Scott Baio Tweets Michelle Obama Joke, Gets Death Threats

04/22/2010 05:14 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Former 'Happy Days' star Scott Baio says he is receiving death threats over Twitter after posting an unflattering photo of Michelle Obama with an insulting caption.

Baio is a vocal Republican who had been tweeting breathlessly about Scott Brown's victory before he made this attempt at a joke about the first lady.

"WOW He wakes up to this every morning," Baio tweeted, along with this photo:

His followers were not amused and began leaving him instructions to kill himself and calling him a racist idiot and worse. Baio did himself no favors by trying to prove his lack of racism.

"I'm NOT racist for posting a pic of M.O. My WIFE'S BEST FRD IS BLACK,HELLO" he tweeted.

And: "Do I look like I'm racist? This is Renee's BEST frd. STOP USING THE RACE CARD!!!" Here is a picture Baio tweeted of himself with said black person:

Further evidence of his tolerance of black people: "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"

Baio later tweets that his following has swelled to 5000 because "people love to hate." He leaves us with a promise that the FBI is after all death threaters and this:

"For New followers: I POST A LOT OF JOKES WITH PICS. They are JUST that, a joke. NOT targeting anyone. Laughter IS the best medicine."