The maddest celeb takes on Soleimani

Michael Moore slid into the Supreme Leader of Iran’s DMs in an effort to calm tensions.

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Amid all the social-media fury over the US’s assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, it takes something to stand out. So credit where it’s due to those brave celebs whose hot takes on the ongoing crisis have – even by their standards – been absolutely mental.

Take Rose McGowan, actor and figurehead of the #MeToo movement. She addressed Iran directly, apologising for her government’s actions and imploring the Iranians to show restraint:

If that plea – ‘please don’t kill us’ – doesn’t dampen the Ayatollah’s fury, nothing will. What makes her intervention all the more remarkable is that she managed to access social media while ‘being held hostage by a terrorist regime’.

Colin Kaepernick, the NFL quarterback who achieved global fame by kneeling during the US national anthem, managed to outdo McGowan with his profound analysis of Trump’s approach to Iran:

Quite what Kaepernick makes of Soleimani and the Quds force he commanded, which has pursued an imperialist agenda in the Middle East, killing quite a few ‘black and brown’ people along the way, is sadly unclear.

But the worst celebrity take has got to be documentary filmmaker Michael Moore’s. In a post we can only hope turns out to be a joke, Moore effectively said he had slid into the Supreme Leader of Iran’s DMs, in an attempt to calm tensions. Moore also promised to post the Ayatollah’s reply ‘when’ he responds:

Trump’s approach to Iran is dangerous and demands criticism. But these hot takes only serve as a reminder that celebrity and politics don’t mix.

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Comments

Willie Penwright

12th January 2020 at 6:46 pm

These actors should give their opinions on Sky News’s nightly press review where they could enlighten the sheeple with their superior analysis of world events.

Aunty Podes

10th January 2020 at 11:35 pm

A trio of pathetic wimps. Frankly I was initially concerned, fearing that the Iranians would react in their typical suicidal manner rather than take the hint. Fortunately they have shown a modicum of intelligence by responding in a fashion which will placate their supporters but will not escalate the situation.

To sum it up – message received and understood!

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