- The Washington Times
Monday, November 16, 2015

Actor Rob Lowe faced backlash this weekend for a series of tweets he posted about the devastating terror attacks in Paris.

“The Grinder” star first tweeted, “Vive La France!” on Friday evening as news broke that terrorists had carried out several simultaneous attacks in Paris killing more than 120 people. He then criticized French President François Hollande, who declared a state of emergency and closed the country’s borders Friday, USA Today reported.

“Oh, NOW France closes its borders,” Mr. Lowe wrote, adding that Mr. Hollande’s televised speech Friday could be “one of the worst ever given.”

Many Twitter users rebuked the comments, calling Mr. Lowe racist and insensitive toward refugees.

“Lived in France, and spend a ton of time there,” Mr. Lowe responded. “Been in that stadium. This is all so devastatingly sad for a place I love. #FrenchPrayers”

“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 added.

Former “Happy Days” actor Scott Baio tweeted his support for Mr. Lowe, writing, “Bravo @RobLowe Bravo! I’m with you. #CloseOurBorders #PrayForParis”

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