Actor and activist Terry Crews angered many on Saturday night when he argued that kids suffer when raised by same-sex parents.
The online conversation began when Crews criticized a female New York Times writer for a story on Barack Obama scolding young black men. The Twitter conversation continued with a discussion of gender and Crews tweeting, "Women can speak with us. Just not FOR US."
As GayStarNews points out, Twitter users said women shouldn't be excluded from conversations on raising men. Crews responded by saying, "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. No matter where you get that paternal and maternal love. MY purpose is to give paternal love."
A Twitter user replied, "love is not gendered. a child will not starve with only one gender loving them."
Crews's response: "But they will be severely malnourished."
Reaction was swift, prompting Crews to delete the comment and apologize.
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.
— terry crews (@terrycrews) March 1, 2019
Crews has continued tweeting on the subject for hours, not backing down from his assertion that male and female role models are necessary for well-rounded children. Meanwhile, numerous studies show the opposite.