Scott Baio Disses First Lady, Gets Death Threats

Actor gets death threats over Twitter diss

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 21, 2010 6:09 AM CST

(Newser) – Scott Baio probably hasn't had this many people gunning for him since Bugsy Malone. The actor posted a picture of Michelle Obama looking a bit crazed on Twitter yesterday with the comment, "WOW He wakes up to this every morning!" He was soon hit by an avalanche of angry responses, including some from fellow Republicans, E! Online reports.

The former sitcom star—whose number of followers quickly exploded to nearly 5,000—posted screenshots of death threats he had received and warned that the FBI had been contacted. "I am NOT making fun of any1," Baio tweeted, posting a picture of a black woman he said was his wife's best friend to counter accusations that he was being racist.

Scott Baio is seen at a 2005 charity event.
Scott Baio is seen at a 2005 charity event.   (Getty Images)
Scott Baio and Renee Sloan pose in the audience during the 2007 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards held at Boulevard 3 on October 2, 2007 in Hollywood, Calif.
Scott Baio and Renee Sloan pose in the audience during the 2007 Fox Reality Channel Really Awards held at Boulevard 3 on October 2, 2007 in Hollywood, Calif.   (Getty Images)
Actor Scot Baio poses at the LG's Mobile TV Party To Celebrate The Launch of LG VX9400  held at Paramount Studios on June 19, 2007 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Actor Scot Baio poses at the LG's Mobile TV Party To Celebrate The Launch of LG VX9400 held at Paramount Studios on June 19, 2007 in Los Angeles, Calif.   (Getty Images)
Scott Baio and guest pose at HollywoodPoker.com's first year anniversary party to benefit the American Red Cross Gulf Relief and the International Hospital for Children, on November 9, 2005 in Los Angeles.
Scott Baio and guest pose at HollywoodPoker.com's first year anniversary party to benefit the American Red Cross Gulf Relief and the International Hospital for Children, on November 9, 2005 in Los Angeles.   (Getty Images)
Scott Baio arrives for the 1st Annual AFMA Honors February 22, 2001 in Santa Monica, Calif.
Scott Baio arrives for the 1st Annual AFMA Honors February 22, 2001 in Santa Monica, Calif.   (Getty Images)
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One bad picture of a woman & everyone wants to bash me? If it had been of Palin ppl would have prob. cheered. I am NOT making fun of any1. - Tweet from Scott Baio

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