Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor, Terry Crews, has apologised after he posted then deleted a tweet that caused outrage.
Terry has been criticising a New York Times opinion piece by human rights lawyer, Derecka Purnell, titled Why Does Obama Scold Black Boys? — Derecka argues that the former president, Barack Obama, spends too much time “finger-wagging” at black boys instead of encouraging them to dismantle the systems that oppress them.
In response to the piece, Terry questioned, “If a successful black man can’t advise the black male youth of the next generation, who will?”
He continued, “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? MEN NEED TO HOLD OTHER MEN ACCOUNTABLE … you can speak with us — just not FOR US. There is a big difference.”
Terry stood by his criticism of Derecka’s op-ed, but the conversation on Twitter began to focus on the roles that mothers and fathers have in their own child’s life.
In another tweet which led to an outrage on social media, Terry said, “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.
No matter where you get that paternal and maternal love. MY purpose is to give paternal love.” — a commenter responded, “Love is not gendered. A child will not starve with only one gender loving them.” which led to Terry’s reply, “But they will be severely malnourished”.
Terry later wrote, “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.”