T.I. has finally broken his silence, after he controversially claimed to accompany his daughter to the gynecologist to "check her hymen".
The trouble began when the rapper (real name: Clifford Joseph Harris Jr) appeared on the Ladies Like Us podcast, to discuss how he'd educated his daughter Deyjah on sex issues.
Now, speaking to actress Jada Pinkett-Smith on her Facebook podcast Red Table Talk, T.I. defended his comments by stating that they were taken out of context.Listen to T.I.'s interview with Jada Pinkett-Smith on Red Table Talk here:
He claimed: "First of all, I came to clear up any misconceptions there have been surrounding how we parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate. I think all of this comes from a conversation I was having in a very joking manner when asked how I deal with parenting in this day and age."
He continued: "From a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate and I think a lot of people took it extremely [literally]. Because if you put any of my reputation, who I am as a father, who I’ve been, I honestly thought people knew me better than that."
He added: "In the age and the time, our women, black women, are the most unprotected, unattended, disregarded women of the planet. I’m being criticized because I’m willing to go above and beyond to protect mine and I’m talking about all the little slimy, grimy, chubby-fingers little boys who want to just come and defile and destroy the sanctity that I have."
In the original interview, T.I. told hosts Nazanin and Nadia: "I think that most kids in hindsight, looking back, they always thank their parents for not allowing them to damage themselves as much as they could have."
Listen to T.I. discuss his daughter's virginity in his Ladies Like Us appearance:
He continued: "Deyjah’s 18. [She's] just graduated high school now and she’s attending her first year of college, figuring it out for herself. And yes, not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen."
"This is what we do. Right after [her 16th] 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.'"Listen to an expert gynecologist discuss T.I.'s comments:
T.I. then jokingly described a conversation with a doctor, where the gynecologist allegedly stated: "'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.'"
T.I claimed to reply: "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' [sic]."
In October of 2018, the World Health Organization condemned the practice of checking women's hymens to determine their sexual status, claiming: "The examination has no scientific merit or clinical indication - the appearance of a hymen is not a reliable indication of intercourse and there is no known examination that can prove a history of vaginal intercourse."
WHO added: "Furthermore, the practice is a violation of the victim’s human rights and is associated with both immediate and long-term consequences that are detrimental to her physical, psychological and social well-being."