Actress Rose McGowan begged Iran for forgiveness following the killing of military leader Qassem Soleimani on Thursday.
“Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize,” McGowan tweeted on Friday to her nearly 900,000 followers.
“We want peace with your nation. We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do not know how to escape. Please do not kill us. #Soleimani,” she added.
The airstrike that killed Soleimani, leader of the elite Quds Force and one of the most powerful men in Iran, was carried out at the express direction of President Donald Trump, the Pentagon revealed late Thursday.
Also killed in the drone strike near Baghdad International Airport on Thursday was Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of the Iran-backed Popular Mobilization Forces.
Soleimani, who has been characterized as Iran’s “shadow commander” by international press, and al-Assadi’s deaths came in the aftermath of an attack on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Several commenters on social media criticized McGowan for her remarks, with some urging her to “delete” her Twitter account.
“He had already killed a ton of us. That was the problem,” tweeted the Daily Wire contributor Jessica Fletcher.
And she spit on the graves of every single one. I normally avoid political comments, but she just disgraced the best country she will ever call home.
— Exothermic Maximus (@ExothermicMaxi1) January 3, 2020
“Hey Rose, If Iran is so great, you should go hang out there in the EXACT OUTFIT you’re wearing in your profile picture and let us all know how it goes,” said conservative comedian Tim Young.
Conservative actress Mindy Robinson also urged Milano to “move to Iran” if she was so displeased with Trump administration’s policy.
Then move to Iran. You’re going to need a whole new burlap sack wardrobe though. ??
— Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) January 3, 2020
Twitter users claimed McGowan’s comparatively libertine Hollywood lifestyle and mode of dress would not fly in the Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Students for Trump Twitter account responded to McGowan by posting a video purporting to show Iraqis taking to the streets to celebrate Soleimani’s death:
— Students For Trump (@TrumpStudents) January 3, 2020
Others compared McGowan to Jane Fonda, a fellow Hollywood actress who famously courted controversy for her alleged sympathies with the Vietcong.
Welp….Tehran Rose it is then. ???
— ManoBrow ?? (@realmanobrow) January 3, 2020
Many commenters said McGowan’s sentiments were just plain “un-American.”
Leave our country you POS! Hostage my ass! No one wants you! @Porus can get you tools to defend anyone or anything.
Grab a burka and GTFO!
— wendy tepp (@pinkk9lover) January 3, 2020
McGowan wasn’t the only member of Hollywood who waded into geopolitics following Soleimani’s death.
John- you are completely clueless! This is a new regimen under trump, no longer are we sitting on our hands hiding in a corner delivering large amounts of cash in the dark of night. Stick to your day job! @FoxNews @realDonaldTrump @MSNBC @cnnbrk
— Craig Smith (@CraigSsmith15) January 3, 2020
Actor John Cusack responded Thursday evening, calling Trump a “full fascist” who was so “idiotic” he didn’t realize he’d just “attacked Iran.”
Cusack was “ratioed” for the remarks: His tweet receiving more than 1,000 replies to less than 700 “likes.”
- Rose McGowan.: WikiMedia Commons