(CNS News) – Kevin Sorbo, star of the 1990s TV series Hercules: the Legendary Journeys, as well as the 2011 movie Soul Surfer and this year’s hugely successful God’s Not Dead, said the people rioting and looting – not peacefully protesting — in Ferguson, Mo., in the wake of the Michael Brown shooting are “animals and losers,” stressing that no one has a right to “burn people’s property or attack other people when something like this happens.”
Sorbo, a Christian and conservative in Hollywood, was criticized by some liberal media, such as The Huffington Post, when he wrote against the Ferguson rioters back on Aug. 20 on his Facebook page. Sorbo had written, “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.”
The Huffington Post, however, ran a headline that read, “’Hercules’ Actor Kevin Sorbo Calls Ferguson Protestors ‘Animals,’ ‘Losers.’” But as Sorbo explained, he did not label the protestors that way; he wrote of the “Ferguson riots.”
In an interview with CNSNews.com, Sorbo said, “You know, people like to sensationalize all that stuff. I had the same thing happen to me when I made a comment about the Ferguson rioters and the Ferguson rioters I called animals and losers — and they are.”
Critics said “Kevin Sorbo is racist, he called the protesters losers and animals, [but] I never called the protesters that,” said the actor/director. “We have a total right to protest in this country. But then, you know, you look at three days later there were two African American officers up in Utah that shot a white man, an unarmed white man, killed him. No news story on that, no rioters on that.”
Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson on Aug. 9. On Aug. 11, an unarmed 20-year-old white/Hispanic man, Dillon Taylor, was shot and killed by a police officer, described as not white, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“We don’t have a right to riot, to loot, to vandal, to burn people’s property or attack other people when something like this happens,” said Sorbo. “I mean it’s just, Martin Luther King’s turning over in his grave. I mean the whole thing Martin Luther King was, you know, his dream was one day to have everybody judge the character of a person not by the color of their skin.”
Sorbo went on to say, “And if you look at people, most of the people that were rioting and stealing and looting, destroying people’s businesses [in Ferguson] that have nothing to do with the murder of this young kid. It’s just, it’s amazing to me, and we sit there and we support that?”
“Oh that’s fine, that’s wonderful?” he said. “And then you look at what’s going on overseas right now. My God, the beheading of children and it’s going on every single day right now and we sit around and go la,la,la,la,la like nothing’s going on. I mean, it’s sad to me where we have our priorities in this country, it’s just sad to me.”
In one of his latest projects, Kevin Sorbo plays Protestant theologian John Calvin in the recently released book and Blu-ray/DVD combo Let The Lion Roar, which explores how the Bible was re-written over the centuries by anti-Jewish writers and explains how Israel and the Jewish people are vital to God’s plan for salvation.
Earlier this year, Sorbo played an atheist professor in the movie God’s Not Dead. The film, made with a budget of $2 million, has generated $64 million in the United States and an additional $25 million overseas.
“Dollar-for-dollar return, I think it is the number one movie in Hollywood this year,” said Sorbo.