Actor Rob Lowe slams Bella Thorne for insensitive tweet about California mudslides
"This attitude is why people hate celebrities/Hollywood. Bella, I’m sorry you were inconvenienced," Lowe chided. "We will try to move out our dead quicker."
Rob Lowe of The West Wing fame took on actress Bella Thorne after her insensitive tweet about not being able to make it to her boyfriend's concert due to the road closures from the mudslides which destroyed lives in coastal town of Montecito.
On January 10, Thorne’s tweet read, “F—k u 101 so santa Barbra (sic). I’m missing my boyfriends (sic) first date on his tour.”
To which Rob Lowe responded: “This attitude is why people hate celebrities/Hollywood. Bella, I’m sorry you were inconvenienced. We will try to move out our dead quicker.”
More than seventeen people with ages ranging from 3 to 89 have been confirmed dead due to the horrifying mudslides which devastated several homes in Santa Barbara. Over 40 others have been reported missing and unaccounted for.
The search for the missing inhabitants grew highly urgent from Thursday, amid growing concerns whether the misplaced persons would ever be found. The death toll is expected to rise sharply in the coming days.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown said that some people had been rescued on Thursday. He also added, "In disaster circumstances there have been many miraculous stories lasting many days and we certainly are searching for a miracle right now."
The 20-year-old Disney star who got her break on Disney Channel's Shake it Up and My Own Worst Enemy, deleted her controversial tweet and tweeted once again raising concern about the calamity. She said, “F—k just caught up on some news had no idea why 101 was shut down…get home to your family safe."
The Santa Barbara County offered majorly fluctuating figures with regards to the missing persons report throughout the day on Thursday. A spokesperson also reported in a shocking announcement that the absent people toll had increased from 16 to 48.
However, within the hour the County apologised for the announcement and asserted that the actual count was eight, attributing the mistake to clerical errors which caused the misinformation.
Resident David Weinert remarked, "How does that happen? That's a crazy mistake to make."
The Sheriff later in the day had to, however, update the residents that the absent toll had increased to 43. He based the number on missing persons reports filed with the police as well as inquiries from worried family members living in the County. He also stated that over twelve people have sustained grave injuries, ABC News reported.
Rob Lowe followed up his tweet with another post in solidarity with the bereaved residents of Montecito: “More terrible stories of loss today. Friends missing, some gone forever. Pray for Montecito and know: EVERY day could be your last. Embrace that.”
Celebrated talk show host Oprah Winfrey appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show via Facetime on January 11 where she divulged that several houses in her neighborhood were completely wrecked.
DeGeneres, who was also compelled to evacuate, respond saying: "You hear the word mudslides and you have no idea the impact that it has. But after the largest fire in California history, it's catastrophic, it's beyond recognizable."
Montecito resident Jeff Bridges also tweeted disclosing the damages his house sustained: "Our home has been severely damaged, but we are safe, and so thankful for that and for the first responders who are working tirelessly to save people. We are heartbroken over the loss of lives in our community. Your prayers and best wishes are most appreciated."
Just weeks before the mudslides ravaged the community, the Thomas Fire had affected the Santa Barbara landscape for days. It seems that the cause for these landslides stems from the damage the wildfire had caused.
Angela Fritz from Washington Post reported on Wednesday: "Intense wildfires transform rich soil into a dense, water-repellent surface. To make matters worse, biologists have found that when rain hits the charred landscape, it can become even more dense and more water repellent.
It’s a long-term effect, too, which means Santa Barbara County will be prone to flooding and mudslides for years to come, potentially. Researchers have seen the ramifications of wildfires last from a year to decades, depending on how hot the fire was burning."
It looks like Thorne had eventually made it to the concert she was about to miss. She tweeted at 1:30 am on Thursday: “My baby out there killing it right now on stage I love you so much @MODSUN.”
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