Those of you betting on ex-Squidbillies voice actor Stuart Daniel Baker (aka stage name Unknown Hinson) to not address his firing from the Adult Swim series over racist, sexist, and other offensive comments posted and directed at country music legend Dolly Parton and the Black Lives Matter movement, better luck next time. Two days after the news of Baker's firing from his 12-season run as Early Cuyler broke, Baker posted the following now-deleted response to his firing:
"Folks, I've been fired from my Cartoon Show, lost my endorsements and my chance of ever being booked by any Music Venue as Unknown Hinson again. I just hope you a**holes are happy you took a good Man and talent down. You succeeded. Be proud that you ruined a person's life all because of [the] Freak Show called 'Dolly Parton and BLM.' Thanks a lot. I gave my best to you assholes for over 30 years. I guess you just love to kick someone when they're down. That's so twisted and perverted. Again, thanks! I'll remember you bastards!"
Series creators Jim Fortier and Dave Willis posted an official statement on Sunday via Twitter to announce Baker's firing: "We're aware of the extremely offensive and derogatory social media posts made late last week by Stuart D. Baker. The views he expressed do not reflect our own personal values or the values of the show that we and many others have worked hard to produce over the past 15 years. For those reasons, production of Squidbillies will continue without Mr. Baker, effective immediately" (here's a look at their tweet, from the show's official Twitter account):
— Squidbillies (@Squidbillies) August 16, 2020
Baker apparently took issue with Parton's recent comments in support of Black Lives Matter, in which she also discussed changes she's made to her life to understand her privilege, and how she's looking to be an active, informed ally for the Black community. Baker's responses contained foul language as well as racist and sexist language, as you'll see from the screencaps below (initial compiled by @brutalcountry). The posts and comments in question have since been removed, with Baker's Facebook also going offline for a time before returning with comments removed.