Count Amanda Seales among those not surprised that Russell Simmons is part of the ongoing conversation about sexual assault and misconduct, in part because of a conversation she had with the hip-hop icon herself.
Somehow in the midst of a business meeting, the comedian/actress claims, he asked: “Ummm, have we ever [expletive]?” And when she said, “no,” Simmons shot back: “Oh right, cause I would have remembered that, right?”
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That recollection apparently compelled Seales to share on social media what she refers to as a public service announcement on “why it takes some women so long to come forward with their accusations”; starting with: “You wait because as a woman raised in a patriarchal, bros-before-[expletive], sexist, but-what-were-you-wearing society you understand power dynamics. And even when there are witnesses to any level of sexual harassment/assault, it will always be you who is questioned for incurring the offense.”
It goes on to address being “conditioned not to speak defamatory truths” about “a black man of prestige”; concluding, Big Tigger said with “you wait because you don’t even want to believe it your damn self.”