T.I. is a very good rapper who occasionally says dumb things. And now he’s said something really, really dumb. As Vibe reports, T.I. had some things to say about Hillary Clinton during a recent interview with DJ Whoo Kid: “Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman.” It’s a good thing he’s not being sexist! And yes, his reasoning is exactly what you think it is. To wit:
Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda 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 just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the Loch Ness Monster elected before you could [get a woman].
Ah yes, the what if she gets emotional and nukes somebody? argument. Maybe it’s best that he didn’t go with the whole what if she breaks a heel and falls down and lands on The Button? one. Still, T.I. has now undone all the good he’s done the women of the world by promoting the career of Iggy Azalea. But one big question: What if Hillary Clinton and Carly Fiorina end up being the two presidential nominees. What will T.I. do then?
In that same interview, T.I. also had some ambivalent-verging-on-positive things to say about Donald Trump:
He’s interesting, and I feel his the best showman of them all. And I do feel that if he is sincerely concerned about the economy of America and the working public, he would be the best person to flip the money that we have… But you know, his racist remarks and all of his off-color statements and all that shit it makes it impossible to be completely supportive of him. But just knowing what he’s done for business for himself, if he intends to do that for America, it would be beneficial. But I can’t cast no vote for him.
And as Complex points out, that exact same interview found T.I. making a deeply confounding claim about his recent Hustle Gang protege Travi$ Scott, calling him “Iggy [Azalea] in a black man’s body.” OK! Here’s the whole nutso interview:
It was definitely Tip, not T.I., doing this interview.
UPDATE: T.I. apologized.
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