T.I.’s two most popular songs on Spotify are called “Whatever You Like” and “Live Your Life,” but it seems that his advocacy of a carefree, do what you want kind of lifestyle does not extend to his own family.
In an appearance on the Ladies Like Us podcast, T.I. revealed that he accompanies his daughter Deyjah, who is in her first year of college, to the gynecologist every year. It’s not because she needs a ride or he wants to be a supportive father; it’s so he can check her hymen to make sure she’s still a virgin.
This is obviously fucked up, as his daughter’s hymen is none of T.I.’s business. The whole thing reeks of an attitude about women that’s literally medieval, and the rapper was promptly and rightly roasted online.
def did not think we would be talking about hymens today. or TI
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 6, 2019
“Look, I respect women. As the father and hymen-inspector of a daughter…”
— Jess Dweck (@TheDweck) November 7, 2019
But the best reactions to the rapper outing himself as a hymen-inspector was a silly meme in which people repeatedly misdefined words starting with “hy.”
That’s a hymnal. A hymen is like one of those wild cats in Lion King. https://t.co/ARrEGNLtq3
— Curry with the shot… (@StephBMore) November 7, 2019
That’s a hygienist. A hymen is a serpentine water monster in Greek or Roman mythology. https://t.co/mMNA8lJUAj
— Aditi Juneja (@AditiJuneja3) November 7, 2019
That's a hyphen. A hymen is s a horseshoe-shaped bone situated in the anterior midline of the neck. https://t.co/uBp4zb1HFP
— just adrienne for now (@adrienneleigh) November 7, 2019
That’s a hyena. A hymen is a villain in the Purim story who decided to kill all the Jews because Mordechai refused to bow to him. https://t.co/KkzI57Rsa3
— Tea Berry-Blue (@teaberryblue) November 7, 2019
That’s a hype man. A hymen is the professional at the dentists office who performs the teeth cleaning. https://t.co/QMVIIQYJSj
— London (@GreatLondo) November 7, 2019
That’s a Hydra. A hymen is a type of off-brand Oreo cookie. https://t.co/gT3KAP7W2D
— Maya Rupert (@MayaRupert) November 7, 2019
This meme is a subtle way to mock T.I.’s belief that hymen=thing that is gone when a woman has sex. In fact, women who have had sex can have intact hymens and women who haven’t can have broken hymens. T.I. even said that the doctor told him that, but he didn’t seem to care, because he’s an idiot.
“She don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports,” he told the doctor. “Just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously.'”
“My results” really sums it up; they’re quite literally not his. This dynamic gets at the worst part about all of this nonsense, succinctly summarized by one Twitter user.
This hymen talk is very strange and at the core of it teaches your daughters their bodies aren’t theirs. Don’t do that.
— ❂ (@sweetseducingdy) November 6, 2019
What we need are fewer dads like T.I. and more like the parents in Blockers, who acknowledge that virginity is a canard, and that their kids’ sex lives are none of their business.