Kanye West Says God Approves of T.I. ‘Virgin Testing’ His Daughter, Draws Backlash
Kanye West is a man of many talents. He’s a musical artist, entrepreneur, producer, and fashion designer. But at this point, his penchant for attracting drama practically eclipses his skillset. In 2019 alone, he’s made headlines for more controversial moves and comments than we can count.
Most recently, West seemed to support T.I. “virgin testing” his daughter and once again attracted widespread backlash.
Wait, what did T.I. say about his daughter?
In case you missed it, T.I. admitted in a November appearance on the podcast Life Hacks that he’s accompanied his eldest daughter, Deyjah Harris, to the gynecologist in the past to make sure that her hymen is still intact — something he equates with being a virgin. The checks apparently began after Harris, 18, turned 16.
When doctors informed him that hymens can break in ways other than sex, such as riding horses or bike riding, T.I. said he ignored their comments and demanded that they hand over their findings “expeditiously.”
“I say, ‘Look, Doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports,'” he said. “‘Just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously.’”
“I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact,” he concluded. Harris celebrated her 18th birthday back in June.
The remarks drew immediate and widespread criticism, with many calling T.I. controlling and accusing him of invading Harris’ privacy. Among the critics were popular figures such as Gloria Steinem and Chrissy Teigen.
As the backlash mounted, Harris was caught “liking” tweets that criticized her father before deleting all of her social media accounts.
T.I. clarifies his remarks
In a November appearance on the Facebook Watch series Red Table Talk, T.I. said his actions were “terribly misconstrued and misconceived.”
“I never said I was in any exam room. That is an assumption; that is a falsity. I never said it was being done present-day as an 18-year-old. I never said that her mother wasn’t present,” T.I. said (via BuzzFeed News).
“All of this false narrative has just been sensationalized,” he continued, adding that he had made the comments in a “very joking manner.”
“From a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate, and I think a lot of people took it extremely literal because if you put any of my reputation — who I am as a father and who I’ve been — I honestly thought people knew me better than that,” the father-of-six stated.
While he refused to apologize to the public, he did offer an apology to his daughter.
“She did have a problem with me talking about it and I understand that and I am incredibly apologetic to her for that,” he said. “Not to any of these other strangers and any of these weirdos who just kind of toss lies around.”
Kanye West reacts to T.I.’s actions
Over the weekend of Dec. 27, West spoke at an event in celebration of the first anniversary of his Sunday Service program and addressed T.I.’s actions.
In a clip obtained by TMZ, the “Monster” rapper — who experienced a spiritual awakening earlier in 2019 — seemed to support T.I. and took aim at the people who “tried to play” him.
“He’s talking about something God-approved,” West added.
The room reportedly went totally silent. Unsurprisingly, West’s comments weren’t well-received on social media, either.
One Twitter user declared that West is “constantly lowering the bar.”
Another tweeted, That’s so gross and a complete invasion of privacy, they should not be parents.”
Others tried to educate West.
“Jesus was the son of God and preached love thy neighbour, NOT obsess over your daughters sexual activity,” one woman tweeted. “It’s invasive, humiliating and weird, I’m disappointed in Kanye.”
But at the same time, people are like:
And honestly, are we?