T.I. Offers Up Video Apology To Women After Hillary Clinton Joke Backfires
Rapper T.I. has apologized again for ill-advised remarks he made about the possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming America’s first female president in an online video.
The outspoken hip-hop star made headlines earlier this week when he said he would never vote for a female president because women are prone to making “rash decisions”.
His comments led to an outcry on social media, which prompted T.I. to apologize on Tuesday. He tweeted, “My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended.”
Not convinced that was enough, the rap star posted a video, in which he apologized to the women in his life, on Facebook on Thursday.
The humbled hitmaker said, “I said some things that were insensitive and hurtful to women, so I apologize.”
“To the people that don’t know me, I never intended to be taken as though women couldn’t be leaders,” he added. “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.”
Attempting to explain his remarks, the rapper insisted he was just enjoying a little “barber shop” banter on DJ Whoo Kid’s radio show, where he has touched on “borderline inappropriate” and controversial topics in the past.
“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… My intention was only to be humorous, not to disrespect in any way.”
And, addressing comments an annoyed Oprah Winfrey made about his radio remarks suggesting a woman wasn’t fit to lead America, T.I., real name Clifford Harris, concluded his message by stating, “Oprah, you’ve been to my house before; you know me better than that!”
ClarityI’m being told to be quiet & just let this pass…. Nah that aint quite ME. 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.
Posted by T.I. on Thursday, October 15, 2015