Podcast Hosts Apologise, Delete T.I. Interview After Shocking Comments About Daughter's Virginity
'Ladies Like Us' podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham issued a public apology after rapper T.I. made controversial comments about his teenage daughter's virginity.
In the interview, the father of seven revealed that every year he takes his eldest daughter, Deyjah Harris, 18, to the gynaecologist for a "hymen check" to make sure she’s still a virgin.
“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 said on the podcast.
The shocking comments lead to a wave of backlash over social media, with one Twitter user going as far as to label the act as an example of "rape culture".
"What TI has done to us daughter is rape culture," they wrote. "It’s the beginning of teaching black girls that they do not have agency over their own bodies. It’s also teaching sexual shame and repressing desire. Now all her sexual engagements must be secretive. Shame + secrecy is violent."
Since the episode aired, podcast hosts Nazanin Mandi and Nadia Moham took to Instagram to address their reaction to the shocking comments, saying it “knee-jerk reaction” that completely caught them off guard.
“Looking back, we should have reacted much differently in the moment,” they added.
In the joint statement, they also said:
“The comments that were made 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 toward any party involved & feel deeply awful about the entire incident.”
They concluded, "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."
Currently, the episode is no longer available on Apple Podcasts or the company that produces 'Ladies Like Us'.
And while T.I.'s daughter has not publically commented on the drama, she was spotted liking a series of tweets that labelled her father's actions "disgusting," "possessive" and "controlling."
She also tweeted, "i loveeeeeee yalllllll" with a sad-faced emoji.
T.I. is yet to acknowledge the backlash against his comments.