Charlie Sheen took to Twitter Wednesday to share his disdain for President Obama’s ESPN March Madness appearance, and after being labeled a “racist” by some news outlets for his use of Ebonics slang terms and a “birther” reference, refused to back down on Friday.
Barry Satera Kenya u won't attend a soldier's funeral uhkros da street that u kild yet u hav time 4 brackets? s a d c http://t.co/KM1in5MPio
— Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) March 19, 2015
TMZ encountered the actor Friday and asked him about the controversy. When pressed about his opinion of the president’s bracket, Sheen unloaded: “I don’t care about the picks, I care about wasting that kind of time.”
When the world is in the state its in right now, it just makes me insane. It’s not cool, not cool. It’s not fair to the families, and to whom we are as a republic. It’s not fair and we deserve better from our President, and I demand it.
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Sheen’s original tweet made a reference to an unknown soldier’s funeral and links to an image of President Obama discussing his “Barack-etology” college basketball picks on television.
His description of the president as “Barry Soetero Kenya” was likely a reference to Sheen’s previously expressed belief that Obama was not born in the United States, but rather in Kenya.
The actor then tweeted a second time, and compared his tweet to a joke he says Obama told a week ago: “I just repeated a joke the president told last week! … So is he bad to?”
In 2011, Sheen said he was skeptical of the President being a natural-born citizen. He told a live audience in Washington, D.C. about a presidential poll which pitted himself against politicians, where he compared himself to the president.
“For starters, I was f—king born here, how about that?” he said. “And I got proof! Nothing photoshopped about my birth certificate.”