I am a huge fan of Terry Crews.
I love how he spoke up about being a survivor of sexual assault and continues to call out sexism in Hollywood and beyond. I love how he showed Black women love for showing up for him after he accused Adam Venit of groping him at an event back in 2017.
But some recent tweets about white actor Liam Neeson have me feeling a way.
Remember: Neeson admitted that he would have committed a hate crime against a random Black man because a female friend of his was allegedly raped by a Black man. That, and he somehow stopped himself from doing that by power walking.
Now, initially, Crews seemed to be on the right side of history and the outrage about Neeson’s statements.
But soon after, it took a strange and disappointing turn with Terry tweeting that where Liam was at that time in his life seemed like a “fork in the road” that people face in the battle between good and evil.
This confusing tweet prompted rapper Wale to shut this all the way down:
Now, I don’t think that Terry was defending Neeson per se, but this this need to normalize and empathize with racists as a form of understanding human behavior, doesn’t sit well with me, Wale and countless others on Twitter who expect better from the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor.
Here are some of these concerns.
Okay but who is going to forgive Terry Crews and DL Hughley for forgiving Liam Neeson for forgiving himself?— M’BlockU (@rodimusprime) February 6, 2019
Answer that geniuses! pic.twitter.com/PicNdDXi9a
Nobody:— Empress LoStrassi Palpatine 🇳🇬 (@RatchetNerd_) February 5, 2019
Terry Crews: pic.twitter.com/HAY7zsLE1J
Terry crews defended gina rodriguez but was arguing with tariq nasheed for hours— 👑 (@patiencesosweet) February 5, 2019
Terry crews was going to slap DL Hughley but he sees Liam Neeson's point of view
Liam Nesson: Yea i went Nigger hunting a couple of times— Orin Kashiki (@Supermari64) February 5, 2019
Terry Crews: its ok man i forgive you i understand
Dylan Roof literally killed 9 black people because he believed that they “rape our women and are taking over our country". Liam don't get a pass on this one.— Cory Provost (@coryprovost) February 5, 2019
Why are we celebrating people for NOT killing Black men? Is that how low the bar is? Liam Neeson hasn’t even acknowledged his words, thoughts & actions were racist. All he’s said is revenge is bad as if it would’ve been revenge if he’d carried out the act, come on man.— ✨Mizzlé✨ (@mizzlywizz) February 5, 2019
I was with Terry Crews until he sided with Liam ... i can’t keep rooting for this man and he keeps doing dumb shit— #EndSARS (@freauxmama) February 5, 2019
Y'all boy Terry Crews rode in with that cape for Gina Rodriguez and says that Liam Neeson was just at a "fork in the road" when walking the streets looking for a random black dude to kill. But he said it's on sight for Russell Simmons, 50 cent, or DL Hughley huh? Lol pic.twitter.com/jjpY5MIqb1— Pedro Rico (@Styl3z_P) February 5, 2019
Miss me with this fork in the road bullshit. He’s talking about murdering someone because there black vis this a dilemma that you’ve ever had to deal with? I don’t understand Terry Crews or the folk defending him. Liam is shit.— i. (@_nopename) February 5, 2019
"Oh, Terry Crews has weighed in on this Liam Neeson mess? Man I know he dropped some knowl..." pic.twitter.com/AHXpHssmbJ— Lincoln Anthony Blades (@lincolnablades) February 6, 2019
Terry Crews putting on the soft shoes for Liam. pic.twitter.com/PHTThDN2R7— Snow Bunny Crisis Actor (@ReverendDrDash) February 5, 2019
Black folks all day including Terry Crews have now come to Liam Neeson’s defence.— Nicolas-Tyrell (@iamntyrell) February 5, 2019
Black history month is currently 5 days deep in America
I really like @terrycrews and generally what he stands for but absolutely not. Liam Neeson isn’t it at ALL.— Richie (@RichieBrave) February 5, 2019
Terry Crews is wack for defending Liam period!! Like @Wale said there are black men getting killed, harassed, or beaten all the time because of white men with that same mentality that Liam “had” and that’s a problem.— Qing Tay (@Qing__k) February 5, 2019
I appreciate Liam admitted his racist thoughts and got help but he still uses these awful feelings as "inspiration" to act certain scenes. How is this not problematic??— Frankie Pumps👠👠👠 (@FierceFrankie1) February 5, 2019
Terry Crews is really defending Liam Nesson this morning? pic.twitter.com/L6cbm7hcno— 2020 Sexiest Man Alive (Sike!) (@MichaelHJordan) February 5, 2019
Liam Neeson's emotional response to hunt black men is the same emotional response that killed Trayvon Martin, Emmett Till and countless other POC.— Throwing Hands Dick Energy (@JustJoeyJoeyJo) February 5, 2019