The back-and-forth came five months after Hughley sat down with VladTV and criticized Crews for not defending himself when former Hollywood agent Adam Venit allegedly groped his genitals at a party. Crews sued Venit, they settled out of court and Venit retired.
In his interview, Hughley said with Crews being so muscular he should’ve defended himself, which the “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” actor responded to on Jan. 27.
“You @50cent @unclerush and @tariqnasheed have decided my sexual assault was hilarious, whereas there are a whole generation of Black women and men who don’t think it’s funny,” wrote Crews. ABUSERS PROTECT ABUSERS but they MOCK SURVIVORS as well.”
D.L. then doubled down on his opinion that Crews should’ve “slapped the sh– outta” Venit, and the actor asked if he should do the same to D.L..
Then on Tuesday, Jan. 29, during the “D.L. Hughley Show,” the comedian had a theory on why Crews brought up the old interview, which was published in August 2018, and it had to do with the actress Gina Rodriguez.
As reported, Rodriguez has been in hot water with some in the Black community for a few reasons.
In Sept. 2018, she cut off actress Yara Shahidi after Shahidi was asked what it was like to be a role model for Black women. And in during a November 2018 dicussion Rodriguez said Black women make more than Latinas, a claim for which she was heavily criticized.
Rodriguez spoke about the backlash during a Jan. 22 interview on “Sway in the Morning” and broke down in tears. She also denied being anti-Black and said the accusation was extremely hurtful.
Afterward, Crews defended Rodriguez, got blasted by a lot of Black women, then apologized, which Hughley brought up.
“I’m sure many of you saw the Twitter exchange between Terry Crews and myself,” D.L. began. “Maybe it’s a coincidence that earlier that week he been getting a lot of heat for his defense of Gina Rodriguez and Black women had come after him on Twitter.”
D.L. then denied that he was coming down on Crews for not physically retaliating against Venit, saying was speaking about what he would do in that situation.
“I’m not victim shaming,” he stated. “You call it toxic masculinity, I’ll call it survival.”
You can listen to the rest of his comments below.