Terry Crews is facing a major backlash on social media after the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star tweeted his belief that a child raised by a single parent or two same-sex parents would be “severely malnourished” when compared to children raised by a mother and father.
According to NewsHub, Crews’ controversial comment came as he tried to explain an earlier controversial remark, when he tweeted about a New York Times op-ed about how young African-American boys are being molded into successful men by pointing out it was written by “a WOMAN,” adding, “How would she know?”
When Twitter users fired back by pointing out Crews’ comment was misogynistic, he dug himself in even deeper when he responded to a critic with the following exchange (which Crews subsequently deleted).
“I’ve reiterated many times that same sex couples and single parents can successfully raise a child,” he wrote.
“But I believe paternal AND maternal love are like vitamins and minerals to humanity,” he added. “No matter where you get that paternal and maternal love. MY purpose is to give paternal love.”
A Twitter user responded: “Love is not gendered. A child will not starve with only one gender loving them.”
To which Crews replied: “But they will be severely malnourished.”
Crews was immediately hit with backlash for suggesting that a child raised without both a mother and father would be “malnourished,” with users responding with comments such as these:
Despite the backlash, Crews is standing his ground, insisting “I have a mind of my own, and I can see and think very clearly.”
In fact, Crews then doubled down by announcing he had “another very controversial statement to make,” declaring “there are things you can only get from your mother,” and encouraged those who disagreed with his opinions to “mute, unfollow, block or delete me.”
On Sunday, Crews offered an apology, admitting used “the wrong choice of words.”