Gender, Love, Social Justice

The Internet Did Not Like T.I.’s Comments on Hillary Clinton

Not to be sexist, but...

There is this thing that people have been doing for, basically ever: attempting to discredit women because they are “emotional” or “hormonal.” They’re periods made them krayzay. They’re genetically predisposed to overreacting. Logic is for big, male brains. Don’t trust a woman with authority or responsibility. She might come down with a bout of extreme PMS and cause the world to implode.

Unfortunately, T.I. (whose music was part of the soundtrack to my adolescence) has joined right in this long standing tradition. During an interview with DJ Whoo Kid on Shade 45, he said that he would not support Hillary Clinton’s presidential run because women make “rash” choices.

“Not to be sexist,” he said. “I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Just because — every other position that exists, a woman could do well. But, the president? I just know that women make rash decisions, emotionally. They make permanent, cemented decisions, and then later — it’s kind of like it didn’t happen or they didn’t mean for it to happen.”

*face palms*

And then, he followed that up with this gem: “[A woman wouldn’t] be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy. The world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to get the Loch Ness Monster elected [before a woman.]

First off, anytime you have to start a sentence with “Not to be [insert prejudice here],” just stop. Stop talking. Change course. Change the subject. Mayday, mayday!

Second, I’m doing this thing, lately, where I try not to get as emotionally invested in some of the things that would generally make me upset, angry or sad. Basically, I’m trying to focus more of my energy inward: taking breaks from social media, redefining my boundaries with my loved ones, only catching up with the news for work purposes, etc. But this really bugged me.

Now, I haven’t made any decisions about the 2016 presidential elections. Frankly, I’m 25, so this will only be my third time voting for a presidential candidate. During both of the previous elections, I was an idealistic college student/recent grad. I had the time and energy and wherewithal to really think about and research my vote. I…need to do some soul-searching and policy research before I make a decision.

But regardless of what my personal choices are going to be come next November, I’m not OK with sexism, racism, ageism, homophobia, etc., being touted as justifiable reasons to not vote for a candidate. I want to look at voting records. I want to hear their stances on issues like education, global warming, police brutality and violence against women. I want to see how they handle themselves during debates.

Twitter was also pretty upset with T.I. Folks on my timeline spent the better half of yesterday afternoon taking the rapper to task and pointing out his own history of “rash decisions.”

Clifford, I enjoy you. Despite the fact that I was vehemently anti-Iggy Azalea and I really hated reading about your random Mayweather/Lil’ Flip beefs, your accent sounds like home, your kids are cute, and I still quote “ATL” with reckless abandon. My 13-year-old self wants to believe that the man who gave me “24’s” was just, I don’t know, trying to be funny and topical on a radio show and let things get away from him? But unfortunately, you’re going to disagree with people, even artists whose work you like (See: everything Quentin Tarantino has said, as of late). While I realize that…I’m just really tired of casual sexism.

To be fair. T.I. did tweet the following apology:

And as a Southern hip-hop fan, I didn’t exactly expect T.I. or many other rappers I’ve enjoyed over the years to drop words like “intersectionality” or “misogynoir.” Any woman who enjoys hip-hop, country music, rock – basically any form of popular music, has an occasionally complicated relationship with her fandom. That line in “Bad Feminist” where Roxane Gay said she was “utterly mortified by [her] music choices”? I literally raised my hands in the air like I was in church.

But despite the fact that I love a track with a good 808 or a bloody action movie, I can still expect better from the people that create them. Or maybe that’s me being “emotional.”