The maddest celeb takes on Soleimani

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



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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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!

John Stern

10th January 2020 at 10:34 am

Kaepernick epitomises woke self-worship with his comments, i.e. “Everything that happens in the world is basically all about me”

Andrew Mawdsley

9th January 2020 at 11:02 am

That’s as maybe Jonnie, but at least Trump was democratically elected. Unlike the theocratic (Supreme) leader of a radical Islamic state that kills homosexuals, represses women and sponsors mass terrorism throughout the middle east.

Ed Turnbull

8th January 2020 at 12:35 pm

Colin Kaepernick has clearly never seen a photo of Soleimani: he’s certainly not black, and he’s no more brown than I am after I’ve spent a summer afternoon in the garden.

In fact I’d struggle to call Kaepernick ‘black’, at least based on his skin pigmentation (in the photos above he looks to be about the same shade as McGowan). Maybe he predicates his racial identity on that stupid Afro he sports. Is he actually this year’s Rachel Dolezal?

In any case I really don’t think Soleimani was taken out on the basis of his skin tone. No, I suspect it was a consequence of his past, and forthcoming, actions. In which case the decision to drone him is entirely in line with MLK’s ‘dream’.

Neil McCaughan

7th January 2020 at 11:24 am

“Rose McGowan, actor”

No, she’s an actress. Not a very good one, and not well known for her efforts, but an actress all the same.

Thomas Smith

10th January 2020 at 11:23 pm

I think you’re all wrong. I think she is a very good actress, from what I’ve seen of her performances on Charmed. I agree that her #Metoo stuff is disgusting and deplorable, especially when she hounded that young woman to death. She’s unstable, careerist, et alia. But none of these tweets were bad. They were gutsy and good. They were pacifist, and they criticized a war monger, who heads up a whole pack, a ruling class of imperialist bastards. And Suleimani was not an imperialist and not a mass murderer. sp!ked has sold its former Marxism for a mess of nationalist pottage.


14th January 2020 at 11:04 am

Sorry but just about every single part of your comment was inaccurate. Sulaimani was absolutely a mass murderer, behind the killing of hundreds of allied troops beginning with advanced technology in IEDs used in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, etc. as well as thousands of innocent Arabs. Trump is not a war monger, and has not involved the US in a single new conflict while in office, unlike Obama who destabilized the entire Middle East and created ISIS. And lastly all three of those who commented are some of the most ignorant and least knowledgeable about the situation- each one dumber than the last.

David McAdam

6th January 2020 at 7:24 pm

Not that they’ll take a blind bit of notice of these dupes, I imagine the Iranian leaders would treat their drivel as fleas buzzing round the dirty backsides of cattle to be swatted away.

Jonnie Henly

6th January 2020 at 6:44 pm

“But these hot takes only serve as a reminder that celebrity and politics don’t mix.”

As does Trump’s entire tenure in the White House.

Neil McCaughan

7th January 2020 at 11:26 am

Our very very own battery fowl speaks.

Jerry Owen

10th January 2020 at 11:38 am

Oh look the irritating little mosquito with no personality has buzzed in.

Jane 70

6th January 2020 at 3:16 pm

Interesting news from within Iran: the celebs are not reflecting the views of many Iranians and Iraqis, who hated and feared Soleimani

Ven Oods

6th January 2020 at 3:12 pm

That ayatollah wouldn’t look out of place in an Islington hipster bar. What a small world it is, for sure.


6th January 2020 at 1:47 pm

It is frequently said that: ‘the strongest argument against democracy is five minutes conversation with the average voter’. Always bear in mind that these ‘celebrity’ commentators are average voters too. Their opinions may be silly – or even rabidly barking – but they are neither more nor less worthy of respect than those of the rest of us. Just because social media allows them to give us the benefit of their opinions we’re not obliged to even notice them, let alone respect them.

Ven Oods

6th January 2020 at 3:08 pm

Of course, it’s possible to respect someone’s right to hold an opinion without needing to respect the opinion itself (as is the case with most celebs).

Jerry Owen

10th January 2020 at 11:42 am

I think they are less worthy of respect.. these are the people that moan at the rest of us flying etc yet they have a carbon footprint bigger than 99% of the population.
Hypocrites are worthy of little respect.

Michael Lynch

6th January 2020 at 1:45 pm

I saw Alistar Campbell on the BBC Political show this morning giving us the benefit of his big head – AGAIN! This man has absolutely no shame and somehow managed to bring Brexit and Remain into all this! Does he think we’ve forgotten the Dodgy Dossier and the Iraq War? Like the killing of some scumbag by Trump is somehow much worse than his and Blair’s disastrous war. A conflict that caused massive destabilization in the whole area. Why, oh why, does the BBC share in this liars hypocrisy by having him on time after time? BBC please stop with the woke wankery, we are sick of being lectured at by rogues and scoundrels.

Dominic Straiton

6th January 2020 at 4:19 pm

The BBC and Campbell( who has never been elected to anything) are joined at the hip. Trump will never have as much blood on his hands as Campbell and the BBC will never be trusted by the British people again. They will both sink without trace together.

Jane 70

6th January 2020 at 1:26 pm

The ship of fools sails on: why do celebs feel the need to do this?

Carried out extensively by many countries and many US Presidents.

Claire D

6th January 2020 at 1:41 pm

I think it might be when the ego swells to such gigantic proportions the brain is squashed and can no longer function in the way it’s supposed to.

Jane 70

6th January 2020 at 2:08 pm

Spot on Claire! They sail away on an ego bubble,with nary a joined-up thought to be seen.

Tom Wolfe’s ‘Bonfire of the Vanities’ seems more apt than ever.


6th January 2020 at 2:54 pm

Do you think these pathetic celeb tweets are any more pathetic than the random and increasingly unhinged actions of the Supreme Leader of the United States? I would say they are on a par.

Ven Oods

6th January 2020 at 3:10 pm

I do marvel at some of Trump’s quoted posts, but I still think there’s a hidden game plan in what he’s doing.
As for the celebs – well, you have to stay in the public eye somehow.

Claire D

6th January 2020 at 3:38 pm

I agree with you Ven, with Trump, his tweets are, I think, froth on the surface. I am not saying a great mind is lurking within but a fool he is not.

Dominic Straiton

6th January 2020 at 4:11 pm

He tweet here, he tweets there and like lap dogs off they go yap yap yap yap. Meanwhile over where it matters hes getting the job done.

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