Russell Simmons: ‘Could Be Illegal to Make Hate Film’ That Causes ‘Alarm’?

September 18, 2012 - 12:03 PM

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Russell Simmons tweet: 'It would be illegal to yell fire in movie theater and it could be illegal to make hate film which was obviously designed to cause alarm?' Sept. 15, 2012.

(CNSnews.com) - Hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, a staunch supporter of President Barack Obama, tweeted that “it could be illegal to make [a] hate film” that causes alarm but did not say what constitutes a “hate film” and who makes that decision.

CNSNews.com sent a question to Simmons by Twitter asking him to clarify his Sept. 15 comment but the hip-hop magnate did not respond.

“It would be illegal to yell fire in movie theater and it could be illegal to make hate film which was obviously designed to cause alarm?" Simmons tweeted on Saturday.

Russell Simmons is a highly successful, multi-millionaire businessman who has achieved his status largely through freedom of expression in the hip-hop music world.  Simmons co-founded the hip-hop label, Def Jam Recordings.  Among the label’s current artists is Nas, who President Obama has listed among the musicians playing on his iPod.

One song by Nas is “Breathe,” whose chorus repeats, “In America you'll never be free; Middle fingers up; F--- the police; Damn, can't a n---- just breathe?”

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Quest Love tweet: '... i was thinkin WE should not makin propaganda films that would endanger our country ....' Sept. 15, 2012.

Also on Def Jam is the rap group “The Roots,” whose drummer Quest Love tweeted over the weekend about a video-movie critical of Islam that the Obama administration claims is responsible for political unrest in the Middle East and led to the killing of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans there.

Quest Love tweeted on Sept. 15, “i was thinkin WE should not makin propaganda films that would endanger our country,” with a link to an article about the filmmaker being taken in for questioning by U.S. authorities in California.