Rapper T.I. has apologized after stating that he can’t vote for Hillary Clinton because a woman could not be president, The New York Daily News is reporting.
The 35-year-old rapper (real name: Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr.) sat down Monday for an interview with DJ Kool Kid, and expressed his thoughts about who will, and won’t, be getting his vote.
“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… I think you might be able to the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].”
You can watch T.I. giving his comments in the video below.
Lest you think T.I. may be leaning Republican, he has no love for Donald Trump, either, saying that although he admired Trump’s business savvy and his showmanship, his bombastic, sexist, and racist remarks have turned T.I. off.
T.I. later took to Twitter to apologize for his remarks about Hillary Clinton.
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
This is not the first time T.I. has been involved in controversy. In 2004, while T.I. was in jail on probation charges, Houston rapper Lil’ Flip began publicly criticizing T.I., leading to a feud that would eventually spill out onto the streets of Houston, with members of both rappers’ crews taking swings at each other.
In 2007, according to MTV, a feud developed between T.I. and Ludacris over what T.I.’s crew took as insults on a record produced by Luda’s label. Things became so heated that T.I. got into a fistfight with Luda’s manager, Zulu, at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood. T.I. and Ludacris eventually made right with each other and have collaborated on songs together.
Again in 2008, T.I. got into another beef with another rapper, this time Shawty Lo, and once again, it was over perceived insults on each others’ records. At the November 2008 Dirty Awards, members of both rappers’ crews came to blows, forcing the event to be shut down.
Though often marred by controversy, T.I.’s career hasn’t always been feuds and prison stints. The Atlanta rapper donated $50,000 to Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, according to BMI; has provided scholarships for single-parent families through the Boys and Girls Clubs; and has donated hundreds of bicycles to needy children.
As part of his court-ordered community service, T.I. has been visiting middle and high schools throughout Georgia, talking to poor and at-risk kids about his own life experiences, and encouraging them to stay positive and keep good morals. He’s also supported other community volunteers, holding a private concert — featuring himself, Fat Joe, Slim Thug, and Kanye West — at Radio City Music Hall.
When it comes to politics, however, T.I. hasn’t had much to say. According to the Hollowverse, based on (admittedly vague) statements he’s given in interviews, T.I. appears to lean ever-so-slightly Democratic. In 2012, he expressed support for Barack Obama’s stance on gay marriage, saying that people should be free to do what they want to do.
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