Rapper, host, and actor TI is facing outrage after revealing that he has his daughter, 18-year-old Deyhah Harris, have a gynecological exam every year to check her hymen. The World Health Organization has deemed the practice as “humiliating and traumatic.”
TI is considered as a major celebrity in the US. He has already had seven albums that have ranked Top Five. He has also starred in films such as Ant-Man, Entourage, and American Gangster. He also currently appears alongside rappers Chance the Rapper and Cardi B in a talent competition on Netflix titled Rhythm + Flow.
The rapper made the revelation on an episode of the Ladies Like Us podcast where the topic was on sex education for his kids. TI stated, “Not only have we had the conversation, we have yearly trips to the gynecologist to check her hymen. Yes, I go with her … I will say, as of her 18th birthday, her hymen is still intact.”
He further acknowledged on the podcast that the hymen could also be broken not only from sexual activity. But he also countered and said, “So then they come and say, ‘Well, I just want you to know that there are other ways besides sex that the hymen can be broken like bike riding, athletics, horseback riding and just other forms of athletic physical activity’. So I say, ‘Look, Doc, she don’t ride no horses, she don’t ride no bike, she don’t play no sports. Just check the hymen, please, and give me back my results expeditiously.’”
Back in 2018, three United Nations agencies had condemned virginity tests. One of the statements read, “This medically unnecessary, and often times painful, humiliating and traumatic practice must end … WHO states that there is no evidence that either method can prove whether a woman or girl has had vaginal intercourse or not.”
TI nor his daughter have released a statement. However, Harris’ Twitter account shows her liking tweets that condemn her father. Among these tweets is one that describes her father’s actions as “disgusting, possessive, and controlling.”