T.I.'s daughter breaks her silence after father's comments about checking her virginity
Recently, the internet was horrified to learn that T.I. takes his daughter to the gynecologist every year to ensure her hymen is still intact.
Well, 18-year-old Deyjah Harris has since taken to Twitter to share her thoughts on the backlash her father received - and it's not looking good for the Whatever You Like rapper.
In case you haven't already heard, the controversy arose when T.I. told Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham - the hosts of the 'Life Hacks' episode of the Ladies Like Us podcast - that he and Deyjah took "yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen".
"Yes, I go with her… I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact," he admitted.
He then acknowledges that a female's hymen can be broken outside of sexual activity, but argued against such a possibility by saying:
"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.’"
Naturally, T.I.'s outdated remarks were met with a fierce backlash, with many Twitter users referring to his behavior as "controlling" and "possessive" - claims that Deyjah has appeared to back up.
In fact, following the countless messages of support that the young woman received on Twitter, she told her followers: "i loveeeeeee yalllllll," and then liked three tweets criticising her father for his actions.
Back in 2018, virginity tests such as these were condemned by three United Nations agencies: the World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Human Rights, and UN Women.
A statement read: "This medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end … WHO states that there is no evidence that either method can prove whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse or not."