“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman.” I don’t know what part of this statement is harder to stomach that fact that this person said “not to be sexist” and then made a sexist comment, or that the person cannot vote for any woman to be president of the United States.
This comment, part of more sexist thoughts, was made Tuesday morning by rapper T.I. when he was interviewed by DJ Whoo Kid. T.I. also said in the interview, “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 [because of a woman].”
The definition of sexist is “relating to, involving, or fostering sexism, or attitudes and behavior toward someone based on the person’s gender.” While T.I. said he made his comments “not to be sexist,” they were, and since his controversial statements went viral, the original video of the interview has been removed.
T.I. later “sincerely apologized to everyone [he] offended” on Twitter for the comments he made. His apology sat well with some and was not enough for others. After his apology, singer Lily Allen tweeted, “Thanks TI, I was quite offended, lucky for you I’m not having an emotional day or I might have sent a nuke your way.” While one can forgive, can one forget?
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