Justin McClure, the White father of the viral McClure twins, became subject to scrutiny after a few of his past tweets resurfaced with problematic jokes about Black women. Users began to call him out for the racially charged posts because his wife and children are Black. He posted a video on Monday, apologizing for the content with his wife, Ami McClure, and their youngest child.
The father of three explained the tweets as material he used when he was an aspiring comedian before his daughters’ rose to fame. They were posted on the twin’s twitter account, which was formerly used as Justin’s comedy account. The Tweets were erased, but Twitter user @MissZindzi provided screenshots. One of them reads, “Dominican women I know: Ilia, Awilda, Janitsy, Zora. Black women I know: Chandelier, Lasagna, Constellation, Walgreens #whenblackpeoplegetpaid.”
They're deleted, but I saw these online pic.twitter.com/i43r4Ge47Z
— Man of the Decade (@MissZindzi) July 8, 2018
Several users began to uncover other tweets.
And found these little numbers ! IMAGINE being a misogynistic, Homophobic, Ignorant, racist assh*le?? pic.twitter.com/ZSXbyv3meq
— nessie 🇵🇷 (@qveenhq) July 9, 2018
On July 9, Justin McClure said the tweets were before he met his wife and blamed them on being “insecure” and “drunk.” However, it was pointed out that some of the posts were from 2014 and the twins were born in 2013.
Mrs. McClure agreed the jokes were lousy but denied that her husband is racist. “What I dislike is people always brandishing things as someone being racist. Were they bad jokes? Absolutely, but is he racist? I mean, really?” she said in the video explanation. Her husband said he would no longer comment on the “old things” and those comments or questions can be directed toward his wife.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.