On Thursday, Oct. 11, “Tia & Tamera” star Tamera Mowry-Housley retweeted a comment by Fox News Channel anchor Greta Van Susteren regarding the contentious debate between Vice President Joe Biden and GOP challenger Rep. Paul Ryan.
The original tweet said, “I think I might turn this off if it were not my job to watch it…the interruptions make it impossible to learn anything.” Mowry-Housley then added the comment, “That’s all I’ma say about the debate. ;) God bless us, everyone.”
A quick negative reaction to that tweet sent Mowry-Housley’s husband, Fox News Channel correspondent Adam Housley, to his Twitter account, @AdamHousley, to defend his bride, starting with, “Seriously?! You attack my wife @TameraMowryTwo because she said people were talking over each other. Then assume who she’s voting for,” followed by, “Then make racist/rude comments 2 @tameramowrytwo because she married a white man who works for Fox?! You should be ashamed of yourselves.”
Website Twitchy captured more of the tweets on both sides. Some of the negative ones are racial in nature, while others refer to Housley’s employer. There are also tweets defending the couple and Mowry-Housley’s right to express her views.
It’s not the first time the interracial sweethearts have come under criticism on the Web, as Mowry-Housley told Zap2it in a story that came out on Wednesday (Oct. 10), referring to negative Internet comments around the time of their wedding in May 2011.
Calling in on Friday, Oct. 12, from assignment following the space shuttle Endeavor on its slow drive through Los Angeles, Housley says of the earlier incident, “That was a few people being stupid. She’s taken a lot of heat online, when we got married and stuff.
“This was a little more disturbing to me. They’re both disturbing — don”t get me wrong, I don’t want to downplay either one — but this really bothered me.
“I felt like, A, she didn’t really give an opinion; B, even if she did, she has every right to that; and C, the stuff that was being said to her and to me, were to blatantly racist and so unfair, and threatening, in some cases.”
According to Housley, he and his pregnant wife — who’s set to deliver their first child, a son, in late October — came home from dinner and turned on both a baseball game (Housley was a professional baseball player) and the debate. After retweeting Van Susteren’s comment, Housley says his wife noticed the negative feedback almost immediately.
“Then all of a sudden,” he recalls, “I started getting tweets, people telling my wife to ‘STFU,’ you know what that means. I didn’t get into a name-calling contest; I didn’t get into a threatening contest. But at the same time, I’m going to defend my wife. I’m going to defend anybody in that situation, but especially my wife.
“You don’t mess with my wife. You don’t mess with my family. That’s just the way it’s going to be. And if it happened again, I’m going to do the same thing over again. You mess with me; don’t mess with my wife or family, especially when she didn’t do anything wrong.”
Housley also says some of the more offensive tweets were later deleted.
“These people are cowards,” he says. “They’re complete cowards, and they’re name-callers, and they’re not the majority of people in this country.”
But, by the end of the evening, Mowry-Housley tweeted, “I’ve actually gained more followers tonight! Love you all!! Have a blessed night guys. Remember fight fire with LOVE!”
“We had people from all walks of life,” says Housley, “come out and basically agree and call people out for that horrible situation, which is unacceptable in this day and age.
“It was great to see that in response, because it made Tamera feel good. That was nice to see.”
Now that the hubbub has died down, Housley has gone back to eagerly anticipating his son’s arrival.
“I’m so excited,” he says. “He can come any day. We’ve got everything ready to go, as ready as you’re going to be. I’m a godfather of five; I have a niece and two nephews. So, I’ve been around kids my whole life. I love kids, and I’m as ready as you’re going to be.
“But I don’t care how much you’ve been around children, it’s never going to be the same when it’s your own.”
Housley says the baby’s room is all decorated, feauturing objects meaningful to both sides of the family. These include memorabilia from Housley’s baseball days and a very special heirloom — a little plane made by World War II prisoners in a Texas POW camp for Housley’s medic grandfather.
Explaining that his grandfather volunteered after Pearl Harbor and had wanted to be a pilot but was rejected for flat feet, Housley says, “The prisoners liked him, because he was nice to them. He did his job; he was a nice man. So, they carved out this really cool toy plane out of metal. My grandpa had it up on his mantel.”
Along with the plane and the baseball items, Housley — a native Californian who’s a Pepperdine grad and a fan of San Francisco’s baseball Giants and football 49ers — says, “We’ve got some quotes from [UCLA basketball] coach John Wooden. We’re as ready as it’s going to be.”
Reminded that, once the baby arrives, he won’t be getting much sleep, Housley — who’s covered stories from Japan to Pakistan — chuckles.
“You know what,” he says, “I keep telling people, that’s the one thing I am prepared for, because I’m used to not getting a lot of sleep.”