LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Actress Ellen Barkin waded into political waters Monday after she re-posted a message on Twitter calling for Tropical Storm Isaac to “wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean”.
Barkin, best known for her roles in 1982’s “Diner” and 1993’s “This Boy’s Life” along with more recent turns on TV’s “Modern Family” and “The New Normal”, posted the original tweet from user HighwayStarr on Sunday, just hours before the Republican National Convention was scheduled to convene. Actress Ellen Barkin onstage during the Comedy Central Roast of Roseanne Barr at Hollywood Palladium on August 4, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Highway Star (@HighwayStarrrr) August 26, 2012
Delegates were forced to hold an abbreviated session on Monday in the face of the strengthening Isaac, which threatened to ultimately make its way to the Gulf Coast and possibly arrive in New Orleans as a Category 1 hurricane.
While a re-Tweet is not necessarily an endorsement of the actual post, Barkin did not signal any disagreement with the message in subsequent account activity.
Conservatives on Twitter promptly criticized Barkin for the move.
So what you're saying, Ellen Barkin, is that you want me to drown because I want babies to live? This is "pro woman"? twitter.com/HighwayStarrrr…—
Kelly Clinger (@kellyclinger) August 27, 2012
Katy (@KatyinIndy) August 27, 2012
I'm all those things you hate, @EllenBarkin. A Christian, a conservative, and a black woman who'll be voting Romney-Ryan.—
La Shawn (@La_Shawn) August 27, 2012
Barkin recently targeted the Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints after one of its Salt Lake City, Utah, affiliates opted not to air “The New Normal” for its storyline of two gay men using a surrogate mom to have a baby.
Ellen Barkin (@EllenBarkin) August 25, 2012
The 58-year-old actress called the station’s decision “blatantly homophobic” and even appealed to Lady Gaga fans — known as “Li’l Monsters” – to “clog up” their Twitter account.