Once upon a time, you might have found Russell Simmons and André Leon Talley seated across from each other front row during New York Fashion Week. But this season, Andre proclaims that Russell shouldn’t sit front row. During an interview with The Grio, Andre had some interesting words to say about the Hip-Hop mogul.
“I don’t think Russell Simmons should be seated on anybody’s front row this week after having done that disgusting Harriet Tubman sex tape,” André said. “He is a man of great achievement. He is a great philanthropist — why would he think it would be an honorable thing to do? He said he thought it was funny. That is not funny, it is outrageously disrespectful to the legacy and history of Harriet Tubman and to the struggle.”
Andre want on to say that Russell should be banned from the shows this season. WOW! Banned. Maybe! Andre seems just as upset as we are over this Harriet Tubman sex tape foolery, but Russell did apologize, kinda. I’m still questioning that. I think he wanted us all to embrace in a hearty laugh and when it backfired… well you know the rest. I digress.
Russell took to Twitter to respond to Andre:
Im really sincerely sorry @andreleontally. Fyi ive done more for blacks in fashion and gay rights then you, can i get a break/ seat ?
— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) September 13, 2013
Where were u on marriage equality @ gay pride, dont ask dont tell? Did u help change fed policy LAST WEEK on mandatory minimum sentencing