Terry Crews criticised for saying children of same-sex parents are ‘severely malnourished’

Terry Crews attends IMDb LIVE At The Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards® Viewing Party. (Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for IMDb )

Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Terry Crews has apologised after comments he made about single and same-sex parents came under fire.

On February, 25th, 2019, actor and America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews tweeted a link to a New York Times opinion piece called ‘Why does Obama scold black boys?’ in which he took offence to the piece being written by a woman.

The actor tweeted: “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?”

Crews’ tweet was criticised for being misogynistic, which Crews denied.

Responding to a user who said his previous comments threw women out of the conversation, Crews said: “I REPEAT: Women can speak with us. Just not FOR US.”

As Crews tried to justify his comments, things then turned to same-sex and single parents in an attempt to reinforce traditional gender roles.

In a now-deleted tweet, Crews tweeted: “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.”

When a Twitter user replied to say that “Love is not gendered. A child will not starve with only one gender loving them,” Crews abruptly responded with “But they will be severely malnourished.”

The exchange was shared on the social media platform by @astdelagrange who tweeted: “Wonder if any of the #BrooklynNineNine cast are going to address the disgusting things Terry Crews is tweeting.”

Terry Crews tweeted that children of same-sex and single parents were "malnourished". (@astdelagrange / Twitter)

Terry Crews tweeted that children of same-sex and single parents would be “severely malnourished”. (@astdelagrange / Twitter)

The initial exchange was quickly deleted by Crews, but users were quick to comment when they resurfaced.

In response to a Twitter user calling Crews a “misogynist, homophobic asshole,” the actor tweeted: “you apparently thought I was your puppet. But I have a mind of my own, and can see and think very clearly.

“The “phobic” tag is the most feared public tag next to racist. I don’t fear it because I am neither.”

Responding to the backlash of his previous tweets, Crews tweeted an apology saying: “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.”

However, in response to social media influencer and model Emily Sears saying that she was sad about his comments and lack of accountability, Crews replied with “thanks but I don’t need your backing, support or help for me to grow.”