Last month it was celebs opining on Israel/Gaza and getting trolled on social media for their trouble. This month it's welcome to Ferguson, Mo., and let the insults fly.
Thursday's toxic opinion, expressed bluntly on social media, comes from Kevin Sorbo, the former star of sword-and-sandals pictures such as Hercules and Meet the Spartans, who's known as a Christian conservative. He posted a rant on his Facebook page, seeming to blame the Ferguson "riots" on President Obama and African-American "animals" and "losers."
"Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man. It is an excuse to be the losers these animals truly are. It is a tipping point to frustration built up over years of not trying, but blaming everyone else, The Man, for their failures. It's always someone else's fault when you give up. Hopefully this is a reminder to the African Americans (I always thought we just Americans. Oh, well.) that their President they voted in has only made things worse for them, not better."
Well! This did not go over well with all. The word "racist" was mentioned.
Some people even delivered their critiques with ironic barbs:
And so on. Sorbo's views may be especially brutal but he's not the only celeb opining about this and that lately, including Ferguson.
Ever since the Aug. 1 shooting death of black teen Michael Brown by a white cop in the mostly black suburb of St. Louis, some bold-facers have weighed in with comments ranging from thoughtful and mournful to incoherent and racist.
African-American entertainers, such as Jesse Williams and Lauryn Hill, have been especially outspoken, expressing outrage at the shooting and subsequent unrest, and at the media coverage of both.
Today, for instance, Mad Men's Jon Hamm, a native of St. Louis, spoke out for the protesters while promoting Million Dollar Arm in London, saying he found the unrest difficult to watch but hoped that Ferguson would come through it "stronger."
Last week, Grey's Anatomy star Williams went on CNN to lecture Wolf Blitzer on how the media is getting the story all wrong. And Hill is just one singer who's reworked lyrics to some songs to allude to Ferguson.
Saying something perceived as racist is not good for a career if you want all those people you disparage as "animals" to come to your movies.
"Race is the cyanide pill of crisis management," says noted crisis manager Eric Dezenhall of Dezenhall Resources in Washington. "The recovery rate from racism, real or imagined, is close to zero." Just ask Paula Deen.