When I went on social media and saw that T.I. and that situation with his daughter was trending again, I had no choice but to head directly to the recent “Red Table Talk” episode where he publicly addressed it. I have a few comments about what took place in the episode, so let’s just dive right in.
Jada Pinkett Smith, the show’s host, wasted no time with getting down to the situation. T.I. stated, “All of this surrounds a conversation I was having in a very joking manner. When asked about parenting in this day and age I began to embellish and exaggerate and people took it quite literally.” For me, this was his first red flag when he’s trying to clear this up. What T.I. does understand and somewhat admits to is that what he said was a very private subject to just put out in public and that it’s not something to joke about.
What I found most interesting is that when it came to the discussion on the various ways hymens can break T.I. seemed to be shocked, especially when Pinkett Smith pointed out, “You can still be very sexually active and your hymen can still be intact.” It doesn’t stop there, because despite the continuous explanations, T.I. still didn’t seem to understand how what he did wasn’t right. He continued to stand by the double standard idea stating, “If my son gets a girl pregnant it doesn’t change the household for nine months, but if my daughter comes home pregnant my household is completely changed for nine months.”
At the end of the episode, T.I. sarcastically pointed out that he was sorry that Willow couldn’t make it. In response, her mother said, “You know what Tip, you might be happier in the long run.” See we all know that Willow would’ve ate up T.I. on the topic considering that she is in fact the same age as his daughter and understands in full that growing into a young lady isn’t something that is easy, nor should it be taken lightly.
Personally, after watching this episode, I believe that T.I. still doesn’t see the error in his ways and has a long way to go in understanding not only this situation, but what being a female means in this day and age. Click here to watch the episode.
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By Monique Petty-Ashmeade, Senior, Brooks College Prep