Many celebrities are speaking their opinions publicly while multiple Black Lives Matter protests are taking place throughout the country. Terry Crews decided to address his critics on Twitter. Find out why many people are upset about the America’s Got Talent host’s Black Supremacists tweets and which actors responded to them.
Terry Crews previously angered people for defending ‘America’s Got Talent’
The host isn’t new to angering people with his comments. Season 14 of America’s Got Talent ended with Gabrielle Union getting fired. She later claimed she tried to speak out against racist incidents while she worked on the show. Crews defended the show’s work environment.
“It just was not my experience,” he told Us Weekly. “It was the best experience I ever had in my entire life.”
The host then said, “When they talk about diversity, there was every bit of diversity on set, everywhere. I have never been in a more diverse place in 20 years of entertainment, so what can I say?”
This angered many given the investigation around Union’s firing wasn’t done. He later apologized on Twitter.
He later apologized
Crews tweeted on Jan. 31 a series of tweets. They ended with directly acknowledging Union. “@itsgabrielleu, I want you to know it was never my intention to invalidate your experience— but that is what I did. I apologize. You have been through a lot in this business, and with that I empathize with the struggle toward fairness and equality in the workplace.”
It then ended with “@itsgabrielleu You are a role model to the entire black community and In my desire to be professionally neutral as your co-worker, I should have at the very least understood you just needed my support. Sincerely, Terry Crews.”
He called his critics Black supremacists
Crews made a series of tweets on June 7. It started with, “Defeating White supremacy without White people creates Black supremacy. Equality is the truth. Like it or not, we are all in this together.”
His former Everybody Hates Chris co-star, Tyler James Williams tweeted, “I’m not trying to call you out @terrycrews. You know it’s all love always. But we’re rightfully angry right now and fed up with anyone not with our cause wholeheartedly. I don’t want to see that energy pointed your way or diverted from the cause.”
Crew responded with, “I understand, Tyler. I was not saying Black supremacy exists, because it doesn’t. I am saying if both Black and Whites don’t continue to work together– bad attitudes and resentments can create a dangerous self-righteousness. That’s all.”
When We Free The World author, Kevin Powell tweeted, “This makes absolutely no sense, makes very Black self-hating assumption that Black folks would actually try to do harm to White people in major ways, when there is no proof in history of any such behavior even remotely close to White supremacist behavior. Please read books, sir.” Crews tweeted back, “That’s not what I’m saying Kevin. At all.”
Godfrey, who is a comedian, tweeted “I love you as a friend Brother Terry. But I disagree with you 100%. No such thing as Black Supremacy. That is a tactic that racist whites use to counteract our rebellion to their horrific treatment of us. It’s called gaslighting. Black pride isn’t anti white.” Crews then tweeted, “I agree. I’m not discussing white people here. there are ‘gatekeepers of Blackness’ within our own community who decide who’s Black and who’s not. I have often been called out for not being ‘black enough’. How can that be?”
Powell later tweeted, “Terry, with all due respect, given your platform, you cannot just post something like that even remotely suggests that Black people would fall into ‘Black Supremacy’ if we battle White Supremacy without White people.” Crews replied, “Kevin, I’ve learned that people will take anything you say and twist it for their own evil. Anything.”
Crews’ series of tweets ended with, “Any Black person who calls me a coon or and Uncle Tom for promoting EQUALITY is a Black Supremist [sic], because they have determined who’s Black and who is not.”
That was the last of his tweets but many people had a lot to say in response to it. “Terry. Black supremacy isn’t real in the same way that reverse racism isn’t real. Would you like some books suggested to you to help you with this exploration?” asked actor Kelechi Okafor.
Another person replied with, “You didn’t promote equality. You alluded to Black people being ‘Black supremacists’ for fighting for OUR ‘rights’ that we ironically, don’t have the RIGHT to access if we don’t include the oppressor. You just used the word in the tweet. Odd.”