Sit down Clifford: Why I’m not here for T.I.’s dry apology
After the rapper’s inflammatory remarks about not being able to fathom that a woman could become “leader of the free world,” T.I.’s now offering a slew of apologies to any news outlet that will listen. But here’s why many people, Hillary supporters or not, are simply not having it.
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
As an avid hip-hop head, I’ve forgiven T.I. for a lot of things over the years — his lyrics that objectify and shame women for being what he feels is mediocre (which apparently is any women lacking a luxury vehicle, a perfect hairdo, and a fresh mani-pedi); his attempt to pass a reupholstered and talentless Aussie off as hip hop’s next big wave in female rap. I could go on, but this is about his latest snafu.
I’d reserved judgment about the previous things, reconciling them as permissible to me because I listen, with far less chagrin, to other hip-hop artists doing and saying similar things. His comments on Hillary are different, though. The way he prefaced the statement with “I’m not sexist but…” smacked off the old ‘I’m-not-a-racist-but’ arguments people of color have to endure every day. Plus, there’s the fact that he made a blanket statement about the irrationality of women in decision-making. Would he tell his daughters they couldn’t rule the world?
With that being said, I sit with popcorn in hand for the brutal, verbal dragging of this sexist, small-statured man by Black Twitter —and the rest of the free world. Because he truly deserves every minute of it.