Russell Simmons found success with his raunchy Def Comedy Jam series, but he's now apologizing for some attempted humor gone awry.
The entrepreneur and one of the titans of hip-hop removed the "Harriet Tubman Sex Tape" from his All Def Digital YouTube channel after some outcry over the portrayal of the abolitionist having sex with her owner in exchange for being able to run the Underground Railroad.
Simmons released a statement saying, "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 and it's hard to offend me," he said in the statement, which was posted on his GlobalGrind website. "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 Harriet Tubman outwitting the slave master, I thought it was politically correct. Silly me."