Today, we have been transported back in time to the early 1900s, courtesy of rapper T.I.
Thanks for the time travel, T.I.! So cool. I didn’t think it was possible.
On Monday, October 12th, T.I. appeared on the radio show “The Whoolywood Shuffle” and was asked if he would vote for a female president. He responded:
“Not to be sexist, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman.
Just because every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president, it’s kind of 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 set off a nuke. You ain’t gonna be able to negotiate the right kind of foreign policy. The world ain’t ready yet.”
And just in case that wasn’t ridiculous enough, T.I. also expressed his fully-formed, cogent, and intelligent thought that a mythical creature would be more likely to be elected before a woman:
“I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could (a woman). It’s not right, but I’m just saying I don’t think.”
Despite T.I.’s determined intention “not to be sexist,” unfortunately, it turns out he was one hundred percent sexist. Are we really living in a world in which people truly believe that someone can’t make a logical decision because of their genitalia? I can think of a whole lot of women who could have made the better decision not to be stupid on a radio show, and not have let their mouths run away with them.
As for the opinion that “the world ain’t ready yet,” that has obviously been disproven by female leaders of state around the world, such as Isabel Martínez de Perón, the president of Argentina in the 70s, Agatha Barbara, president of Malta in the 80s, and a little someone called Margaret Thatcher (among dozens of others). None of whom are mythical (I don’t think).
T.I.’s remarks smack strongly of the sentiments expressed by those who opposed the suffragist movement, arguing that women were not smart enough to understand complicated politics, and that their emotions and “hysterics” meant that they would never be able to make a logical decision who to vote for.
He later apologized on Twitter for his remarks about women, stating that they were “unequivocally insensitive and wrong.”
My comments about women running for president were unequivocally insensitive and wrong. I sincerely apologize to everyone I offended.
— T.I. (@Tip) October 13, 2015
Do better, T.I.