Black women (nay, all of humanity) finally have the champion we need during #thesetryingtimes. Russell Simmons has just levitated down from a cloud in a seated lotus position and alighted upon his Instagram feed with words of wisdom and encouragement. Never has his voice been more welcomed, needed or essential to the #metoo movement. Out with the days of #notme, in with the days of #metoobutjustnotme
There’s an old Public Enemy song called Burn Hollywood Burn that comes to mind whenever I think about all of the sexual misconduct allegations taking place right now. Bill Cosby is currently on trial. Harvey Weinstein has a Soul Train line full of accusers ready to throw that ass in the clink. And Def Jam founder Russell Simmons has also been accused by quite a few women for the same crime. Now one of his accusers, filmmaker Jennifer Jarosik, has decided to drop her lawsuit against him.
The Ex-Countess and possible future ex-con Luann De Lesseps is spending whatever free time she has left giving interviews and relating tales from her super chic life. Here are two free pieces of advice I gleaned from Luann in a recent interview with The Daily Beast: Dusty pink jeans are perfect for spring and don’t get into an elevator with Russell Simmons.
According to TMZ, Russell Simmons’ latest in a growing line of accusers comes not only with an awful allegation against him, but with a $5 million lawsuit. A 37-year-old woman named Jennifer Jarosik claims she met 60-year-old Russell Simmons in 2006 and they bonded over meditation, yoga, and being vegan (he was still been married to Kimora Lee at that time). Jennifer was also working on a documentary at the time, which Russell allegedly offered to co-produce and finance. Ten years later, Russell allegedly invited Jennifer to his house. Once there, it became very clear Russell’s motives weren’t to compare mediation mantras or fry up some tempeh bacon.
For a man who supposedly loves yoga and meditation, you would think Russell Simmons might move a little slower and be a little more mindful when it comes to making decisions. But back in December, Russell thought it was a great idea to defend himself against multiple sexual assault allegations by creating a campaign called #NotMe.
Uncle Rush might have stayed a little too true to his nickname and rushed to post that, because he’s having second thoughts now.
In one of the mostly spectacularly tone deaf moves I’ve seen in #thesetryingtimes, Russell Simmons has started his own #movement on Instagram in an effort to express his innocence and defend himself against multiple allegations of sexual assault. Are you ready for the dawn of #NotMe?