Dwyane Wade savagely responds to Terry Crews’ apology to Gabrielle Union

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Terry Crews apologized to Gabrielle Union for not supporting her after news broke that sexism and racism played a major role in her getting axed from America’s Got Talent.

“I told @KevinHart4real a while ago, he needed 2 ‘acknowledge the pain of other people.’ Right now I have to do the same thing. I want to apologize for the comments I made. I realize there are a lot of Black women hurt and let down by what I said and also by what I didn’t say,” Crews began in his tweet thread, apologizing to the actress on Friday.

He then acknowledged that he failed to look at things from Union’s point of view and explained why he dismissively rejected the angry criticisms people launched at him for not being supportive.

“I hear you, I respect you and understand you. I am sorry and I am here to support you. I spoke from my own personal point of view without first taking into consideration someone else’s experience,” he wrote. “I allowed disrespectful comments directed at me and my family to cause me to react angrily instead of responding thoughtfully. This certainly caused more harm, and it is my hope that I can amend any pain I have caused to those who were hurt by my words.”

He also accepted responsibility for invalidating Union’s experiences and commended her for being a role model who has “been through a lot.”

Though Union did not respond to Crews herself, husband Dwayne Wade didn’t bite his tongue.

“Someone please take @terrycrews phone,” Wade wrote on Twitter.

People online were also less than receptive to Crews’ apology. Many reminded him of Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s position that silence and neutrality only help the oppressor.

“Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we have to interfere,” Twitter user @SFrenchLee wrote, quoting Wiesel.

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Tiffanie Drayton

Tiffanie Drayton

Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.