apparently not aware that Russell Simmons hasn’t done anything funny in 20 years

    b) Going to YouTube expecting high-brow comedy

    c) Clicking on a video entitled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” expecting a nuanced historical documentary.

  4. Bane

    I see a wave of Aunt Jemima Syrup dildoes coming soon.

    Khloe Kartrashian will be there spokeswookie.

  5. Remember back when sketch comedy was funny?

    yeah…me neither.

  6. Echo5

    Maybe it’s because I don’t know who Harriet Tubman is that this is cracking me up
    ‘Who’s a massah NOW’

  7. Cock Dr

    I gave serious thought to clicking that video, because I think it’s important to be fully informed on the Big News of Our Times.
    But in the end, given the players involved, I concluded that I did not give a fuck.

  8. Der

    If you are going to make a joke as culturally offensive as this, at least have the balls to go all out with a Harriet Tubgirl sketch.

  9. I didn’t click to watch that shit. Russell is garbage.

  10. Bella

    Harriet Tubman wasn’t fat, she traveled across states! Like literally running across states with people following her to freedom. Plus, she escaped to freedom early on and then came back to free others, so she wasn’t getting raped by White guys a lot anyway. I don’t understand how this could be so inaccurate when it was done by a Black guy… not that it should be accurate, I guess, but still,… lol

  11. Accurate? Inaccurate? Politically correct? Or not?
    Who gives a gargantuan fuck? It’s shit!

  12. The problem with this video is that it’s not CC… ‘comically correct’…not funny… Really, Really not funny.

    • And if you Google Harriet Tubman photos, she is not a “Tubby” woman like in this video either. She is petite and thin. If you’re going to make a stupid, utterly pointless, counter-intuitive, categorically unfunny video at all, at least be somewhat accurate in the casting.

  13. Not cool. She was a brave and pioneering woman.

  14. Mr. Smith

    True fact:
    Harriet Tubman packed heat, and if the slave that left with her tried to return to his plantation before the end of the trip she would shoot the slave in order to protect herself and the others from being found out.

  15. “Massa wanna get his rocks off? Ain’t nobody got time for that!”

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