The public discourse over Wednesday’s Capitol riots has come to this: The person who portrayed Xena squaring off against the person who played Hercules.
It started on Wednesday with Kevin Sorbo, who played the title character in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, asserting, "ANTIFA led the charge into the Capitol building dressed as Trump supporters."
That's a theory that was almost immediately debunked, and among those weighing in was Matthew Mercer, who is predominantly a voice actor, but appeared alongside Sorbo in the Mythica film series. He declared, "I am so deeply embarrassed to have ever shared a screen with you."
And then, Xena—or, more specifically, Lucy Lawless, who portrayed Xena in the Hercules series and her own Xena: Warrior Princess vehicle—weighed in on Thursday.
Sorbo retweeted a tweet musing that a photo of Capitol infiltrators looked like "Leftist agitators disguised as Trump supporters," and Sorbo editorialized, "They don’t look like patriots to me." (That's despite publications like the Daily Dot identifying Jake Angeli, the central figure in this photo, as a major QAnon figure.)
That's when Lawless jumped in, responding, "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."
Someone jumped to her side, sharing his series of tweets showing excitement and then blaming Antifa for the riots, noting, "Here's the best acting he's ever done."
Lawless, clearly delighted with the clapback, responded, "Oooooh, PEANUT!!!"
Another person posited, 'The fact that Xena was originally meant be killed off on her 3rd episode in Hercules, but instead got a spinoff which became more popular and more successful than the original series, says a lot. This isn’t the first time Lucy Lawless kicked Kevin Sorbo’s ass. Our warrior princess."
The gif of Xena taking Hercules down in a fight was indeed a popular one.
Someone else, with a history of needling Sorbo over his political views online, noted, "Seeing Lucy Lawless trending, and looked into why. I always knew Xena > Hercules."