Lawmakers Outraged by T.I.’s Virginity Checkup on Daughter, Want Practice Banned: Report
T.I. saying that he attends his 18-year-old daughter's gynecologist appointments to verify that she is still a virgin had the internet going nuts and might be the cause of a new law put into action, if two lawmakers from New York have anything to do with it.
State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages (D-Nassau), recently introduced new legislation that would prohibit physicians from performing “virginity examinations,” reports PageSix on Thursday (Nov. 28).
Their new bill argues such checkups are abusive and could have detrimental effects. “These examinations are not only a violation of women’s and girls’ human rights, but in cases of rape, can cause additional pain and mimic the original act of sexual violence, leading to re-experience, re-traumatization and re-victimization,” the bill reads.
“It’s misogynistic, it’s appalling,” Solages recently told the New York Post. “I was horrified to see this was happening. If a celebrity can impose his power to ensure his 18-year-old daughter gets checked, imagine what can be done in households across New York state?”
Earlier this month, Tip caused a stir with his controversial statements on the Ladies Like Us Podcast, when talking about his daughter Deyjah. “Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen,” he revealed.
The Atlanta rapper has since addressed the comments on Jada Pinkett-Smith's Red Table Talk.
"Firstly, I came to clear up any misconceptions that have been surrounding how we interact and parent and what is appropriate and inappropriate," T.I. began. "I think all of this surrounds a conversation that I was having in a very joking manner when asked how do I deal with parenting in this day and age. And so I just began to—you know, from a place of truth, I began to embellish and exaggerate. And I think that a lot of people kind of like, took it extremely literal. Because if you put any of my reputation by like who I am as a father and who I've been, I honestly thought people knew me better than that."
The episode of the podcast that caused the uproar has since been deleted.
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