The social media backlash was swift.
Actor Terry Crews is once again the crosshairs of controversy following a string of tweets her posted over the weekend. Over the past week, Crews has been going back and forth with both fans and foes over his response to a New York Times opinion piece by human rights lawyer Derecka Purnell. Because Purnell is a woman, Crews claimed that she isn't qualified to teach young men how to develop. Then a few days ago he sent out a tweet that said children of same-sex parents would become "severely malnourished" when it comes to being loved.
Crews went on to write about Purnell, "You can speak with us— just not FOR US. There is a big difference." This sparked a debate within his comment sections, and folks were not pleased. The actor spoke freely on his views regarding the importance of fathers being in a child's life, along with the partnership of a mother in the household. "I’ve reiterated many times that same-sex couples and single parents can successfully raise a child," Crews said. "But I believe paternal AND maternal love are like vitamins and minerals to humanity. No matter where you get that paternal and maternal love. MY purpose is to give paternal love."
After reading the ongoing comments, Crews agreed that he was possibly offensive with the words he chose to use. "I apologize to anyone who was hurt by my 'severely malnourished' tweet," Crews wrote. "It was in response to someone who said kids wouldn’t 'starve.' It was poorly worded so I deleted it."