Now more than ever it has become important to draw a line in the stand based on morality. As a result, Tidal decided to pull an episode of the Drink Champs podcast that featured Russell Simmons.
On Tuesday's episode, hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN tapped several guests to talk about Black Lives Matter and the current state of the country. This included Marc Lamont Hill, Mysonne, Bun B, Talib Kweli, and Russell Simmons. Although the intentions seemed to be in the right place, it was clear the podcast's producers weren't reading the room as the public has made it known that accused rapists like Simmons shouldn't be given a platform to speak about societal improvement.
Sil Lai Abrams—who says she was raped by Simmons in 1994—called out Jay-Z and Tidal for allowing Simmons to speak about these issues.
"What in the entire hell are JAY-Z and TIDAL doing by giving Russell Simmons a platform to discuss #BlackLivesMatter," the journalist said in a quote tweet containing a deleted Tidal post promoting the episode. Abrams went on to claim powerful Black men in music media are conspiring to undermine the accusations against Simmons. She cited this interview and Simmons' appearance on the Breakfast Club as proof.
What in the entire hell are Jay Z and @TIDAL doing by giving Russell Simmons a platform to discuss #BlackLivesMatter? Why do people continue to give him a pass? @marclamonthill did you ask him about the multiple rape allegations against him??? https://t.co/oDI7fQtJHW— Sil Lai “Scrappy” Abrams (@Sil_Lai) June 23, 2020