Lucy Lawless proved she can kick butt on and off screen as she set Kevin Sorbo straight on Twitter. The Hercules and Andromeda actor tweeted some groundless right-wing conspiracy theories about the rioters that stormed the American capital. He believes they were disguised members of Antifa.
In true Xena fashion Lucy called him on it, replying:
“No, Peanut. They are not Patriots. They are your flying monkeys, homegrown terrorists, QAnon actors. They are the douchebags that go out and do the evil bidding of people like you who like to wind them up like toys and let them do their worst. #keepingYourFilthyHandsclean #enabler”
Ouch! Sorbo has yet to respond to Lucy’s tweet and I can’t say I blame him. He’s really no match for her. The two actors are worlds apart when it comes to politics. Sorbo is a Trump-supporting Republican whilst Lucy’s bio includes calls for clean energy and shout-outs to the LGBTQi and Black Lives Matter communities.
Though Lawless and Sorbo starred together in a number of Xena: Warrior Princess and Hercules the Legendary Journeys crossover episodes there is a history of Sorbo criticising Lucy and Xena over the years since both shows ended.
In an interview with SFX magazine, he said: I never really watch that show that much, to be honest with you; I didn’t like the fact that, er… there was a big fight with the producers – well, Rob Tapert – who was responsible for Hercules. The idea about Xena was to spin off a series by the end of season two of Hercules would be compatible with it, and what happened was they made her a female Hercules, except a far more violent one! In that show they had two issues that separated it from Hercules: one, it was heavily into lesbianism, as people know, and number two: it was heavily into violence. It was far more violent than Hercules was. She killed 20 people an episode, Hercules killed two people in seven seasons! So, it became much darker and…”
In other interviews, Sorbo went from attacking the Xena: Warrior Princess show to specifically criticising Lawless.
For example, in a 2007 interview with FilmStew, Sorbo whined that Lawless had received a small part in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film (Raimi had previously produced Hercules and Xena.)
The actor said: “I think Lucy got a small part in it because she’s married to Sam Raimi’s partner, Rob Tapert. She started having an affair with him down in New Zealand. She left her husband and he left his wife of 15 years. So that’s how that whole thing got together.”
The guy is clearly butthurt that Xena was a better show than Hercules.