The #MeToo movement has inspired many brave men and women to come out with their stories of being victimized by sexual predators. One among them is Terry Crews, whose story of being assaulted by a Hollywood big shot at a public party in the presence of his wife shocked us all.
The multi-talented actor has gone on to speak about his ordeal on many occasions and even testified in front of Congress as part of the hearing regarding the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Bill Of Rights, that Hollywood executive Adam Venit sexually assaulted him. While millions worldwide cheer him on, there are the skeptical few who continue to belittle his journey and story.
He has tweeted an FAQ answers of sorts for these cynics, in which he has answered insensitive questions such as “Why didn’t you say something?” and “Why did you just let it happen?”
Unfortunately for the survivors, these are questions they are still dealt with, and Crews, who is best known as Sergeant Terry Jeffords of ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine,’ has shown them all that he did all the right things.
To the final question “Why didn’t you beat him up?” the actor, athlete and artist simply wrote, “(Sigh).” This is possibly because he has already spoken many time over about being baited into aggressive reaction in the past. The question possibly gets posed to him because of his muscular stature, but not only does it cater to toxic masculinity, it also puts the onus on the victim to be able to protect themselves.
Further, Crews has spoken about how his violent reaction to the incident would have been covered by media as a black man physically assaulting a white man in power. “As a black man in America, you only have a few shots at success, you only have a few chances to make yourself a viable member of the community. I’m from Flint, Michigan. I have seen many young black men who were provoked into violence: They were in prison or they were killed. They’re not here,” he elaborated during his testimony.
Among Crews’ victim-shamers was 50 Cent, who posted a shirtless image of Crews and wrote: “I got raped… My wife just watched.” and in an even more tasteless move, captioned the post “LOL, What the f**k is going on out here man? Terry: I froze in fear, they would have had to take me to jail.”
Despite a severe backlash, the rapper further posted a photo of him sleeping on a couch and captioned it, “This is me recovering from having my sense of humor removed this morning. People are so sensitive, my doctor said l will be fine in six weeks, but my publicist said, if you see any journalist, play DEAD.”