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Kevin Sorbo doesn’t deserve the backlash

I am extremely tired of reading sp1009462_0and hearing the hateful, vulgar, misinformed rants by individuals and media regarding Kevin Sorbo’s recent comment about the Ferguson riots on his Kevin Sorbo Official Facebook Page. People who don’t even know who he is use their bandwagon mentality to denigrate him for the sole purpose of receiving their five minutes of fame.

Well, haters, your time is over and your idiocy speaks more volumes about you than about him.

Let me tell you about the Kevin Sorbo I know so that you can put this in perspective. If you need to read more about him personally and professionally, I refer you to his IMDb page, his Official Website, the Official European Kevin Sorbo Fan Club website, Sorbos-Tribute, Sorbo Dreams and the plethora of websites and blogs dedicated to him. Additionally, his book, True Strength: My Journey from Hercules to Mere Mortal–and How Nearly Dying Saved My Life, provides information about his past and present, as well as inspires readers to overcome all obstacles.

This is the Kevin Sorbo I know – a man who inspires me.

Kevin unselfishly helps others in various ways. He supports numerous charities like the Starkey Hearing Foundation, The Rose Brucia Educational Foundation, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Stand Up to Cancer, Celebrity Fight Night Foundation and many more. He is the spokesperson for the Afterschool Alliance and spokesperson and former Board Chairperson for A World Fit For Kids!

Kevin remains very active in movies and television and oversees his own production company. He constantly travels the world, seeking new adventures while working on multitudinous projects.

Kevin enjoys appearing at Sci-Fi, Comic Con and other conventions because he loves interacting with his throngs of fans. And no matter what he is doing or where he is, he always takes time to say, “Hello,” or converse, shake hands, sign autographs, and have fans snap photos with him. He is never too busy for his fans!

Kevin has a wife and three young children. He’s a dedicated husband and father, and he and his wife, Sam, home school. He is rarely away from home for more than two weeks at a time despite his hectic schedule. His family is more important to him than anything.

This is the Kevin Sorbo I know – a man who lives life to the fullest.

I started this blog for fans to write about how Kevin has impacted their lives, share their artwork, meet each other no matter the different languages and cultures, and express their love for him. Stories ranged from something as simple as how a now-married couple met at a convention where Kevin was appearing to an uplifting tale of a woman who used an autographed picture he sent to her to overcome an illness and walk again.

I have my own stories, too, ones that concern Kevin professionally and personally.

He was my first “big celebrity” face-to-face interview in 1997 during his press junket for “Kull, the Conqueror,” when I was a young, inexperienced newspaper reporter. He was imposing and handsome, yet, kind and genuine.

We spoke years later when I covered his first Kevin Sorbo Celebrity Golf Tournament for a different publication. I wove that interview into many other articles elsewhere, and whenever I needed an updated quote, he obliged if time permitted.

When I experienced some personal hardships, he expressed hope, encouragement and faith that life would get better, and it did. I shared with him some not-so-great news and he prayed with me, which really helped me to overcome my fear.

This is the Kevin Sorbo I know – a man whose compassion has no boundaries.

Kevin Sorbo does NOT deserve the nasty, cruel, ridiculously inane backlash for a comment borne out of frustration. He loves his country and is a truly patriotic American. And as same, I understand his frustration at witnessing what can be minimally described as lawlessness… and I don’t mean the citizens of Ferguson reacting to the death of a young man… I mean the looters, thieves, antagonists, and even murderers who took advantage of a volatile situation for their own selfish gains.

So, Kevin spoke about it. So what? Didn’t we all? And if you believe that Kevin’s comment was racist and that he is a bigot then either you only saw what you wanted to believe or you jumped on the bandwagon with the other five-minutes-of-famers and used your pathetically minimal knowledge of the English language to insult him. Your parents must be very proud.

Kevin later deleted his post and issued a sincere apology, but, many of you still want your five minutes; I feel sorry for you. The internet is a vast, amazing knowledge source, yet many people choose to expand their mastery of disgusting words instead of their minds, and they have unfairly unleashed their dismal hobby on Kevin.

Kevin is decent, kind, compassionate, generous, intelligent, funny and interesting. He has flaws like the rest of us, but, that doesn’t make him a target – it makes him human.

That is the Kevin Sorbo I know.

Haters will hate; judgmental people will judge; deadbeats will sit in their glass houses and cast stones. The rest of us will continue with our lives and love the Kevin we know.

(Image courtesy of Kevin Sorbo)

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  1. August 23, 2014 at 2:01 am

    You are absolutely right. I read his
    Post and he was right. Like I said
    Am African American and I did not
    Find it offensive. For one not all black
    Come from Africa. Some were based
    Here in the USA back then. And he is
    An okay person. Like I said people
    Need to look in the mirror at them
    Self. They just wanted to direct their
    Anger at someone and Mr. Sorbo was
    It. Remember God does not like ugly
    And he also say”vengeance is mind”.
    Leave Kevin alone!

  2. teresa sanchez
    August 23, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Hi Jan, I totally agree with you, we know who and how is Kevin, the rest does not matter.

  3. Joanne
    August 23, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I highly agree with you that anyone that wants to bad mouth Kevin Sorbo, should have their heads examined and do a personal check of themselves. He has never in my life time been either disrespectful to or about anyone and surely loves his fans and his family. This man does not deserve what evil was said about him. “Vengeance is mine saith the Lord.” So they will get theirs when the Lord returns and I feel sorry for them. They will be held accountable for what they said. God help them.

  4. rhondagemini
    August 23, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Jan,this was a well written article and I agree with you 100% Not only does Kevin not deserve the backlash he got,I really don’t think he needed to apologize for what he said-if someone disagreed,they should have said so respectully and moved on! Kevin is a wonderful person who cares about this country and what is happening to it.

  5. mray.austin@gmail.com
    August 23, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    What on earth did he say? What can he say – for that matter, what can *anybody* say? Only the policeman and other eyewitnesses know exactly what really happened.

    Best Regards,

    Michael Ray

  6. Kathryn Anne garrett
    August 23, 2014 at 2:47 pm

    Hi jan
    I totally agree , ppl don’t like those speaking what they feel , without twisting it around , and ppl don’t like hearing truth
    The Kevin I’ve known and loved for the past 20years is a kind and thoughtful person ,
    I’ve Been lucky enough to meet him too! And he’s alway made me feel relaxed you never feel nervous around him ,
    And he is a loving family man to Sam and his three children
    We love you Kevin xx

  7. Megalona
    August 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I so agree. Very well written. Love it all! Thanks for this Jan. Needed to be said.

  8. Dessy
    August 25, 2014 at 3:59 am

    Kevin Sorbo has always been a honest, caring, forthright man… full of compassion, kindess and a heart as big as all outdoors. He and his wife, Sam, have done so much, given so much to worthy causes, to charities… have inspired with his books and words. I don’t even know the full story. But what I see is that he sincerely apologized for whatever it was. And given that I am human like him, I am fully inclined to say accepted and go on admiring the man, the actor, the writer, the inspiration for so many. I’ve met Kevin. He has always taken time for his fans, hugged them, joked with them, stopped for pictures and has given back over and over again for what he was been given. I loved him as Hercules in Hercules the Legendary Journeys and have admired, respected and loved the man since. I do not plan on changing …ever. I stand behind and beside this man as being an honest human being. Y’all are human .. right? Have you ever been wrong? Have you ever erred? If you haven’t ever … then throw your stones. But I’ve never met one person that did not at the end of the day, live in a big ole glass house! Keep on rockin’ Kevin David Sorbo .. From Dessy

  9. August 25, 2014 at 4:39 am

    Kevin Sorbo is one of my favorite ppl. He is Hercules’ friend so therefore he’s one of the magical ppl I look up to.

    He sings, he helps kids, he also inspired me w/ his book in many ways, the biggest being “While we don’t have all we WANT, we must learn to be happy with what we HAVE before we can get what we want. Be thankful for what’s in front of you FIRST, then follow your dreams, but never STOP dreaming/believing” That is the biggest lesson I took from that book.

    Sam & him are active in health & fitness & educating children…pretty awesome stuff.

    He cares, he listens to ppl & he even goes around the world talking about how he got sick, how it effected him & how he recovered w/ his wife’s love & help & he just wants ppl to be healthy AND happy.

    He talks to fans & like the author of this blog says he takes pix & talks to u & my friends Jan & Gina say he remembers u once he’s met u! That makes him a pretty remarkable guy.

    Anything I read on his page that doesn’t fit me, I scroll down past, so no biggie & at the end of the day, he’s still cool as long as he’s never mad at me! 😛

    He may not be made out of Zanny like Hercules is but he is special & does have some magic powers in his own right and a ROCKING singing voice if I didn’t say that. He’s not going to blast someone intentionally unless there’s concrete reason. I’m a member of the Oficial European Kevin Sorbo Fanclub & ALL those other pages that the author listed.

    Some of his jokes are bust-a-gut funny! #LuvYaKevin!

  10. August 25, 2014 at 4:44 am

    Reblogged this on tinkerbell15 and commented:
    Um, oops I had wrote a comment talking to anyone who might read this, but I wanted to reblog bc I SO WHOLE HEARTEDLY agree w/ everything she said here! I hate haters especially when a comment was taken out of context & misconstrued. #KevinSorboRocks He is #Hercules’ friend even if K.S. is NOT made of Zanny.

  11. janalie besoff
    August 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    He’s a good man. Riotting is wrong as innocent people suffer, just an excuse for thieving. Some people just want to whinge. Hang in there.
    Sorry to hear you are copping flack.

  12. Doug Mertaugh
    August 26, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Agreed. He mentioned in a recent interview that he has been working with kids, 90% African American and other minorities, in California’s number one Children’s Program for 17 years which is a heck of a way to show your a racist but people won’t focus on 17 years of quiet positives but one poorly worded minute of negative.

  13. August 27, 2014 at 1:46 am

    Yep, when u r right nobody remembers, when u r wrong, nobody forgets. 😦

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