T.I. has already tweeted an apology for his sexist comments regarding Hillary Clinton and his belief that women can’t be president because they’re too emotional — but now he’s apologizing on video.
In an interview with DJ Whoo Kid last week, T.I. said he wouldn’t vote for Hillary, not because she isn’t qualified…but because she’s a woman.
“Not to be sexist, but I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like — I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally—they make very permanent, cemented decisions—and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”
Naturally, his comments sparked outrage from nearly everyone. Even Oprah hit him with a ‘child please’ and told reporters T.I. didn’t know what he was talking about.
T.I. addressed his comments head on in a video posted to his Facebook page.
First, he apologized to the women in his life — his mother, wife, daughters, aunts, etc.
“I know you know how I joke and I know you know my heart, so I know you know me, but I apologize anyway,” he said. “I said some things that were insensitive and hurtful to women, so I apologize.”
He then turned his attention to those who don’t know him.
“I never intended to be taken as though I felt women couldn’t be leaders. 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.”
T.I. admitted his jokes were in ‘poor taste,’ but also said he was just having ‘barbershop talk’ for ‘shock value’ — much like DJ Whoo Kid and others have done on the show numerous times 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. That is not a reflection of how I feel, that is not a reflection of who I am,” he continued. “I merely reached for a joke using very poor judgement, and it was in poor taste.”
Towards the end of the clip, he addressed Oprah Winfrey & her comments directly. He said:
“Oprah, you’ve been in my house before. You know me better than that.”
Watch T.I.’s apologetic video below.