"This makes me feel physically ill," tweets one 'Handmaid's Tale' star after the story goes viral.
Rapper T.I. has admitted he brings 18-year-old daughter Deyjah to the gynecologist every year to check if her hymen is still intact.
Speaking to Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham on their podcast Ladies Like Us, T.I. was asked if he has had the "sex talk" with his daughter yet.
"Have I? This is the thing: Deyjah's 18, just graduated high school now and she's attending her first year of college, figuring it out for herself," he said. "And yes, not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen."
The hosts burst into incredulous laughter -- but the "Live Your Life" hitmaker was not joking.
"This is what we do. Right after the birthday we celebrate," he said, matter-of-factly. "Usually like the day after the party she's enjoying her gifts. I put a sticky note on the door: 'Gyno. Tomorrow. 9:30.'"
He even goes into the appointment with her to hear the results for himself, insisting his daughter sign a release to allow it.
"We'll go and sit down and the doctor will come and talk, and the doctor is maintaining a high level of professionalism," he explained. "He's like, 'You know sir, I have to... in order for me to share information...'"
"I'm like, 'Deyjah they want you to sign this. They want you to sign this so we can share information. Is there anything you wouldn't want me to know? Okay. See doc? No problem.'"
Even when the doctors explain that there are other ways for a hymen to be broken besides sex -- such as bike riding, athletics, or horseback riding -- Tip doesn't want to hear it.
"I say, '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.'"
And as far as T.I. is concerned, so far so good: "I will say as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact," he proudly declared.
Laughing, the hosts suggested: "Somebody check on Deyjah, she's a prisoner!"
They also suggested keeping her a virgin might make the teen a much-sought prize for "vultures"; not so, claimed T.I. "They're no fun. Who wants a virgin?" he theorized. "Like really? All that work."
T.I. has six children with three different women, including three with wife Tiny Harris.
After the story started picking up steam on social media, many started slamming the rapper on Twitter. "The Handmaid's Tale" star Madeline Brewer was among the many speaking out against T.I, tweeting, "This makes me feel physically ill. It’s abhorrent. This isn’t behavior to laugh at or joke about. The level of toxicity and malice and control he's exerting on his own daughters life and bodily autonomy and and privacy. I'm sick."
Chrissy Teigen tweeted, "def did not think we would be talking about hymens today. or TI." Padma Lakshmi also tweeted, "The double standard of the patriarchy is truly insane. Young women are fully capable of making their own informed decisions about their bodies and their sexuality."
Ellen Barkin added, "I have bad news for T.I. -- After 6 months of vaginal sex...my hymen broke."
See more reactions below:
This is disgusting and horrible.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 6, 2019
Rapper T.I. says that he takes his daughter to the gynecologist to make sure her hymen is still intact!
Even after her 18th birthday (not that it makes it ok before her 18th birthday)
Horrifying https://t.co/hQwSSsqJER pic.twitter.com/59rSMTDKfz
This is so gross, so misogynistic, so manipulative, and I’m truly sad his daughter has to deal with this. Surely she knows this is wrong; God help her if she doesn’t. https://t.co/PKvVAfjumE— Kirbie Johnson (@kirbiejohnson) November 6, 2019
This is SO incredibly disturbing. T.I. apparently goes to the OB/GYN with his 18-year old daughter to “check her hymen.” 🤢— NARAL (@NARAL) November 6, 2019
“Virginity” is NOT a medical status—and this is coercive. https://t.co/hfIQhMgNjP
Talking about your daughter's hymen in public is really fucking disturbing. That's all I have to say about that.— Leslie Mac (@LeslieMac) November 6, 2019
No exaggeration, T.I. invading the space and humanity of his daughter like this is one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever heard. https://t.co/OIWkQgglCn— Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) November 6, 2019
This is absolutely disgusting and perverted and vile and ignorant and just plain wrong. TI is a sick, controlling narcissist and there is absolutely NO way Deyjah, her mother or any woman in TI’s life should be okay with this. https://t.co/tDjVdAoSom— Candice Marie Benbow (@CandiceBenbow) November 6, 2019
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