T.I.’s comment about checking daughter’s virginity
A few weeks ago, the King of the South, T.I., faced controversy for comments he made during an appearance on the “Ladies Like Us” podcast. The rapper revealed that he accompanies his now 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris to the gynecologist annually to “check her hymen”. The podcast has since been deleted, but the backlash still follows the Atlanta-based entertainer.
T.I., along with wife Tameka “Tiny” Harris joined Jada Pinkett during an episode of Red Table Talk to address the situation.
“I think this surrounds a conversation I was having in a very joking manner, I just began to from a place of truth-I began to embellish and exagerate. I think people kinda took it extremely literal, because if you put any of my reputation.Who I am as a father, who I been. Honestly thought people knew me better than that.” said T.I. following Jada’s questioning.
He went on to say, “Let me go set this record straight: I never said I was in any exam room. That was an assumption, I never said that it was being done present day, as an 18-year-old.” Tiny would add that she welcomed her husband’s presence at her daughter’s appointments.
The pressure on TIP amplified further after the comments, when it was became apparent that Deyjah wasn’t comfortable with her father openly speaking about the sensitive subject. “I didn’t get it, I was oblivious to it. However, I am now sensitive to it for her. My daughter said, ‘Just let it go. Don’t say nothing, just let it go.’ And I didn’t until I had different directives. ‘Go ahead, make your stop. Clear it up.'”
The couple would go on to defend that he choses to be an involved father due to the negative stigma behind black men not taking charge and responsibility in their children’s lives.
T.I. further expounded, “To me I’m here to protect all of the children from themselves until they make it to a point where they have awareness, a sense of self, and discernment. Since she’s turned 18, I don’t have control of anything, it’s on you. Run, fly, be yourself.”
Mr. Harris, like many fathers, believe that no young man is good enough for his daughter until she is old enough to make the life changing decision regarding virginity.