The Podcast That Aired T.I.’s Disturbing Interview Deleted That Episode
Rapper T.I. made comments in a recent interview that has a lot of people on the internet angry. He told the podcast, Ladies Like Us, that he tests his teenaged daughter, Deyjah Harris, every year to see if her hymen is still intact.
If that sounds wrong to you, then you’d agree with most of the internet. Now, the podcast that initially aired the interview has deleted the episode. In addition to that, the hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham have issued a statement, but others think it’s still too little too late.
The internet was furious at T.I. for forcing his daughter to get “virginity testing”
Business Insider reported Nov. 6 that when he told the story, T.I. said in addition to having a sex talk with his daughter, he still takes her to these visits. The episode aired on Nov. 5, according to BuzzFeed News.
As the Daily Mail reports, the gynecologist pushed back when Deyjah was 18 because she was no longer under his care as a minor. The doctor explained that she would have to sign away the information. “I’m like, ‘Deyjah, they want you to sign this … so we can share information. Is there anything you would not want me to know?’ ‘See doc? No problem.’”
Again, since the podcast aired, T.I. and the podcast hosts have gotten a lot of heat for the episode, since they didn’t question him on his one-sided practice (he is okay with his 15-year-old son having sex). They can also be heard laughing at his story.
The podcast that aired the interview was deleted after being review bombed
Buzzfeed reported on Nov. 7 that Ladies Like Us deleted the controversial T.I. interview from all platforms of it was on including Apple Podcasts and PodcastOne.
The outlet also shared that the podcast has been review bombed on Apple Podcasts. Several one-star reviews poured in, calling the episode “disgusting” for laughing along with T.I.’s story and his “borderline sexual abuse.”
The hosts made a statement apologizing, but many don’t accept it
Since the episode aired, the hosts Mandi and Moham posted their joint statement to their respective Instagrams and the Ladies Like Us official Instagram. They called their initial recorded response a “knee jerk” reaction and said they were “completely caught off guard.” They continued:
Looking back, we should have reacted much differently in the moment… The comments that were made 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.— @ladieslikeuspodcast on Instagram
They posted that on Nov. 7, and people on Twitter were still calling them out. Even before the statements, people deemed those “knee jerk” reactions as not okay. User @SaydeFaraday wrote their laughing was “incredibly inappropriate. This is abuse; no one should be laughing along to these comments.” User @maroomi__ wrote that the women “didn’t say anyyyyyhing to him,” which speaks volumes.
“Virginity tests” shouldn’t exist because they’re not even accurate, according to medical professionals
T.I. said that the doctor had told him that hymens could break in ways outside of intercourse, including horseback riding and bike riding. His response? “So 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.’” Many medical professionals say that even without doing those activities, a “virginity test” proves nothing.
The New York Times asked Dr. Maura Quinlan, an associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University, about these tests. “A virginity exam does not exist,” Dr. Quinlan said. “If someone brought me a girl for a virginity exam, I would tell them, ‘I can’t say either way.’”
She said that while a gynecologist can tell if the patient has given birth, discerning if they’ve had vaginal intercourse “is not possible.” Why? Because all hymens are different, look different, and some people aren’t even born with them.