In A Must-See Tweet, Terry Crews Called Out Those Who Question His #MeToo Story

"Why didn't you say something?"

Actor and former NFL star Terry Crews earned praise for his recent testimony at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights. However, his choice to share his own #MeToo story and confront the "cult of toxic masculinity" was also the subject of mockery by trolls, as well as criticism from those who question how he handled his alleged assault.

On Friday, Crews tweeted a series of questions people have asked him about the incident, in which he says a Hollywood agent groped him. The inquiries range from "Why didn't you say something?" to "Why didn't you press charges?" 

Although, as he writes, he did most of the things suggested, the questions show how problematic it is to judge a survivor's reaction to an assault, and demonstrates that men can be the targets of victim blaming as well as women. Crews responded to the final question ("Why didn't you beat him up?") with a simple "(Sigh)."

Crews' message has earned over 230,000 retweets and 750,000 likes as of this writing. Actress Gabrielle Union, who previously spoke out against victim blaming by sharing her own story of sexual assault, shared her praise for the tweet, calling out people's "willful ignorance."

As the Huffington Post points out, Crews answered a similar question from Sen. Dianne Feinstein during last week's hearing. Feinstein asked why the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor didn't fight back, considering his size and strength. 

"Senator, as a Black man in America, you only have a few shots at success," Crews replied. "You only have a few chances to make yourself a viable member of the community. I'm from Flint, Michigan. I have seen many, many young Black men who were provoked into violence, and they were in prison, or they were killed. And they're not here."

Fortunately, Crews has the support of his Brooklyn Nine-Nine co-stars, who shared their respect for the actor following his testimony. As Chelsea Peretti tweeted, "supporters need to be louder than those who chose to ridicule him for speaking his truth."

Andy Samberg said in a recent Associated Press interview (via Hello Giggles) that the cast has been texting their support for Crews, adding, "He's a miracle. Terry's the best guy. I am proud to know him."

Hopefully, Crews' choice to speak out will help others in similar situations feel less alone. As he said during his Senate testimony, "All survivors must be protected."

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