Early this week, rapper T.I. was a guest on Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham’s “Ladies Like Us” podcast, and he made some statements that have since attracted many responses.
In the podcast, he spoke about having “yearly trips to then gynecologist” with his 18-year-old daughter, Deyjah Harris. “to check her hymen.”
T.I. recalled visiting the doctor after his daughter’s 16th birthday.
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’.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’.But I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact.
His comments ignited a frenzy on social media. Now, the hosts Nazanin and Nadia have posted a statement on their social media pages, addressing their response to T.I.’s comments on the episode.
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 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.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.Sincerely, Nazanin & Nadia.