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T.I. is expressing his remorse for the second time following his recent comments in which he insinuated that Hillary Clinton and other women are too emotionally irrational to be president.
“I’m being told to be quiet & just let this pass…. Nah that ain[‘]t quite ME,” wrote Tip in the caption. “So, here’s my apology for my jokes that I made on DJ Whoo Kid[‘]s radio show. My words WERE NOT meant to be taken so literally.”
In the two-and-a-half-minute clip, which he shot in his hotel room without PR reps present, Tip first apologized to the “women that I know and that know me,” including his mother, wife, daughters, sisters and aunts. “I know you know how I joke and I know you know my heart, so I know you know me, but I apologize anyway,” he said. “I said some things that were insensitive and hurtful to women, so I apologize.”
The rapper then began his public apology: “I never intended to be taken as though I felt women couldn’t be leaders. That was not my intention. I know better than that. I know that my daughters as well as your daughters can lead this nation as well as any other nation as long as they apply themselves and educate themselves, and motivate themselves to do so.”
During his interview with DJ Whoo Kid, which has since been since removed from YouTube, Tip says he was having “barbershop talk” where people say “outrageous things” that are “borderline inappropriate” and “borderline offensive.” “This time, I reached for a joke that was in very poor taste using a stereotype associated to women that I should not have done. That is not a reflection of how I feel, that is not a reflection of who I am,” he continued. “I merely reached for a joke using very poor judgement, and it was in poor taste.”
The rapper concluded by addressing Oprah Winfrey, who publicly scolded the rapper for his original statement: “Oprah, you’ve been in my house before. You know me better than that.”
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