R. Lee Ermey, the actor perhaps best known for his iconic role in Stanely Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, recently told celebrity gossip site TMZ that he was fired by Geico after doing a commercial (Remember? He played a tough-as-nails therapist who chided a guy for being “namby-pamby.”) for the insurance company because he’d been openly critical of Barack Obama.RELATED: Video: Did GEICO fire spokesman for criticizing Obama?
Appearing at a Toys 4 Tots fundraiser in 2010, Ermey made his thoughts on the President known, urging others to “rise up” against Obama in a rant for which he would later offer a public apology:
The economy really sucks. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody, but the present administration probably had a lot to do with that. And the way I see it, they’re not going to quit doing it until they bring this country to its knees.We should rise up and stop this administration from what they are doing, because what they are doing is destroying this county. They’re driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us, and that’s exactly what they are doing and I am sick and damn tired of it.The actor told TMZ that, “Yeah, I got fired,” adding that “Geico fired me because I wasn’t too kind about speaking about the present administration. If you’re a conservative in this town, you better watch out.”