Last night President Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani, head of the Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force in Iran. Soleimani has been called one of Iran’s most powerful men. The U.S. has designated the Quds Force a foreign terrorist organization.
Now, the State Department is urging American citizens to leave Iraq “immediately” and to take caution in surrounding countries, tweeting out several warnings on its social media site.
#Lebanon: Due to heightened tensions in Iraq and the region, the US Embassy urges US citizens in Lebanon to maintain a high level of vigilance and practice good situational awareness. Monitor embassy website and local and international media for updates: https://t.co/l9pGFPTBqP pic.twitter.com/IdRxLwFZUU
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) January 3, 2020
On Thursday night, McGowan tweeted:
“Dear #Iran, The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people. 52% of us humbly apologize. 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.”
People promptly began to block her on social media for her statement, and eventually got the phrase “move to Iran” to trend after her tweet.
McGowan has been through some things.
On Oct. 12, 2017, she alleged that former film producer Harvey Weinstein had raped her. Her statement came amid several reports about Weinstein’s alleged sexual misconduct in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
Though she’s been through a lot, other people saw her tweet as just another call for attention.
“Rose McGowan’s ability to make it about her surpassed only by our ability to let her,” wrote @AnthonyBLSmith.
Me after I said years ago Rose McGowan was a bucket of crazy and not some beacon for female empowerment. pic.twitter.com/fM0hs5fRi3
— Riff Randell (@_RiffRandell) January 3, 2020
McGowan later walked back her comments — up to a point, saying, “of course” Soleimani was an “evil evil man who did evil evil things.”
“But that at this moment is not the f—ing point. The United States is morally corrupt and acts illegally. It is only logical to appeal to Iran’s pride by apologizing. I’m taking one for the team.”
Adding the hash tag “Team Stay Alive,” McGowan said “I do not side with Iran, but I most definitely do not side with the USA.”
McGowan certainly has her supporters, who say she has a right to speak her mind since it is still America.
“I do wonder if you realize that the right you have to dissent in this way is exactly what makes America so uniquely great. Try going to Iran (or China etc) and being an outspoken “conscientious objector,” wrote @conservmillen.
Another person on social media saw it differently.
wrote: “You didn’t freak out on those in power, you groveled to Iran’s ayatollah while proclaiming you and every other American are ‘being held hostage by a terrorist regime.’ “
No one can really know what’s going on inside her head; but an airstrike of this magnitude is enough to get most people upset in some way.
Expect Twitter and the rest of social media to keep fanning the flames of this global dumpster fire.
Anyone else cool with getting @rosemcgowan a one way ticket to Iran?
You’d think killing a terrorist leader would be a good thing, but leave it to Hollywood to come up with the worst take possible just to spite Trump. https://t.co/acFaSYTYon
— Alex Clark 🌴🌟🇺🇸💖 (@yoalexrapz) January 3, 2020