The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and former pro NFL player recently published Manhood, a book about what it means to be a modern man.
The book was reportedly inspired by Crews’ own changes in his thoughts and behaviors when it comes to masculinity in the 21st century.
In the book Crews calls out men for “subscribing to man code” and treating women “like trophies.”
“I think the big thing about feminism is that it scares men.
“[F]eminism is not saying women are better than men. That’s not what’s going. Some people totally see it as that.”
Terry Crews calls out men for how they view themselves and women, saying that men have always viewed themselves as “more valuable” than women, when feminism is itself about “true gender equality.”
Crews does not remove himself from this criticism, admitting that he had at points valued himself more than his wife and kids.
Even though he’s aware his comments are upsetting to some men, Crews said that he will not “be silent” about feminism and misogyny.
“If you don’t say anything [about sexism], you are, by your silence—it’s acceptance. I’m not going to be silent.”
But Terry Crews didn’t stop there.
He went on to address “man code” and what he feels is the way the belief is used to harbor harmful thoughts towards women.
“It’s MAN CODE, dude. Man Code! C’mon.”…but does Man Code work when it’s your daughter who gets raped? Man Code—does that work when your mom gets abused?
Terry Crews also compared the objectification of women to the extremist behaviors of members of terrorist organizations.
“I’m living in the real world and you can drink the Kool-Aid all you want.
“A lot of guys love the Kool-Aid. The sports world is Kool-Aid world.
“[W]hat happens is they win and they go, ‘You know that girl? She’s my trophy. I deserve that girl. In fact, she don’t even want to be with me, but I don’t care. I’m going to take it.’
“What kind of mindset is that? Never never never never never should that ever be accepted. That’s not “code.” That’s Taliban. That’s ISIS.”
Do you think Terry Crews has a point or does the extremist comparison go too far?
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