MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - DECEMBER 12: Rob Lowe is a presenter at the 2014 Breakthrough Prizes Awarded in Fundamental Physics and Life Sciences Ceremony at NASA Ames Research Center on December 12, 2013 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for MerchantCantos)
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"It's a factual, good movie that honors real heroes. Period."
Memorial Day is a time to reflect upon the sacrifices made and the lives lost to protect Americans' way of life. It's a day most spend at home, so actor Rob Lowe recommended those who have the day off watch a movie — but many weren't happy with his suggestion.
The politically-attuned actor offered a friendly recommendation Sunday night, imploring his Twitter followers to watch "13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi," which he described as the "perfect Memorial Day movie."
"13 Hours" portrays the 2012 attacks on the U.S. compound in Libya and depicts the way in which an armed forces team responded to the deadly situation. Then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been criticized for her role in the attack, which left four Americans dead.
Lowe said the Michael Bay flick is "a reminder of everything we should never forget." However, the actor was slammed on Twitter for suggesting people watch the controversial movie on Memorial Day.
@RobLowe Vying for the #2 slot on the Trump ticket? Sounds like you're gaining support.— Pete Potenzini (@PetePotenzini) May 30, 2016
@RobLowe Chris Kyle stole valor and hid it in a fake baby yet you're trusting a Michael bay movie lol idiot— Tier-1 BruenigBro (@Jeevesmeister) May 30, 2016
Ultimately, "The West Wing" star chimed in, asking why "everything these days have [sic] to be politicized?"
Why does EVERYTHING these days have to be politicized?! It's a factual, good movie that honors real heroes. Period. https://t.co/qqRD8PauL3— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) May 30, 2016
However, there were also many on the social media network who sided with Lowe's movie recommendation, some deciding to watching the film after seeing the actor's post, another saying it was "hard to watch," but "powerful."
yes, go see it https://t.co/1nXq8puuOL— Spug (@spug32555) May 30, 2016
hard to watch at times but powerful. many people left my theater expressing utter disgust with Clinton’s State Dept. https://t.co/EW0iwZt1No— Mike Beasley (@MikeBeas) May 30, 2016
Even the author of the book "13 Hours," which the movie was made after, thanked Lowe for his recommendation.
@RobLowe As the author of 13 Hours, I can't thank you enough. Especially for your point about it being a factual story we shouldn't forget.— Mitchell Zuckoff (@mitchellzuckoff) May 30, 2016
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