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Twitter Reminds Terry Crews It's Not Just His Wife Who's Given Him 'Wings' After BS Tweet Seemingly Directed At Gabrielle Union

Crews says he'll allow their partners to do that job amid backlash for not supporting Gabrielle Union.

America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews is receiving online blowback for a wayward need to assert that he only needs to protect his wife after throwing Gabrielle Union under the bus. 

While many were still mourning the late Kobe Bryant, the former Everybody Hates Chris actor sent a tweet described by him as an “Ancient Flint Michigan proverb.”

“I’m a hog. You’re a chicken. Just ‘cuz you gave me eggs— Don’t mean I owe you bacon” the so-called proverb read. Infer as you may. It's worth noting that Union backed Crews in December 2017 when he alleged he was sexually assaulted by a Hollywood agent. 

The post highlights a recurring conversation about the lack of willingness among some Black men to be allies for Black women. As the tweet went over poorly with so many, Crews decided to fan the flames to astronomic levels with his ode to his longtime wife, Rebecca King-Crews. 

“There is only one woman on earth I have to please. Her name is Rebecca,” the tweet states.

In the same tweet, Crews also said “not my mother, my sister, my daughters. I will let their husbands/ boyfriends/ partners take care of them.”

Last Friday, Union, who is married to NBA star Dwayne Wade, thanked people in her corner and said their support "gives [her] wings." The last line of Crew's tweet paralleled this message from the former AGT host.

Crews said his wife Rebecca gives him “wings” in an obvious slight to Union's Friday tweet. One would think this was a different Crews than the one that said Black women were the only ones who had his back after he spoke out about being sexually assaulted.

Twitter users rushed to the mic. Among the more notable was from a user who replaced the name of Crews' wife with none other than that of Beyoncé. 

Union decided to take the high road and didn't directly engage. 

As an investigation is still underway into Union's allegations, the actress has been quiet about her reported firing from the NBC talent show. Among her allegations were those of racial discrimination, misgendering of contestants and indoor smoking on set from the show's executive producer Simon Cowell, as Blavity previously reported. Last week, however, Crews, while on 3rd Hour Today, responded to questions about the "toxic atmosphere" behind the scenes.

"I can't speak for sexism because I’m not a woman but I can speak on behalf of any racism comments," Crews responded. "That was never my experience, in fact, it was the most diverse place I have ever been in my years of entertainment."

He also goes on to say that the allegations were given from an “unnamed source” and that Union still hasn’t spoken out. Crews, known for his role in White Chicks, said he asked his wife what he should do and was told that if “she hasn’t made a statement then why should you?”

Whew, chile. Let’s be clear that you do not have to be a woman to speak out about sexism any more than you have to be black to speak out against racism.

Crews’ comments show a tone-deaf understanding of being an ally and using your voice unless it’s to assist the establishment.

The Being Mary Jane actress addressed the incident in a series of tweets without mentioning Crews directly. 



Charlamagne Tha God honored Crews with the infamous "Donkey of the Day" award on the Wednesday episode of The Breakfast Club, usually given to people who have made an ass of themselves. Catch a few cackles from his take below.

At this point, we can surmise that Crews doesn’t understand what it means to support loved ones without feeling like it’s bacon from his hog-esque back, and we're gonna drag that hog 'til we can't no more. 

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