(NEW YORK) — Former Herculesstar Kevin Sorbo is facing criticism after he posted a Facebook rant Wednesday against protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer fatally shot unarmed black teen, Michael Brown. The outspoken political conservative called the demonstrators “animals” and “losers.”
“Ferguson riots have very little to do with the shooting of the young man,” Sorbo reportedly wrote in a post that has apparently since been taken down. “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.”
He also took the opportunity to criticize President Obama in his tirade. “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,” he wrote.
His comments were met with backlash and accusations of racism, prompting the actor to remove the post and issue an apology Thursday on Facebook. He wrote in part, “Okay….I stand humiliated and humbled. My most sincere apologies for my post on the events in Ferguson. I posted out of frustration and anger over the violence and looting. My words were never meant to hurt the African-American community. My use of the word ‘losers’ was directed at those doing the looting and vandalising and violence toward others.”