In the hours after a U.S. airstrike in Iraqkilled Iranian Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani and heightened diplomatic tensions worldwide, actress Rose McGowan apologized to Iran for her home country’s behavior in a series of charged tweets.
“Dear #Iran,” McGowan wrote in her first post. “The USA has disrespected your country, your flag, your people.” She said that “52% of us humbly apologize,” though it was unclear what that percentage was in reference to.
“We want peace with your nation,” McGowan continued. “We are being held hostage by a terrorist regime. We do not know how to escape. Please do not kill us.”
“Thanks a lot,” McGowan wrote in a different tweet directed at Trump in which she called the president a vulgar name.
In the wake of Soleimani’s death, Iran Defense Minister Amir Hatami said the country would answer the U.S. airstrike ordered by President Trump with a “crushing” response. Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said in a statement that “severe revenge awaits those criminals who have tainted their filthy hands with his blood.”
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that the airstrike was carried out against Soleimani, leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force, because he was plotting attacks against Americans in the region. Soleimani has been linked to the deaths of hundreds of U.S. troops in Iraq, according to Washington Post reporting.
Responding to criticism about her remarks, McGowan acknowledged that Soleimani was an “evil man who did evil evil things.” She said in a tweet that she wrote her initial apology because the United States “is morally corrupt and acts illegally.”
“It is only logical to appeal to Iran’s pride by apologizing,” McGowan said. “I’m taking one for the team.”
Credit: The Washington Post