Former "Happy Days" and "Joanie Loves Chachi" TV star Scott Baio has received death threats for a joke he made on Twitter about Michelle Obama.
Baio on Tuesday tweeted an unflattering picture of the First Lady with the caption, "WOW He wakes up to this every morning."
According to FoxNews.com, this immediately resulted in hostile attacks from other Tweeters including threats on the actor's life (h/t NBer nwahs):
Outraged users reportedly responded with angry Tweets such as “Scott Baio should be PUT DOWN and someone will PUT YOU DOWN.YOU; your WIFE and KID." Another Tweeter even went as far as to alter an image of Baio’s young child with the caption “this is what Scott Baio wakes up [to]." That photo has since been removed.
Apparently this all started after Baio posted support for Republican Scott Brown in Tuesday's Massachusetts special election.
It appears making a joke about Mrs. Obama went too far in some folks' minds.
For his part, Baio tried to defend himself while revealing the double standard concerning the difference between what is acceptable to say about a woman depending on whether she's a liberal or a conservative:
"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." [...]
“HATRED or RACIST??- Jennifer Lopez Calls Sarah Palin a Crazy B*tch on George Lopez Show!!!!," he posted. Lopez used the description "la cabrona," which is Spanish slang for “b**tch.”
Yes indeed, Scott.
Jokes about the former Alaska governor, regardless how crude or vicious, are highly encouraged; anything derisive concerning the First Lady is verboten.
Hope you learned your lesson.
That said, let's pray nothing happens to Baio...or Joanie is going to be very unhappy.