Actor Charlie Sheen sent a message on Twitter Thursday afternoon mocking Barack Obama for working on his NCAA tournament bracket instead of giving attention to U.S. soldiers.
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
The tweet, written to sound like Ebonics and intentionally morphing Obama’s name, makes reference to an unknown soldier’s funeral and links to a screen shot of the President on TV discussing his “Barack-etology” bracket for the college basketball tournament.
Sheen amplified attention to his critique with his permutation of Obama’s name, “Barry Soetero Kenya.” Most of the press has taken this flourish as a nod to the Birther movement–those who believe Obama was not born in Kenya, not the United States.
After a deluge of critical news coverage calling Sheen racist, the actor tweeted a second time, comparing his tweet to a joke Obama made about himself. “I just repeated a joke the president told last week!” Sheen said, posting an InfoWars link defending his Kenya quip. Through a combination of hashtag and emoji, Sheen punctuated the tweet with the slang slogan “Keep It 100,” meaning to be 100% honest.
This is not the first time Sheen has flirted with Birtherism. In 2011, he explicitly said he was skeptical of the President being a natural-born citizen and the legitimacy of the birth certificate Obama released to the public.