Thursday, January 21, 2010

Twitterville unhappy with Scott Baio joke about First Lady

Scott Baio may not have meant any harm in his tweet about the First Lady, but his 140 character joke has sparked outrage in Twitterville.

Some Twitterers have even threatened Baio's life over the bad joke and accused him of being a racist.

Now, the actor -- best known for his roles on Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi and Charles in Charge -- is defending his Tweet and denying that he is a racist.

On Tuesday afternoon, Baio tweeted, "WOW He wakes up to this every morning," along with a very unflattering picture of Michelle Obama. (Below is the picture that he included)

The tweet sent the Twitter community into a frenzy with many of his followers firing away hate-filled blasts at the former sitcom star. Many accused him of being racist and his response was, well, quite pathetic.

He defended claims that he is racist by posting a picture of him with his wife's best friend, who happens to be black.

The proud Republican, who tweeted his support for Scott Brown, also pointed out that he directed black sitcoms, The Parkers and The Wayans Bros. C'mon Scott, you can't be serious!?

He shouldn't even be responding to these messages. He's also making it public that he's reporting these people who have threatened him (good for him) and he's retweeted some of the hateful messages directed at him.

It's already been more than 24 hours after the Tweet that started it all, and he's still defending himself.

"For New followers: I POST A LOT OF JOKES WITH PICS. They are JUST that, a joke. NOT targeting anyone. Laughter IS the best medicine," he said in a Wednesday night tweet.

I've come to the conclusion that some celebrities just don't need to be using Twitter. That includes washed up D-list celebs like Baio.

Perhaps he should just delete his Twitter account. Uh, NOW!

***You can read all of Scott Baio's Tweets by clicking here.

1 comment:

Rich said...

Yo Mike, people are definitely over-reacting. I agree with what Baio said that, if he had posted something like that about Palin, people wouldn’t have cared (except for maybe the Palin supportes)... They probably would’ve seen how many jokes/comments they can post about it. His defense WAS lame though, trying to use his wife's best friend (who can get it by the way lol).... But I still don't think he's a racist. Not off of that tweet...

Let's be honest people, that was a terrible picture. In fact, whoever took it and made it public should be charged with treason! LOL