T.I. said that women are definitely not qualified to be president and I said yes to writing a blog about it. I thought Why Not? After all, as a rash and emotional decision-maker in my own feminine right, I am going to vote in the upcoming election. And the person I vote for could be a woman.
Ironically, I quickly realized that I was completely unqualified to write this article seeing as I had spent the entire week after T.I.'s foot-in-mouth statement avoiding all T.I. related news (if you can even call it that). It's not that I didn't see a social media avalanche of headlines on the subject, I just never wanted to know more.
Now don’t get me wrong—I’m an informed young woman. I don't just ignore the news. When I see a click-bait headline that reads “The Novelist All Your Smart Friends Are Talking About”, well then goddamn I’m going to click that novel straight onto my coffee table so that I can be a smart friend too. And being such, I did my research.
Last Monday, October 12th, T.I. made a slew of sexist remarks on DJ Whoo Kid's SiriusXM radio show regarding the future of the American presidency. "Not to be sexist" he said, to preface his sexist remarks "but, I can't vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman." He elaborated:
"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,"
I researched what T.I. said and how America reacted and it was pretty much a waste of my time. It’s not as if famous men spewing sexism is surprising or celebrities weighing in on subjects they know nothing about is a new phenomenon.
I don’t even care what the artist/producer has to say about music—a topic that he may very well be qualified to speak of—so I certainly don’t care what he has to say about the potential sex of the future President of this United States. He has the right to voice his opinion and I have the right to ignore it because America.
The internet went wild over T.I.'s comments on a radio program filled with, as he put in his Facebook apology video "barber shop talk" that is both "borderline inappropriate" and "borderline offensive" thematically.
What he said was dumb. It was in bad taste and it was just not true. But I don't care that he said it. I don't even care that Oprah cares that he said it and Oprah is bae.
What I do care about are women. I care about women, I care about this election, I care about America, and honestly I don't have time to care about what a 35 year old rapper from Atlanta, Georgia thinks about women (I did have time to google T.I., though).
Just because it's on the internet doesn't mean it matters. If more people thought this way then there would be far fewer celebrities getting off on the public's attention.
The moral of the story? T.I. said a bunch of nonsense last week. Media outlets had a field day and pages and pages of useless content were produced. And today, a week later, nothing has changed. The candidates are still the same, the polls haven't moved, and both Carly Fiorina and Hillary Clinton still have vaginas. So let's take a tip from another presidential hopeful and let it go.