‘You’re developing into an enemy of the people’ – Twitter roasts Terry Crews over #BLM comment

Novieku Babatunde Adeola Jul 1, 2020 at 08:30am

July 01, 2020 at 08:30 am | Entertainment

Novieku Babatunde Adeola

Novieku Babatunde Adeola | Staff Writer

July 01, 2020 at 08:30 am | Entertainment

Photo: Globalnews.ca

Actor and TV personality, Terry Crews, has been lashed out after an ‘insensitive’ comment he made about the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. In a tweet, the 51-year-old America’s Got Talent host said that the value of black lives should not be placed higher than other races as the movement continues.

“If you are a child of God, you are my brother and sister. I have a family of every race, creed, and Ideology, ” Crews tweeted. “We must ensure #Blacklivesmatter doesn’t morph into #blacklivesbetter.”

His comment caused a stir on social media with many describing it as “racist, unintellectual and irresponsible”.

In the midst of the social media uproar, Crews was educated that the Black Lives Matter movement is not intended to catapult the lives of black people over other races, but it is simply about equality and fairness.

In a swift response to his tweet, Martin Luther King’s daughter, Bernice King, said: “#BlackLivesMatter is, in part, a rallying cry and a protest slogan to galvanize to people into doing the justice work to derail deaths, dehumanization, and destruction of Black Lives that racism causes. Justice is not a competition.”

Activist Amanda Seales tweeted, “This is unintellectual and irresponsible, you’re developing into an enemy of the people. Ignorance will be your downfall.”

While many have castigated Crews for his stance on the Black Lives Matter movement, a section of his followers applauded him for his honesty.

“You are a good man, Terry Crews. You are a man of carefully measured words, even in the face of dismissive, angry voices,” a tweet read. “Moderation is too often looked upon now as traitorous when in reality you are trying to get people to see clearly through their righteous anger.”

This is the third time this year and second this month that Crews has come under a heavy public backlash on social media for his comments.

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America’s got talent season 13 judges and host, Terry Crews_Photo: TVLine

In January, Crews described as “untrue” comments by former America’s Got Talent judge, Gabrielle Union who stated there were racist and sexiest behaviors hovering within the popular talent competition. He later apologized.

He also defended his initial remarks earlier this month on “equality” in the face of recent protests.

“I was not saying Black supremacy exists because it doesn’t. I am saying if both Black and White don’t continue to work together – bad attitudes and resentments can create dangerous self-righteousness. That’s all,” Crews said.

See more reactions below:

Gah. You could have left out that last sentence. No one wants to be better. We want to be treated fairly and equal.

— Melody Kewl (@Being_Melody) June 30, 2020

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