Many Americans are too preoccupied with the political circus plaguing the United States to stay up-to-date on developments abroad.
That doesn’t seem to be a problem for actor Rob Lowe, who weighed in on the controversy embroiling Britain’s Labour Party head Jeremy Corbyn.
Mr. Corbyn faced accusations from opposition MPs that he had called Theresa May a “stupid woman” following a heated exchange in the Commons.
Mr. Corbyn denies the accusation, claiming he said “stupid people,” referring generally to MPs on the opposite benches.
Mr. Lowe, who has experienced several political tussles during his years playing Sam Seaborn in TV series The West Wing, tweeted: “FYI – I have to say, I saw Jeremy Corbin call the Prime Minister a ‘stupid woman’ with my own eyes watching on @SkyNewsPolitics.”
As news outlets employed lip readers to interpret the comments, Twitter users were split on which side to take.
One user told Mr Lowe in no uncertain terms what his view was, saying “your lip reading leaves a lot to be desired, much like your acting”, to which the St Elmo’s Fire star responded: “Amazing!”
West Wing jokes weren’t in short supply.
Okay, who had "Sam Seaborn intervenes" on today's political bingo card? Because I did not. https://t.co/njI27PmFWy
— James Ball (@jamesrbuk) December 19, 2018
Can't cope with the intersection of West Wing with Westminster reality. 😱 https://t.co/waZMP5Y7Vw
— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) December 19, 2018
"Oh my god, where is CJ?' https://t.co/Sww4npPnRK
— Lawrie Morgan-Klein (@LawrieMK) December 19, 2018
But mostly, Brits were flummoxed at the randomness of Lowe’s input.
You watch British politics?
— Lynn Christie (@lynnchristie6) December 19, 2018
WHAT on earth is going on? Who is writing this warped political tragedy. Act II, Scene II: Enter Rob Lowe….. pic.twitter.com/8WZzdVxyLa
— Dr. Jennifer Cassidy (@OxfordDiplomat) December 19, 2018
The bad guy from 'Wayne's World' has called it, pack up lads https://t.co/Thr5ZwtzOM
— stitch (@GarryStitchell) December 19, 2018
While most were stumped, it appears there’s a sliver of an explanation.
Rob Lowe is filming an ITV drama on an American cop who ends up working in Boston, Lincolnshire, which goes some way to explaining things but then again not at all
— Esther Webber (@estwebber) December 19, 2018
In its final two weeks, can 2018 afford to get any stranger?