Guess what Rob Lowe got in a Twitter fight about? Did you guess "the Greek financial crisis"?
One clue that the leader of Greece gives no f$$cks about his country defaulting: not wearing a tie as he addresses his government.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 29, 2015
So, yes, we do have to note that the first strange thing that happened in this series of Internet events was Rob Lowe tweeting about the Greek financial crisis. Even if he actually was his West Wing character, White House staffer Sam Seaborn, which he unfortunately is not, that would be a bit of an overstep.
The next baffling thing that happened was that Guardian columnist Owen Jones decided to use Lowe's tweet as the set-up to a generic burn.
@RobLowe stick to the increasingly unwatchable films— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) June 29, 2015
I wonder how long he was holding that in.
Now, you would think Lowe wouldn't engage with Internet critics, especially since there was a West Wing episode that taught not to do this!
But he decided to respond.
I'll try to do better than the multiple Emmy's, Golden Globes and BAFTA's my last one won. Do your homework pal. https://t.co/Xc2jMblosS— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 29, 2015
Uh oh, Lowe. First of all, that use of "pal" was downright Sorkin-esque. Second of all, earnestly defending yourself by listing accolades doesn't usually help calm down Twitter haters. But in this case, somehow, it did.
@RobLowe haha!— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) June 29, 2015
And that was that.
So what did we learn here today regarding international economics, Internet communication, and celebrity? I would happily say: nothing.