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He told his twins he had received a spanking from the internet.
The McClure twins have amassed more than 1 million subscribers on YouTube by posting cute videos of the 5-year-old biracial children helping a toddler learn to walk, explaining why they’re not fond of their middle names, and declaring why they never want husbands.
But after racist and misogynistic tweets from the twins’ white father, Justin McClure, reappeared, he’s been forced to apologize for his insensitive Twitter comments.
In one of his now-deleted tweets from April 2012, McClure wrote, “Black people can’t say ‘ask’ but they have no problem saying Cadillac Escalade.” In another, he wrote, “Lately I’ve been under the impression… Impression is the black girl I went out with. She loves being on top #blackgirls #ghetto.”
Most of those were written before the McClure twins, Ava and Alexis, were born and all appear to be written before he met and married his wife Ami. But he did write one a year after they were born when he tweeted, “Mark my word … one day a Black woman will name a child Allergies, “My Allergies been acting up lately …. Daaaaamn.”
They're deleted, but I saw these online pic.twitter.com/i43r4Ge47Z— Man of the Decade (@MissZindzi) July 8, 2018
Last week, the family released a video on the controversy when Ami McClure confronts her husband about the racism of his tweets and Justin has to tell his daughters that he had learned his lesson.
“I was just as surprised and shocked by those tweets from previous days as [the public] was,” Ami said. “This is my first time seeing them as well. I did not know Justin during that time period. He did not know me during that time period. … The man that I met and married is the Justin I know today who is the most compassionate person I’ve met in my entire life and who has done a lot of things to change my views on people.”
Justin responded, “I know I’m not a racist. But I look at the things I said, and would a racist person say those things? They would … Somebody like me saying those bad things cannot say it’s not racist if somebody else is so offended that they think that it is. In that case, it is racist. … I cannot decide the impact of something I say just because I know I’m not racist …”
Justin said he tweeted those comments because of white privilege and because of his ego. Ami later admitted in the video that, before meeting Justin, she didn’t like white people and said how much Justin has helped her grow.
As People pointed out, some on Twitter were not happy with Justin’s tweets.
So the McClure twins father is anti-black and has a fetish for black women? I’m so surprised. pic.twitter.com/dBYoThT1Ib— Black Women get killed by cops, too. (@CameraOnAmazon) July 8, 2018
Is there a way to cancel the McClure parents without cancelling the twins?— رينيه محمد 🧕🏾🧔🏾💍 (@Shewrites80) July 11, 2018
Later in the video, Justin discussed the issue with the twins, and they asked why he hadn’t been spanked for his mistakes.
“I did get a spanking,” he said. “I think I got a spanking from the internet. They gave me a big old pow-pow.”
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.