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A History Of Scott Baio, Newest Romney Donor, Not Being Racist

Editrix loved Chachi Some time in the distant sworls of misty time, Mitt Romney’s newest backer (to the tune of 10,000 simoleons), Scott Baio, of Joanie Loves Chachi, sent out a “funny” tweeter of Michelle Obama, and he was all like U UGLY LOL and other tweeterers called him racist, even though he didn’t call Michelle Obama a monkey or photoshop her in a bucket of fried chicken OR ANYTHING! Join us for a trip through Scott Baio not being racist, where it says “read more.”

  • “I’m NOT racist for posting a pic of M.O. My WIFE’S BEST FRD IS BLACK,HELLO”
  • “Do I look like I’m racist? This is Renee’s BEST frd. STOP USING THE RACE CARD!!!”
  • “If I’m racist, don’t think I would have Directed shows like The Parkers & The Wayans Bros. or worked 41 eps w/ Victoria Rowell on D.Murder”

As the fine folks at Videogum have been known to say from time to time: HE RESTS HIS CASE.


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  1. Limeylizzie

    Rebecca, you need to check out his wife's Tweeter feed, she is vile! I think it is @mrsscottbaio

    1. actor212

      Seriously? Her feed is MrsScottBaio?

      Um, I always thought you wanted your Twitter feed to have a bit more permanence, and marriages in Hollywood are about as perishable as a souffle.

      Indeed, it is @mrsscottbaio

      1. MissTaken

        Demi Moore was @mrskutcher until she left him and went to rehab because he couldn't stop banging everyone. It's the 2010's equivalent of tattooing your honey's name on you. Kiss of death!

    2. MissTaken

      is that the blond chick he knocked up when they did that reality show "Scott Baio is 40 and Single"? She sucked.

      1. kittensdontlie

        Yes she is and she does. They are two peas in a pod. Can't figure out who's rabid-batsh*t crazier. It's a tie. Of course she was pregnant before they were married. " Do as I say not as I do….

      1. UnholyMoses

        No, it's worse: She ripped someone for not spelling correctly.

        I repeat: She went after someone for incorrect spelling.

        On Twitter.


        **blink blink**

      1. Limeylizzie

        Well, he cannot remember the last two days, but the cat scan was clean, they are keeping him in overnight, nothing definite yet, but they seem to think it was a very slight bleed due to high blood pressure, so not as terrifying as I thought this morning. I had a rough few hours there, all his kids were at a wedding in the mountains with spotty cell service, but we managed to fly them home to LA so he has family with him and i am just waiting to see what happens next before I fly back.

    3. OkieDokieDog

      lol I went and read her tweeter stuffs yesterday. Her bio has something about marrying the dream boat of some teen girls from 35 years ago or something like that. She was in a tweeter war with someone over Obama and then she was excited about dinner at some Italian restaurant.

  2. actor212

    Lemme see…."some of my best friends…"? Check. "I work with blahs…"? Check. "You're the real racist"? Check.

    I think he's hit all the high spots. Did I miss any?

        1. widestanceromance

          I'll take your word about 'AD', but withhold comment about 'HD'. And give an upfist just the same.

    1. freddymcmurray

      that plantation was owned by my "investment group" waaaaay after I left the group (jk not really).

        1. freddymcmurray

          oops, should have put quotes around the whole thing, as if uttered by mittens. or his ancestors.

    2. Negropolis

      Plus, how could he be racist? He "directed" black people on his plantation; some of his best workers are black.

  3. Hammiepants

    The utter irrelevance of this cracker goatblowing douchecanoe is amazing. Seriously, does anyone honestly care what he thinks about anything?

  4. Chill_Bill

    “If I’m racist, don’t think I would have Directed shows like The Parkers & The Wayans Bros. or worked 41 eps w/ Victoria Rowell on D.Murder”

    I watched BET once. Ergo, I'm not a racist.

    1. mrpuma2u

      "Yeah I'm not racist, as I have made lots of money off of black people's work, oh wait uh, erp, uh I mean….

  5. KeepFnThatChicken

    He really shouldn't be too alarmed. I know armed liberals, and they'd rather be mad than go to jail for killing a nobody child actor.

  6. Texan_Bulldog

    Scott Baio, Ted Nugent, Chuck Norris. Those Republicans really have A-list fans! (If it were 1970.) Please don't tell me Tony Danza is also a Republican or I'll be crushed.

    1. ASHLEIGH_Joe

      It's tough to tell. The googles do seem to suggest that he's a registered Republican, but a few of his recent appearances suggest that there's more to that story, and it definitely seems like he was an Obama supporter last time around.

      I'm putting him in the "it's complicated" column.

    1. freddymcmurray

      So is Blair from Facts of Life. A Texan nutter to boot. I sent away for her autograph and got a signed photo… with a bible verse written on it. (natch) I treasure it, like I treasure dropping a deuce after eating White Castle.

        1. freddymcmurray

          same here. i'm not even sure i can eat it drunk or stoned anymore. it makes me really sick. i'll never know how i used to be able to kick back some sliders with a dozen Milwaukee's Bests in me. Ah, youth.

  7. Beowoof

    Hey Rush told me Hollywood is full of liberals. Oh I am sorry he meant the Hollywood folks with actual talent.

  8. BloviateMe

    Directed the Wayans Bros.?

    Encouraging the Wayans Bros. in any way is much more offensive than racism.

    1. Crank_Tango

      Don't forget the alleged purse snatcher, who was riding a Grand Mark 2, which as we all know had its accelerator on the left hand side, meaning he could not have been guilty, therefore Scott Bayo is only slightly racist.

      1. Extemporanus

        Brother rear ended the hell outta Pinky Tuscadero in that ol' Grand Mark, which is the main reason why The Fonze is now a tweed blazer-wearing Jewish Prius driver, and his cousin is only slightly racist.

  9. edgydrifter

    After decades of paying money to get laid, Baio has decided to streamline the process and just fuck piles of money. Naturally, then, he is very interested in a Romney presidency.

    1. Texan_Bulldog

      I wonder where he'd get 'piles of money' to fuck since the dude hasn't worked since Joanie Loves ChaChi.

      1. edgydrifter

        He's not fucking American money. If you can lay your hands on them, Somali 1,000 shilling notes are worth about five cents US. A fellow could amass quite a plush fuckpile for less than the cost of dinner and a movie. Plus, screwing African money proves he isn't racist.

  10. kingofmeh

    if you can't even substantiate your non-racism with the old trope "some of my best friends are . . ." but must resort to "some of MY WIFE's best friends are . . .", isn't that proof positive? if you can't even muster the mel gibson defense, then good luck.

    1. LionHeartSoyDog

      I wonder why the Arrested Development folks even hired Baio.
      Maybe they didn't tell him it was a comedy.

    1. pdiddycornchips

      Okay, true Sheldon story.

      I grew up in Vegas, moved to NYC and eventually married an Israeli. When we wanted to have kids, we moved back to Vegas. This was the mid 90's. My wife soon became friendly with another Israeli couple. The guy was a casino ex @ the Sands. He told me how he got the job.

      He was a student @ UNLV and took a job at the Sands as a janitor just to make ends meet. One night, he's cleaning up a conference room and two guys are speaking Hebrew. When they were leaving, he said "Lila Tov" (good night in Hebrew). Soon the elevator opened and Sheldon got off and greeted the two men.
      They mentioned to him that he had a member of the tribe working as a janitor. Sheldon called my friend over and said "That's a job for ni**ers, come see me tomorrow morning". Sheldon fired his boss and promoted my friend to some jr ex job in marketing. He was a freshman in college and barely spoke English.

    2. ASHLEIGH_Joe

      You know, I've always wondered, is there a name for the opposite-sex version of scissoring? Other than dry-humping, I mean, which always seemed an inartful term if it's practiced "to fruition", to use Mlle. Silverman's phrasing.

  11. memzilla

    What's the miracle detergent the Rethuglicans all use to:

    * whitewash Rmoney's record at Bain?
    * get those pesky bloodstains out of the sheets?
    * add the sparkle to Baio's washed-up career?

    It's Klu Klux Kleen!

  12. BklynE

    You can take the boy out of Dyker Heights, but you can't take the Dyker Heights out of the boy…

  13. metamarcisf

    In the history of television, few actors stood out like Scott Baio in "Diagnosis Murder"

  14. MissTaken

    Yesterday's Teen Heartthrob = Today's Rightwing Nutthrob

    Kirk Cameron, I'm looking at you, too.

    1. glasspusher

      Indeed! It's a kiss of death similar to being a high school quarterback or marching band leader. Never seen anyone who was undergo anything other than the long, slow goodnight.

  15. mrpuma2u

    He was actually a decent straight man as a lawyer character on "Arrested Development" Maybe him and Jeanine Turner can host some "career in decline since I became a conservative" cocktail parties. Victoria Jackson and Dennis Miller can stop by.

    1. Crank_Tango

      Or what about Spike, remember him? I guess he was too tough, so they had to go with Chachi instead.

  16. PsycWench

    Bill O'Reilley's phone is ringing "Bill? You remember about how you said black people were well behaved in Sylvia's and everyone jumped down your throat? How does one get out of that situation? I tried all those I'm-not-racist things my tea bagger friends use and it's not working".

    1. kittensdontlie

      He survived but with a severe brain dysfunction. His wife has assumed the disorder by proxy, or something like that..

  17. poorgradstudent

    Let this be a lesson to today's young TV stars. You're better off ending up like Dana Plato than like Scott Baio.

  18. Dr. Nick Riviera

    Chachi says it must be hard being so envious of people with success. He speaks from experience I guess

  19. coolhandnuke


    …" Hey I did lots of blow with Todd Bridges and I have friends like Willie Aames and Kirk Cameron who made me airtight and I did not enjoy those hookups all-through the '80s and '90s. So there I'm not a racist and a gay hater."

    1. Chichikovovich

      "I'm Incompetent? "

      "I don't even know how to spell the name of the people I worked with so non-racist-demonstratingly?"

      "I don't understand the proper use of 'that' to signal the embedded clause in an indirect context?"

      "I don't even know how to properly deploy an apostrophe before an "s" that ends a word? "


      OK, I'll grant Baio this much: it does indeed say a lot

  20. Eve8Apples

    White, old, has-been actor endorses white, old, has-been politician. Slow day in the newsroom.

  21. SorosBot

    Baio not being racist is even less believable than how the new family that moved into the Charles In Charge house when the show jumped to syndication and fired everyone except for him and Aames decided to also hire him as the live-in nanny.

  22. GeorgiaBurning

    He'll be somewhat familiar to a lot of the Mittens base, maybe he can work this gig into "reverse mortgage" commercials or dinner theater gigs.

  23. Dr. Nick Riviera

    See, he's not racist because he doesn't lynch every black man he sees and would rather work with black people than live in a dumpster. PRINCIPLES.

    1. FakaktaSouth

      Ugh I swear, somebody needs to get in charge of his dumb ass reeeal quick like too, cause I had some serious hots on for old Chachi – the way he loved Joanie when they were young and he followed her around and whatnot – I just loved it and now he is making me eat all the ice cream I have from sadness.

        1. FakaktaSouth

          Well, maintenant, c'est parce-que j'ai mange tout l'ice cream and I am sick. Mais aussi parce-que Scott Baio a besoin a fermer sa bouche. Fucking asshole.

  24. MissTaken

    Historians will mark the day that Chachi Baio gave his endorsement as the turning point in the Mitt Romney For President Campaign.

  25. weejee

    Scott, Scott, Scoot. Face it, your portrayal of Bugsy Malone was the pinnacle of your acting career. There was talk you might make a comeback with your role as Pat the Pig in Alice in Reaganland Wonderland but that's all it was, talk.

  26. pdiddycornchips

    My theory may not be scientific but if you look at child actors, twenty or thirty years after their fame peaked, they fit into one of three categories.

    1). Dead from excessive self medication
    2). Deeply damaged (from excessive self medication) but still technically alive
    3). Full on wingnut/holy roller/ preacher

    I bet Scott loves the baby Jesus, is an avid Rush listener and believes that being a dick in the service of the lord is no vice.

    1. viennawoods13

      Ron Howard libel!! (And what have you got against Rush? Oh wait… you don't mean the band. Never mind)

    2. Dr. Nick Riviera

      My husband has a theory that these D-list actors are desperate for money because they don't have work and therefore buy into the "I pay too many taxes" shit

      1. pdiddycornchips

        Rich people complaining about their historically low taxes makes me want to bash their heads in with a baseball bat. I don't of course. That would be wrong.

    3. SorosBot

      And hey, his old co-spar Willie Aames went full-fundie and became Bibleman, star of shitty direct-to-video propaganda movies.

  27. chascates

    I rushed to Still-dead Breitbatrt's 'Big Hollywood' site to get their take but it hasn't made it through the bin yet. However, major hedes reveal:

    HBO's 'Newsroom' Compares Limbaugh, Bachmann to Sex Offenders

    'The Obama Effect' Trailer: Hopeless Messiah Worship

    Obama Campaign Releases Vid of Beyonce Gushing Over Michelle

    Hysterical Hollywood: Roseanne Says Romney Will Bring Back The Confederacy And End All Elections

    and best of all:
    Chinese Opera Set For Comeback

  28. ManchuCandidate

    Chachi was aptly named.

    It sounds close to the Korean word for Penis. This explained why "Joanie Love Chachi" was the highest rated debut in Korean TV history. Also followed by the greatest dropoff in Korean TV ratings once people realized that Joanie didn't love penis, but rather a complete dick.

  29. M. Bouffant

    Mrs. B. tweets:

    Renee Baio ‏@MrsScottBaio
    Wow, my 4yr old spells better than this. Let's not forget he's 1/2 black & 1/2 white, so does that make YOU racists?

    She loves her 4-yr. old so much he's not even in the family Twitter picture.

  30. Negropolis

    BTW, life is not fair. I hear Joanie is living in a trailer park, and that's where Scott should be.

  31. Willardbot9000_V2.5

    It's really not surprising so many of these 80's has beens are Wingnutlicans…I mean, to them it's simple deduction: the last time anyone was dumb enough to hire me was the 1980's..Ronald Raygun was presnit. Therefore, I love Raygun and all of his policies were awesome…I am wingnut, here me fart! (edit: when a wingnut farts and a tree falls down…everyone hears it).

  32. Willardbot9000_V2.5

    You can add David Zucker to that list of has-beens who've seen career declines since becoming wingnuts. That guy hasn't made a funny movie since Naked Gun 2 and his "Scary Movie" series that will not die and that travesty an "American Carol" shows that his well was dry LONG BEFORE his "9/11 transformation" into neconhood. Thankfully, the talented ones of the former group remain outspoken liberals…by the way, the idiot put it all on the line thinking one long film dedicated to "hey Michael Moore is fat" jokes and wingnut pablum would be a success and it of course failed miserably like "Atlus Shrugged"…it just shows the invisible hand thinks conservative films are garbage, too.

  33. wapitiscat

    I'm too lazy to read all the comments and their replies and I apologize if this has been suggested but isn't there a Moran joke in here somewhere?

  34. Limeylizzie

    Keep reading, baby! It can be caused by sexual intercourse, it's not a stroke it's a form of temporary but total amnesia!

  35. cloudchasersakonige

    What was the photo and why are people calling him racist over it? Article is lacking in info

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