Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews has apologised after comments he made about single and same-sex parents came under fire.
On February, 25th, 2019, actor and America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews tweeted a link to a New York Times opinion piece called ‘Why does Obama scold black boys?’ in which he took offence to the piece being written by a woman.
The actor tweeted: “Another thing that bothers me is that this OP-ED was written by a WOMAN about how boys should be taught to grow into successful young men. How would she know?”
Crews’ tweet was criticised for being misogynistic, which Crews denied.
Responding to a user who said his previous comments threw women out of the conversation, Crews said: “I REPEAT: Women can speak with us. Just not FOR US.”
As Crews tried to justify his comments, things then turned to same-sex and single parents in an attempt to reinforce traditional gender roles.
In a now-deleted tweet, Crews tweeted: “I’ve reiterated many times that same-sex couples and single parents can successfully raise a child.
“But I believe paternal AND maternal love are like vitamins and minerals to humanity.”
When a Twitter user replied to say that “Love is not gendered. A child will not starve with only one gender loving them,” Crews abruptly responded with “But they will be severely malnourished.”
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The exchange was shared on the social media platform by @astdelagrange who tweeted: “Wonder if any of the #BrooklynNineNine cast are going to address the disgusting things Terry Crews is tweeting.”
The initial exchange was quickly deleted by Crews, but users were quick to comment when they resurfaced.
In response to a Twitter user calling Crews a “misogynist, homophobic asshole,” the actor tweeted: “you apparently thought I was your puppet. But I have a mind of my own, and can see and think very clearly.
“The “phobic” tag is the most feared public tag next to racist. I don’t fear it because I am neither.”
Responding to the backlash of his previous tweets, Crews tweeted an apology saying: “I apologize to anyone who was hurt by my “severely malnourished” tweet. It was in response to someone who said kids wouldn’t “starve”.
“It was poorly worded so I deleted it.”
However, in response to social media influencer and model Emily Sears saying that she was sad about his comments and lack of accountability, Crews replied with “thanks but I don’t need your backing, support or help for me to grow.”