Yesterday, the two biggest stories from Tinsel Town were the continued excitement over Keanu Reeves' new girlfriend (and her resemblance to Helen Mirren) and the bizarre comments made by rapper T.I. after he admitted taking his daughter to a doctor to see if her hymen was still intact.
The revelation was made during on the Ladies Like Us podcast and sparked outrage on social media, with people in absolute disbelief that even in 2019 a man could still falsely equate the hymen with virginity, or try to police what his daughter, who is over the age of consent, does with her body in such an invasive manner.
Now, multiple celebrities have taken to social media to slam T.I. for what he is doing to his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris.
Chrissy Teigen tweeted, "Def did not think we would be talking about hymens today. or TI."
Meanwhile, Iggy Azalea reportedly wrote in a now-deleted tweet: "Really I wish the women who interviewed him would have said something to him. He has serious control issues with women in all aspects of his life & needs therapy."
Padma Lakshmi, the host of Top Chef, wrote: "The double standard of the patriarchy is truly insane. Young women are fully capable of making their own informed decisions about their bodies and their sexuality."
Madeline Brewer, star of The Handmaid's Tale, wrote: "This makes me feel physically ill. It’s abhorrent. This isn’t behavior to laugh at or joke about. The level of toxicity and malice and control he’s exerting on his own daughter's life and bodily autonomy and privacy. I’m sick."
As if the original revelation wasn't bad enough, T.I. explained that during the doctor's visits, he made his daughter agree to share her confidential medical information with him:
"So we'll go and sit down and the doctor will come and talk and the doctor’s maintaining a high level of professionalism. He's like, 'You know sir, I have to, in order to share information'—I’m like, 'Deyjah they want you to sign this so we can share information. Is there anything you wouldn't want me to know? See doc? No problem.'
"And so then they come and say, 'Well I just want you to know that there are other ways besides sex that the hymen can be broken like bike riding, athletics, horseback riding and just other forms of athletic physical activity.' So I say, 'Look doc, she don't ride no horses, she don't ride no bike, she don't play no sports. Just check the hymen please and give me back my results expeditiously.'"
Perhaps T.I. should consult Planned Parenthood's website to learn more about how the hymen actually functions, or, y'know, let his daughter have the freedom to choose what she does and doesn't do with her body.