Rapper T.I. triggered liberal outrage when he proudly declared that he verifies his teenage daughter’s virginity every year on her birthday.
On an episode of the “Ladies Like Us” podcast released Tuesday, T.I., a father of six, was asked whether he’d had the “sex talk” with his oldest daughter, Deyjah Harris.
“Not only have we had the conversation. We have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen,” he said. “Yes, I go with her.”
T.I. told hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Mohamthat that the annual trips began after his daughter’s 16th birthday party and continued even after she started college this year.
“This is what we do,” he said. “Right after the birthday we celebrate. Usually like the day after the party she’s enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: “Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.”
The rapper said that he demands the doctor confirm that his daughter’s hymen is intact even though, as an adult, she now has to sign a consent form. He dismissed the idea that her hymen could be broken by something other than sex.
“So I say, ‘Look, doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports,” he recounted. “‘Man, just check the hymen please and give me back my results expeditiously.'”
“I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact,” he concluded.
Feminists side with the daughter’s hymen over T.I.
T.I., 39, whose real name is Clifford Joseph Harris Jr., has been widely cheered on the left for his vocal opposition to President Donald Trump. But liberals quickly turned on him over his approach to parenting.
Both “T.I.” and “She’s 18” trended Wednesday on Twitter.
Without directly addressing the rapper, Planned Parenthood posted a series of tweets claiming that virginity is a “social construct irrelevant to the hymen.”
“A virgin is someone who’s never had sex. But ‘sex’ means different things to different people, so ‘virginity’ does too,” said the nonprofit, which is the nation’s leading abortion provider. “Many don’t care what it means or think it matters. Whatever you believe, the fact is you can’t tell if someone’s had sex by checking their hymen.”
A virgin is someone who’s never had sex. But “sex” means different things to different people, so “virginity” does too. Many don't care what it means or think it matters. Whatever you believe, the fact is you can’t tell if someone’s had sex by checking their hymen.
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) November 6, 2019
Other critics were more direct.
While also calling virginity a “social construct, feminist writer Maria Del Russo slammed T.I.’s remarks as sexist and “f—ing disgusting.”
5. This is fucking disgusting.
6. Does he check his male children's genitals to see if they're still virgins?
7. The gynecologist should NOT be disclosing this information under doctor/patient confidentiality.
8. Did I mention this is fucking disgusting?
— Maria Del Russo (@maria_delrusso) November 6, 2019
Anti-racism activist Ijeoma Oluo accused T.I. of abusing his daughter and said that the doctor should lose his medical license for allowing it.
Hi. It's extremely abusive to police your daughter's hymen and any doctor who would participate in such an act needs to lose their license.
Thanks for coming to my "shit we shouldn't have to say in 2019" Ted Talk
— Ijeoma Oluo (@IjeomaOluo) November 6, 2019
Meanwhile, male feminist Jerome Trammel deemed the rapper’s behavior “toxic, creepy & possessive.”
DISGUSTING: T.I. (@TIP) goes to his daughter Deyjah’s gynecologist yearly to make sure her hymen is still intact. He said the results are his. Gross!
1. It’s toxic, creepy & possessive.
2. His younger son admits he’s having sex & it wasn’t a problem.
3. She’s 18! Stop him now! pic.twitter.com/D6ILR6Bhiv
— Jerome Trammel (@MrJeromeTrammel) November 6, 2019
T.I. and black wokeness
The controversy came as Democrats have been debating the wokeness of African-Americans in the context of the 2020 presidential election.
On Monday, Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democratic candidate, rejected the idea that African-American “homophobia” is hurting the presidential campaign of her fellow Democrat Pete Buttgieg, the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana.
“I’m never going to buy into that trope,” she said on CNN.
“I’m never going to buy into that trope.” Sen. Kamala Harris responds to Rep. Jim Clyburn's comment that Pete Buttigieg's sexual orientation may be an issue for some older African American voters. pic.twitter.com/cqJ98clpiV
— CNN (@CNN) November 5, 2019
T.I. has been accused of sexism before. In an October 2015 interview, he said he couldn’t vote for then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton because she’s a woman.
“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen,” he said.
“And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to [get] the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”
Following internet backlash, T.I. apologized on Twitter.