As Democrats prepare for the first debate among their 2016 Presidential candidates, recent comments made by Clifford Harris Jr., better known as T.I., has caused quite a stir on social media this afternoon. The actor and hip hop recording artist sat down for an interview recently with DJ Whoo Kid, in which he explained why he could not vote for a woman candidate like Hillary Clinton.
“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman,” he explained. “Just because, 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. […] [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to get the Lochness Monster elected before [a woman]. It’s not right, but I’m just saying…”
While the entire interview was published on YouTube initially, Whoolywood has since made the video private, likely after a request by T.I. and his people. After realizing that his comments did not go over well on social media, T.I. suddenly changed his tune, apologizing:
“My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended,” he tweeted earlier in the day.
Those on Twitter and other social media platforms were not so forgiving of his remarks, with many individuals feeling that his apology was simply an effort to save face rather than an honest-to-goodess, heartfelt ‘sorry’.
“Let me write this fake apology so people leave me alone,” tweeted one skeptic, mocking the rapper.
Rather ironically, T.I. himself can not vote in this upcoming election because of his previous conviction as a felon on weapons charges. Perhaps with views like these he’s better off. I’m sure Hillary Clinton isn’t losing any sleep over these sexist comments either.
As for his other opinions on the 2016 Presidential election, the hip hop artist does think that Donald Trump could be ‘beneficial’ to America, but he also said that he won’t support the billionaire businessman either, because of recent racist comments made on the political trail.