T.I.'s Controversial Hymen Comments Spark Apology From Podcast Hosts
By Peyton Blakemore
November 7, 2019
The fallout from T.I.'s disturbing hymen comments continues.
Days after the 39-year-old rapper made a controversial statement on Ladies Like Us podcast about visiting the gynecologist with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris, podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham have released a joint statement addressing Tip's comments.
"To everyone confused, angry and hurt by the recent episode of Ladies Like Us, we want to apologize for our knee jerk reaction to the uncomfortable topic. We were completely caught off guard/shocked and looking back, we should have reacted much differently in the moment," the joint statement, which was shared on Instagram reads. "The comments that were mad and the reaction that followed are not in any way a reflection of our personal views on the topic. We support and love Women and feel that their bodies are theirs to do as they wish."
"There was absolutely no ill intent towards any party involved & feel deeply awful about the entire incident," the statement continues. "We are not perfect, take full accountability of our lack of action & are continuously learning along the way. We know an apology doesn't make this go away but we welcome the discussion- that's what our podcast is about."
The co-hosts also deleted the episode, TMZ reports.
As previously reported, T.I.'s controversial podcast comments caused complete outrage on social media, with celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and Iggy Azalea voicing their disapproval on Twitter.
During the episode, the "Whatever You Like" rapper spoke about visiting the gynecologist with Deyjah to ensure that she's a virgin."Right after the birthday, we celebrate...usually the day after the party, she's enjoying her gifts, I put a sticky note on the door, 'Gyno, tomorrow, 9:30,'" T.I. told the co-hosts. "We'll go and sit down and the doctor will come and talk, and you know, the doctors maintain a high level of professionalism. He's like, 'Well, you know sir, in order for me to share information...' I say, 'Deyjah they want you to sign this...so we can share information. Is there anything that you would not want me to know?'"
"I said, 'Look doc, she don't ride no horses, she don't ride no bike, she don't play no sports, man, just check the hymen please and give me back my results, expeditiously," T.I. recalled, laughing. "But I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact."
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