Terry Crews is brave enough to acknowledge his wrongdoings!
The Hollywood heartthrob, best known for his muscular physique and portrayal of Alpha male TV characters, took several hits from the Black community over his stance on the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.
Two years later, the 53-year-old Michigan native has owned up to his controversial statements during an emotional interview on Trevor Noah‘s “The Daily Show.”
Terry Crews Issues A Heartfelt Apology To The Black Community For His Infamous BLM Tweets
Following George Floyd’s death in 2020, the United States witnessed a nationwide racial justice protest against the cruel treatment of the Black community.
At the time, the “Everybody Hates Chris” star shared a series of tweets addressing the situation, which many saw as derogatory to the Black Lives Matter movement.
In his statements, the former NFL defensive end stated that fighting against White supremacy without the inclusion of White people would create “Black supremacy,” noting that equality was the only way to move forward.
The father-of-five continued by characterizing any Black person who referred to him as a “coon or Uncle Tom” under the “Black Supremist” label.
According to Crews, those who insulted him for his stance on equality were biased because “they have determined who’s Black and who is not.”
Before his heart-to-heart conversation with Noah, the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star defended his tweets by assuring fans that his words came from “love and reconciliation” for the Black community and the whole world.
The Michigan native noted people should not be motivated to take action as one mind; instead, each individual had to address the matter and not “suffer from groupthink.”
In conclusion, the “Manhood: How to Be a Better Man-or Just Live with One” author clarified that he believed everyone created by God was related no matter the color of their skin. The TV personality wrote,
If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have a family of every race, creed, and ideology. We must ensure #blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.
Although he received the wrath of several fans and celebrities for his message, the “America’s Got Talent” host did not take down his tweets.
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Nonetheless, Crews believed he owed the Black community an apology, admitting that his tweets came from a good place but at the wrong time.
“I’m going to let you know, I really do want to apologize to anybody who was offended by these tweets and was hurt deeply,” the actor said to Noah.
The “Friday After Next” actor explained that as a fellow African-American man, he wanted the Black community to understand that his message should not be perceived as means of glossing over or forgetting the murder of George Floyd.
In stead, Crews confessed that in his advocacy for peace, he hurt others by dropping his tweets at the wrong time. In the TV host’s words,
I just wanted peace. And I guess it goes back to my approval. It goes back to my need for approval, it went back to that. And again, it was a mistake. It was a mistake to tweet that out at that time.
According to the “The Longest Yard” star, his poor choice of words was meant to convey a simple message — that the people needed to come together to make the US one country.
The “John Henry” Star Opened Up About His Toxic Past In New Memoir
As previously shared by The Blast, Crews’ latest memoir “Tough: My Journey to True Power” highlighted the former NFL linebacker’s struggles with toxic masculinity.
As a “former toxic male,” the 53-year-old explained that the term “toxic masculinity” has always been misused, noting that the phrase that resonated with him was the “abuse of power.”
During his successful career, “The Family Crews” star battled depression because he judged his self-worth on the perception others had of him, forcing the actor to go beyond his limits for validation.
This also meant that the Michigan native’s mental health depended on the amount of praise he received. Fortunately, therapy helped the father-of-five realize that “external success must equal inside success.”
In the biography, the “Are We There Yet?” actor gave fans an in-depth view of his personal struggles, from financial problems to overcoming various insecurities.