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Courting Controversy

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Since she was fired from America's Got Talent, Gabrielle Union has been dedicated to exposing the racism and sexism behind the scenes of the popular reality competition show, sharing her own experiences and helping others share their stories. While many have been supportive of Union exposing the rot behind the scenes at NBC, her former coworker, AGT host Terry Crews, has gone out of his way multiple times to discount her experiences.

Back in January when the news first broke, Crews said that he could not "speak of sexism" because he is a man, but that he "never" experienced any racism on the set of America's Got Talent.

Discounting Union's Experiences

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Crews said:

"In fact, it has been the most diverse place I've ever been in my 20 years of entertainment. The top 10 acts [this past season] were Asian, women, older, younger, black, white, it was everything in the gamut. If you look at what the allegations were about, it was given by an unnamed source."

He later apologized on Twitter, saying:

"@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."

Later, in June, Crews once again apologized, telling Entertainment Tonight that he was the "wrong guy to ask about being on America's Got Talent because I love it."

"I'm looking at this thing from a lens of male privilege. When you're wrong, you've got to just say, 'Hey, I apologize, I'm sorry. Let me get back in here, and let's do this right.'"

Union Speaks Out

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Union addressed the incident while she was a guest on the podcast Jemele Hill Is Unbothered, explaining that Crews has clearly felt more solidarity with NBC than with her struggle as a black woman.

"People hit me all day long and are like, what's happening? And the only thing I know for sure is that Terry Crews gets three checks from NBC. So, I don't know if being worried about job stability — which listen, we all know that if you speak up about racism and white supremacy, you absolutely can be shown the door. I don't know if that's the motivation."

She continued, explaining that even if Crews himself never experienced racism on the AGT set, he could have supported her anyway.

"You don't have to do a press tour where your sole objective is to discredit and malign me. You know, I've been in Hollywood a very long time. There's very little that surprises me, but that was very disappointing for sure."

Not His First Apology

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Ultimately, Union hopes that the internal investigation that she sparked will lead to a "more fair and equitable place of employment."

After Union's podcast went public, Crews once again took to Twitter to apologize for his actions. He wrote:

"This will be my 3rd public apology to Gabrielle Union. If a 4th is needed, I will continue to apologize and push for reconciliation between the world, and more importantly, the culture I grew up in. I'm sorry, @itsgabrielleu #reconciliation"

Is this apology cycle genuine?

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