T.I. came under fire this week when he said he wouldn’t vote for Hillary Clinton because she is a womana, and after apologizing in a tweet, the rapper followed with a video posted on Facebook.
“I’m being told to be quiet & just let this pass…. Nah that aint quite ME,” he wrote. “So,heres my apology for my jokes that I made on DJ Whoo Kids radio show. My words WERE NOT meant to be taken so literally. Never saw Whoo Kids show as a social/political platform. However Apologize none the less.”
In the clip, T.I. says, “I apologize to the women I know and the women who know me, my mother, my wife, my daughters, my cousins, my nieces, my sisters, my aunties… I said some things that were insensitive and hurtful to women.” To those who he doesn’t know, he says, “I never intended to be taken as though I felt women couldn’t be leaders. That was not my intention. I know better than that. I know that my daughters as well as your daughters can lead this nation as well as any other nation as long as they apply themselves and educate themselves and motivate themselves to do so.”
He also said that DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show, where he made the original comments, is a place for “outrageous things,” “barbershop talk,” and “borderline inappropriate” and “borderline offensive” comments.
“This time I reached for a joke that was in very poor taste using a stereotype associated to women that I should not have done,” he says. “That is not a reflection of how I feel.”
In the interview with DJ Whoo Kid, T.I. had said, “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. And I sure would have to just set off a nuke.”
Watch his whole apology.