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Rose McGowan Defends Tweet About Iran Airstrike

The actor takes heat for her claim that 'the USA has disrespected your country'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 4, 2020 11:30 AM CST
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Rose McGowan poses for a portrait in New York on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.   (Photo by Matt Licari/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Rose McGowan's tweet that apologized on behalf of the US to Iran for "disrespecting their flag and people" in the wake of an airstrike that killed the country's top general was not anti-American, the actress said in the face of harsh criticism. "I don't support Iran over America. I want America to be better," McGowan said during an exclusive interview with the AP on Friday. Her tweet read: "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." The head of Iran's elite Quds force and mastermind of its regional security strategy, Gen. Qassem Soleimani, was killed in a US airstrike early Friday.

She faced outrage over Friday's Twitter post, with some suggesting she move to Iran. McGowan acknowledged that her tweet was unusual. "I woke up, I stupidly looked at Twitter. I was going to the bathroom, and I was like, 'What?'" She added that she doesn't believe the governments of either Iran or the US. "So, I just thought I would do something a little strange or unusual ... bloodshed should be avoided if you can." Responses to McGowan included the hashtags #DearRose and #MoveToIran, per Newsweek, with one Twitter user telling her she's "betraying the ones killed by terrorists to defend your freedom." Fox News reports that actor John Cusack also blasted Trump over the assassination, tweeting that Trump is "so idiotic he doesn't know he just attacked Iran. And that's not like anywhere else."

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