By Jueseppi B.
What the hell is wrong with Black folks?
When is it not stupid to make fun of or complain about our TRUE Black History…and not accept the caucasian history spoon fed us as children in AmeriKKKan schools?
This from theGrio:
One of the direct descendants of legendary abolitionist Harriet Tubman has launched scathing attack on Russell Simmons’ “crude and insensitive” depiction of her great great-aunt.
In an emotionally-charged interview with theGrio, Rita Daniels says, “When I looked at it [Harriet Tubman sex tape] tears streamed down my eyes. This is a woman who helped people. She was not about this.”
“She was on the run from slave masters. There was a bounty on her head. For her to get into a relationship like that would have been far-fetched,” she added.
Daniels, the great great grand-niece of Tubman, was responding to the widely condemned parody video that portrays the abolitionist, along with a fellow slave, conspiring to make a sex tape of Tubman with her master to bribe him to protect runaways.
The video was posted Wednesday. It appeared on Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital YouTube channel.
She describes the three-minute clip as an “awful video” and “nasty portrayal” of Tubman as a “whoremonger” that has “tainted her reputation.”
Daniels, who now resides in Atlanta, but was raised in Auburn, N.Y., where Tubman settled after the Civil War, says the family are “torn by the video” which is an “abomination to my great great-aunt Harriet’s legacy and does not depict her accurately.”
The clip has been widely condemned as distorting Tubman’s legacy and making a mockery of slave rape.
In response to the backlash, Simmons was quick to issued a swift apology Thursday. But Daniels says “for the people has he most hurt this is not enough.”
“If he really means that apology he needs to call me,” she adds. She also dares the hip-hop mogul to put his money where his mouth is and back an apology to the family with concrete action to elevate Tubman’s legacy.
“He has got to fix what he messed up by contacting the family, educating himself; work on educating other people and by doing something positive to fix what he broke.”
“A lot of these women were married,” says Daniels. “Whenever their slave master decided he wanted them they had no choice. It was abusive. They couldn’t say no. It was survival.”
What angers her most is that the younger generation may not know enough about Tubman and her unwavering commitment to the abolitionist cause, she says. “For those people who have viewed it they’re going to think that’s what she was about.”
It comes at a particularly “bad time”, says Daniels. This year marks the 100th anniversary Tubman’s death.
“All these things have given honor to Tubman then along comes Simmons with his negative of depiction of what she stood for.”
Thank you theGrio
Russell Simmons and the Harriet Tubman Sex Tape
Published on Aug 15, 2013
“On the first day of his “All Def Digital” YouTube page, mogul Russell Simmons managed to anger nearly everyone with a video parodying abolitionist hero Harriet Tubman with a “sex tape.”
The video, titled “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape,” revisits the story of Tubman’s efforts to rescue hundreds of slaves by parodying her as having used her sexuality to outsmart slaveowners and obtain freedom for the enslaved.”*
Russell Simmons launched the controversial “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” parody video on his YouTube channel, All Def Digital, which led to many critics demanding an apology. Simmons apologized and took down the video, but did it go way too far, even though it was just meant to be comedy? Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss the story, reviewing Simmons’ recent interview on The Young Turks.
No matter what some people say, there are some things that are off limits when it comes to comedy. As Mr. Simmons has just realized.
Lee Daniels‘ The Butler is a 2013 American historical drama film directed by Lee Daniels, written by Danny Strong, and featuring an ensemble cast. Based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen, the film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his 34-year tenure serving as a White House butler. It was the last film produced by Laura Ziskin, who died in 2011.
The film was theatrically released by The Weinstein Company on August 16, 2013.
This is not some piece of slavery, shucking & jiving Steppin Fetch It bullshit Black Exploration Film from the 70′s. This is HISTORY.
Black folks are so stupid it pains my anus. We’re OK with Black actors portraying Pimps, ‘Ho’s, Rapping drug dealers, thieves, low life ghetto scum.
But let a role come along about a Black man who worked in a job for eight Presidential terms, and we label that man a servant and that film weak and condoning slavery jobs for Blacks.
Lets cut the bullshit shall we. Not one of you Black folks complaining about this film, or The Help, or Django Unchained, could carry Mr. Eugene Allen‘s dirty socks.
These 3 films, a majority of Black folks found derogatory and disgraceful, because they missed the point. Totally. You same Black folks accepted the caucasian man’s account of history you were given daily in elementary school. That was garbage. Yet you complain and bitch and moan about historically accurate films telling a story of our real Black history such as The Butler & The Help.
And you disagree with the film Django Unchained because there was a character, Samuel L. Jackson as Stephen, that epitomized the very real house nigger of slavery times…..who lived to serve his master. News Flash: There are house niggers right now, right today, living among us.
ALL 3 of these films, The Help, Django Unchained and The Butler, show exactly what our history was and how we have evolved and what we have morphed into today.
The ONLY race of humans on this planet that refuses to unite and support it’s own people are Black people. The Black Race.
It’s down right disgusting & shameful that we as a people can’t see when things are beneficial FOR us and not harmful to US. The very same folks who criticize The Help, Django Unchained & The Butler, I’ll bet you Lyin UnFitt Mitt’s $10,000, they listen to music that degenerates, disrespects, deteriorates and helps destroy the Black community.
Wake The “Samuel L. Jackson” Up Black AmeriKKKa.
A man who stands for nothing will fall for anything…..Malcolm X
Without education, you are not going anywhere in this world…..Malcolm X
Truth is on the side of the oppressed……Malcolm X
History is a people’s memory, and without a memory, man is demoted to the lower animals…..Malcolm X
- Russell Simmons pulls controversial Harriet Tubman ‘sex tape’ from YouTube amid outrage (nydailynews.com)
- Def Jam Mogul Apologizes For ‘Harriet Tubman Sex Tape’ (losangeles.cbslocal.com)
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