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Russell Simmons tweets condolences for Ariel Sharon but then takes it back after remembering who he was

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Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons ran into some trouble today on Twitter when he shared his condolences on the passing of Ariel Sharon:

(Screenshot: Sehar Ezez)

(Screenshot: Sehar Ezez)

After receiving several outraged responses he quickly figured out the mistake:

And then sent out a number of explanations to his confused Twitter followers:

He still might have some answering to do:

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  1. just on January 11, 2014, 6:47 pm


    (Seriously cannot see thru my tears of laughter and chagrin)

    • annie on January 12, 2014, 12:08 am

      me too! can’t stop laughing. that last tweet from @SanaSaeed was priceless.

      • DICKERSON3870 on January 12, 2014, 5:02 pm

        MY REPLY TO THE @SanaSaeed TWEET:

        John Lewis-Dickerson ‏
        @DICKERSON3870 6m
        @SanaSaeed @UncleRUSH @Mondoweiss – Peres did try to help apartheid South Africa obtain (and/or develop) nuclear weapons. Does that count?

        John Lewis-Dickerson
        @SanaSaeed @UncleRUSH @Mondoweiss P.S. SEE – Revealed: how Israel offered to sell South Africa nuclear weapons –

  2. Ellen on January 11, 2014, 7:10 pm

    Russel Simmons, king of bling and things. Scamming his fans with the Rush card so they buy more stuff and pay Rush fees, many hidden and with most card holders loosing a good portion of pre-paid funds.

    Tried to be a spokesman for PETA to Polish his image. Publishes drippy editorials on Arianna’s web site to pretend he is a sweet a caring guy.

    And now shilling for Sharon and Peres. This guy is a real piece of work.

    • Krauss on January 12, 2014, 3:06 am

      I don’t think the Sharon tweet was a “mistake”. Simmons would never have changed it if it wasn’t for the pushback which says everything you need to know about Simmons’ humanitarian instincts. The man is a giant fraud.

  3. RudyM on January 11, 2014, 7:30 pm

    Somewhere Chuck D. is shaking his head (I hope).

  4. amigo on January 11, 2014, 7:35 pm

    I would give him a break.

    Sharon/Peres/Barak/Livni/Olmert/Yalon et al

    Easy to get confused unless you are aware they are all “Zionist Criminals”.

    • Taxi on January 11, 2014, 11:51 pm

      Yeah, amigo, easy to confuse considering “Sharon/Peres/Barak/Livni/Olmert/Yalon” all wear the same jackboot size.

    • Tuyzentfloot on January 12, 2014, 4:28 am

      Maybe there will be another tweet saying he confused Peres with Barak. And then another and another one, each time more desperate.

  5. Obsidian on January 11, 2014, 11:57 pm

    Some ‘friend’ you had, Mr. Simmons.

  6. RoHa on January 12, 2014, 1:48 am

    “Def Jam Records founder Russell Simmons”

    Never heard of Def Jam Records.
    Never heard of Russell Simmons.

    Is he of the slightest importance?

    • Taxi on January 12, 2014, 5:08 am

      “Is he of the slightest importance?”

      Only in his own lunchtime.

    • on January 12, 2014, 8:02 am

      Reverend Farrakhan has spoken on the need for black entertainers to kowtow to Zionist Jews in the business in order to maintain and promote their careers.

    • RudyM on January 12, 2014, 10:52 am

      Def Jam was maybe the major hip-hop label back in what is commonly considered its later 80s/early 90s golden era, largely thanks to Public Enemy’s inclusion on that label. This one had particular resonance for me since I lived in an on-the-edge neighborhood with heavy crack dealing back in 1989-91ish (until federal agents broke up the operation–then things went back to small time dealing):

      (I am not sold on PE’s cartoon radicalism the way I was in my 20s, but I still think some of the music was very good and genuinely experimental. They certainly showed that sampling could be artful.)

  7. NickJOCW on January 12, 2014, 3:22 am

    It could be fairly typical. I saw a vox pop interview in LA not long ago when a guy on the side walk, asked about IP, smiled sheepishly to camera that he didn’t know much about all that, something to do with someone called…Arafat is it?

  8. Daniel Rich on January 12, 2014, 3:37 am

    … and Jesus sent a tweet that he’ll start a non-prophet organization to commemorate the final demise of the blood-spattered bastard loss.

  9. Justpassingby on January 12, 2014, 4:36 am

    What a ultra-fail, like Peres ever have worked for peace!

    Shows what an ignoramus Russel Simmons is.

    • Eric on January 12, 2014, 11:05 am

      He could always respond that Peres won a Nobel Peace Prize, so he must be a man of peace. Just like Rabin. And just like Obama…

      • amigo on January 12, 2014, 4:48 pm

        “He could always respond that Peres won a Nobel Peace Prize, so he must be a man of peace. Just like Rabin. And just like Obama…”Eric

        So did Arafat.

        Was your omission intentional or were you being rhetorical ?.

      • Eric on January 13, 2014, 6:19 pm

        Ironic, mainly. Implying that neither of these three Zionists deserved the prize…

  10. stopaipac on January 12, 2014, 2:21 pm

    Russell gets these two people confused? well, i guess i can understand. I confused Russell with Richard Simmons.

  11. Accentitude on January 14, 2014, 7:19 am

    Peres certainly wasn’t any better. Imagine someone saying, “Rest in Peace my buddy, Hitler. I’ll never forget the work we did together” and then imagine the outrage that would ensue. Of course, it’s perfectly OK for people to say such things about genocidal madmen when they’re Israeli. No big deal, right?

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