Rob Lowe Mocks France on Twitter Amidst Deadly Attacks

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While many celebrities expressed only sadness about the tragedy in Paris, Rob Lowe took to Twitter to criticize France’s political response to the situation.

His Tweets began the way other empathetic actors’ did. “Vive La France! #Paris,” Lowe tweeted. He then called out French President Francois Hollande for closing the country’s borders: “Oh, NOW France closes its borders. #Hollande” Next, he criticized Hollande’s speech about the tragedy, calling it “either the worst translation of an important speech ever, or one of the worst ever given.”

Lowe’s followers were not amused. “Probably not the best time to be cracking jokes,” one Twitter user replied. Others said his words were “disgusting” and demonstrated “bad taste.”

A few hours later, Lowe attempted to clarify his earlier comments: “Lived in France, and spend a ton of time there. Been in that stadium. This is all so devastatingly sad for a place I love. #FrenchPrayers,” he said. Lowe also called out the Twitter users who had decried his earlier “Vive La France” tweet as insensitive sarcasm. “Wow. For you trolls out there, the phrase “Vive La France” is the traditional expression of SUPPORT for France. Don’t misinterpret my words,” he tweeted.

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  1. Jesse Smith says:

    Rob Lowe said nothing wrong unless you feel a man is not entitled to express his views about national security, as it seems Lowe is pointing out the obvious that “closing borders” is of limited value after you have allowed a population of millions of enemies in. Was he criticizing France here or sticking his neck out a bit to warn America? (Note it was reported today our Muslim population set to double by 2050 under current policies. ) I believe he was doing the latter and thank Lowe for it.

    By the way, in referring” to “enemies” above I am not referring to the majority of “moderate” peaceful Muslims. I am referring instead to the 10-20% of those who hold islamist beliefs such as support for imposition of Sharia, support for suicide bombings, support ISIS, etc. Plenty of frightening survey data out there which suggests that out of France’s 6-15 million muslims, “only” 1-3 million(!) are “radical” and dangerous.

    (And yes, I know that many Muslims believe sharia can be spread peacefully and that it is a central responsibility of the faith to do so. But anyone who aims to spread sharia law in a western country is either an enemy who should not be allowed in, or a traitor who should be deported at the soonest legal opportunity. That should be self-evident, but too many have entirely lost the ability to think critically during these past years of PC insanity, as this shoddy piece by “Variety staff” illustrates so perfectly.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      You CANNOT deport them if they are French citizens or hold dual nationality.

    • V. says:

      ’10-20%’ is just inflammatory rubbish. Also, support of suicide bombings/support of ISIS are not islamic beliefs.

      And of course Rob Lowe is allowed to express his view, just like Variety and anyone else are allowed to call him on being insensitive and/or islamophobic.

      You sound racist.

  2. It is sad when Hollywood Celebs want to criticize politicians, especially in such poor taste after so many murders? It would be interesting to see just how Mr. Lowe would have handle the country (France) after such devastating terrorism!

  3. What a trash rag! Vive le France is a supportive comment..look it up and stay off of Lowe’s back!!!!

  4. stephen ashley says:

    bite me, actor goon.

  5. Sal U. Lloyd says:

    @Yup, you mean the power vacuum Bushie created when he overthrew Saddam.

    • Yup says:

      Nah. I meant what I said. The U.S. controlled the territory in Iraq. I don’t like what happened under Bush, but it was not him who left Iraq. If the U.S. were still in Iraq, it would be a Syrian civil war, and DAISH would not control 12% of the Iraqi land.

      • Sal U. Lloyd says:

        Yupp, I guess you missed it: U.S. Troops Are Leaving Because Iraq Doesn’t Want Them …
        The Atlantic
        Oct 21, 2011 – … al-Sadr threatening renewed violence if any American troops stayed past the end of the year. … “Personally, I no longer want them to stay,” Othman said. … if not impossible,” Sadiq al-Ribaki, who heads Maliki’s political bloc … “Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays.

        Bush’s dismantling of the Iraqi army is largely responsible.

  6. Stretch says:

    He didn’t criticize them for closing the borders. He criticized them for not closing the borders before the attacks.

  7. mrwonderful1961 says:

    Sensationalist story title much?

  8. Fatman says:

    This is the second series of moronic, ignorant tweets from Rob Lowe I’ve heard about. Out of two I’ve heard about in total. Way to bat a thousand, Rob.

  9. TM says:

    If Rob Lowe spoke French he would have known that the simultaneous translation was the reason for what appeared to him a bad speech. The translator was more shocked than the President, it seemed. Who spoke very composed.

  10. Chris Wright says:

    Wow, how do you get “Rob Lowe Mocks France” out of his comments…i see absolutely nothing that could be construed as mocking in his comments,,,, find another story…

  11. Lisa says:

    Totally agree with rob lowe

    • manorborn says:

      And whether the chaos was really by MIC design or just a byproduct of “the road to hell is paved with good intentions,” either way the world’s citizens are the losers. If we in the US had prevented the trillion doallar tax payer financed wars in the ME planned by PNAC, all of this would hardly be happening.

    • manorborn says:

      Well you’re agreeing with an asshole who supprted the regime changes that assassinated the two secular anti-islamist leaders (Hussein and Gadaffi) who were doing a perfectly good job of suppressing terrorism. ISIS is what rose up in the apocalyptic chaos created by their assassinations and the physiacl destruction of their naitons. Now he supports taking down the number one secualr anti-islamist, Assad to create more chaos – the MIC plan all along.

      • Yup says:

        I thought it was Obama and Hillary supported the killing of Gaddafi, hardly representatives of the MIC. And as far as the chaos goes, the power vacuum in the ME was caused by this weak-willed administration.

  12. Jerry says:

    Rob was only speaking what a lot of us here in the US feel. It was only a matter of time before the bad element was going to jihad anywhere in the world due to the influx of illegals. He was only stating his opinion. And I for one agree with him.

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      Jerry, you’re so full of shit. Why don’t you try informing yourself???

      Now, git back to your AM Hate Radio, the estrogen commercial is OVER.

  13. Leora says:

    Twitter exposes more stupidity than any other outlet imaginable.

  14. hammerstamp says:

    Where did Lowe mock France? Because he alluded to the fact that the timing of their border closure was late? I see that as stating the obvious.

  15. Alfred says:

    Too many sensitive PC crybabies in America.

  16. Wayne says:

    If some of the French citizens were allowed to carry firearms this would have turned out a lot different.

    • GC says:

      You’re opinion is stupid. They simply would have set off the bombs strapped to their torsos instead. Guns don’t stop bombs. Poison. Speeding vehicles. Hell guns rarely even stop guns. Thank god your just another idiot on the comment section of Variety and not actually important or in charge.

      • rlm says:

        You spelled “your” and “you’re” wrong!! At least you’re consistent with your misspellings, I guess.

  17. 85wzen says:

    Wow this doesn’t seem to serious, I mean if he made a joke about the French, there are billions of course, they yeah… then jump on him! But with our culture of Fame he’s entitled to be treated better than ‘average people’.

  18. freddy says:

    The headline for this story should have been — “Variety Staff fabricates controversy.”

  19. nerdrage says:

    Yet another example of why celebrities shouldn’t handle their social media accounts personally. Delegate it to a PR professional, people. Pay them to show good taste and good judgement.

  20. Ted Faraone says:

    I am amazed that there are not more comments here. I suppose nobody cares what Rob Lowe has to say.

  21. Shermanson says:

    Wow, this is the most unintelligent “news” I have ever read. The Internet: a place where even the hateful and uneducated can spew slander with no consequence. Twisting his words of support and call it mocking? Shame on you.

  22. Joseph Morrison says:

    So what bothers people the most about his comments? Is it the fact that he’s right? Sometimes the truth is hard to her.

  23. Absolutely disgusting that someone would berate a man who was clearly showing support.

  24. Ron Kent says:

    Amazing what these people think or say has any meaning other than to draw attention to themselves. Seems like ISIS want to draw attention to themselves….is that similarity what this is all about??? Time for mankind to take a long look in the mirror rather than “posturizing”

  25. John Rosenthal says:

    Only Trump… an ego so big he needs his own airliner to fly his head around. #France hurts. Anybody can pontificate in 20/20 after the fact. So far all he has given us is empty school-yard promises with nothing to back them up #every carry a gun.

  26. bob says:

    Isn’t this the same France that gave sanctuary to the Ayatola Kohomeni while the Shad was in power?
    Then to show is trust he took Americans hostage for over a year

  27. How LOW can Rob Lowe GO?

    A pedophile (sexcapade with an underage girl many years ago) + an insensitive racist with no concern for those suffering a terrible loss = THE BIGGEST LOSER!

    • Sal U. Lloyd says:

      100% agreed.

    • Even though we appreciate your hateful comments, as well as access to your Twitter, you should gain some sense before spewing vile things. Being with a teenage girl does not make you a pedophile. Did you ever get with a girl in your teens? Ever think back on it in memory? Well then, you’re a pedophile, for fantasizing about underage girls.

      And you know the average Parisian is white, right? How is he racist? You’re vile as well as nonsensical.

  28. stevenkovacs says:

    As the Québécois would say in answer to Rob Lowe’s words to France: “Tabarnack, Rob!”

  29. WAM says:

    Mr. Lowe….don’t you dare apologize!

  30. Donna says:

    Rob Lowe is right!

  31. TruthCounts says:

    Wow. The world is going crazy & we are going to criticize someone who says something INTELLIGENT?! WHAT THE??!! All of you with a “fragile mind” are the true DANGER to humanity. Seriously…. Get a life
    Don’t worry Rob, some of us are mentally strong enough to get it

  32. BrianMack says:

    Wow. The headline is a lie and people need to prioritize their lives – a LOT it seems. He spoke the truth. France has been a dumping ground for Muslims for 20 years now. There are literally sections of the city that are 100% Muslim. Do a little research before you get all bent about an accurate tweet. Fools.

  33. Bob Mack says:

    I wouldn’t want my name attached to this either, “Variety Staff.” People are lying dead in a street and you’re offended by some actor’s tweet. I think you may want to reasses your journey in life.

  34. What a bad choice to make at a terrible time especially when such a tragedy is happening. Last count media reported was about 160 have passed away.
    So sad!

    • TruthCounts says:

      Actually…I say, how smart! we are now in a DANGEROUS time of people who are weak minded & live in denial. “Oh. Don’t say that” & “ooh! That’s offensive”. Really? We are here online doing nothing really. Talking about someone’s “words”. Peoples’ heads are being lopped off & we sit here behind a glowing screen & pretend to be offended. GET REAL

  35. Mikael says:

    stop tweeting while you are drunk. – Period!

    • TruthCounts says:

      give me a break… I’m sure people can handle a factual tweet just fine. The REAL danger to society is to “cotton candy” the truth & REALITY so people are put in a bubble that will certainly burst when REALITY SETS IN. France WILL debate amongst its people actual FACTS & make “uh oh” “JUDGMENTS” in order to keep PEOPLE SAFE. See? Is that such a crazy thing to ponder? I think not!

  36. Emma says:

    What a load of crap…this isn’t news at all. Try reading his tweets again without your own tone attached.

  37. Try actually reading his entire thread. What a glorious example of an idiot press just jumping on soundbites thinking they are reporting news.

  38. Ray Kaminski says:

    Well, Rob, that did it for me. Enjoy your fall into oblivion.

  39. Jacques Strappe says:

    “Mission Accomplished” Rob Lowe! You”re an a$$h0le

  40. says:

    delete and unfollow Rob Lowe #prayersforparis

  41. schechner says:

    Or, Rob Lowe mocking France like former Texas Governer George Bush mocking Karla Faye Tucker, (November 18, 1959 – February 3, 1998), the first woman to be executed in the United States since 1984, and the first in Texas since 1863.

  42. Tasha says:

    Idiots, next thing you know someone famous will be vilified for saying: “Oops!”, or “Wow!”, or something of the sort… oh. my. God.

  43. Ted Faraone says:

    Some folks should be prevented from using social media if only for their own good.

  44. boothv says:

    I might also say that covering what some freaking actor tweets is equally insensitive.
    Can’t you guys just stop for a little bit?

  45. ObserverMI says:

    How about this not only being insensitive yet ignorant to facts and logic.

    “Actor Michael Ian Black Uses Paris Terror to Mock U.S. Gun Laws Mid-Attack”

    Michael Ian Black Verified account

    Awful, awful, awful news in Paris. 18 shot dead.

    If only we could get our daily shootings down to 18 here in America.”

    Also states:

    @michaelianblack Thank God, our Founding Fathers/Constitution=USA can be armed so they do not have to undergo what those poor innocents did
    Michael Ian Black ‏@michaelianblack

    @Dolphieness Except for the 3,000 dead on 9/11, you mean?

    Bad timing or not, least Rob Lowe speaks reality, unlike Michael Ian Black who is clueless to it.

  46. Jill says:

    Isn’t Rob a flaming left winger? These sound like the tweets of a right wing. Anyway, the bigger issue is why is he making sarcastic comments at a time like this. Just shows that he’s incredibly stupid, incredibly insensitive, incredibly arrogant, or all over the above.

    • TruthCounts says:

      It seems like peeps like you apparently like to divide along left & right. It would seem smarter to think in terms of common sense, reality, truth & strength of mental faculties instead of vocalizing offenses AS IF THEY ARE ACTUALLY based in reality. For example, do you REALLY think a family member of a victim might ACTUALLY wish that what Lowe said had been debated & acted upon BEFORE tragedy? I bet they wouldn’t at all be offended.

    • janwilson515 says:

      None of those tweets were sarcastic nor jokes. Read them again in a serious tone.

  47. All that plastic surgery has gone to his heart.

  48. Andy G says:

    It’s gotten to the point where the radicals are exploiting the refugee situation to sneak into these countries and cause terror. That leaves every country a choice: guarantee protection of your citizens and close the borders, or allow refugees humanitarian aid which opens your country up to likely terror attacks.
    This is the world we live in, and this is the choice every country will need to make. Protect your citizens or help the refugees. You can’t do both, unfortunately.

    • Pamela says:

      You do realize that the terrorists are exactly the people the refugees are running from, do you not?

      • Gdonut says:

        Refugees = terrorist
        Been confirmed –

      • Many/most of these “terrorists” are home grown. Jihadi John grew up in West London and even went to University in the UK, a breeding ground for radical Muslims who then leave the country and go fight with ISIS! The terror attacks on the Twin Towers in NYC were carried out by radical Muslims trained right in the U.S. under our own noses! We need immigration reform to keep out these SOB’s.

  49. GodFirst238 says:

    The world in the book of Revelation (The Bible). It’s only going to get worse! This is to everyone. Start believing NOW or you will certainly believe LATER.

    • Brandon says:

      Completely agree with you. This is in Revelation to a T.

      • Rev. EMS says:

        I’ve read revelations and cannot remember anything like this in it anywhere, not even metaphorically and especially not literally! Correct me by providing the exact passage, please.

  50. Robert says:

    I’m no fan of the French,but they are NATO members and an attack on one NATO state is an attack on all.This is an act of war and the United States as a founding member of NATO is even more obligated to see this stepped up to total war.No mercy.

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