It would appear that Rob Lowe missed the memo on the whole “if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all” adage. In an interview with the UK’s Telegraph, Lowe criticized Prince William’s receding hairline in an apparent attempt to get cheap laughs. Spoiler alert? People are not pleased with Lowe’s rude remarks, and they’re taking to social media to let the actor know.
Lowe made his controversial comments when asked by The Telegraph whether he considered himself more or less vain than British men. “Can we talk about William? Prince William?” Lowe scoffed. “I mean the future king of your country let himself lose his own hair! So when I say British men set a very low bar…” While at that point it seemed as though perhaps Lowe could simply have made a bad joke, his following thoughts made it clear he quite literally feels as though Prince William should have done more to maintain his hair. “Honestly, one of the great traumatic experiences of my life was watching Prince William lose his hair. But he’s going to be the f***ing King of England! And… and there’s a pill! The first glimmer that a single hair of mine was going to fall out, I was having stuff mainlined into my f***ing veins. And that’s what I did for the next thirty years,” Lowe added.
That judgmental (and superficial) attitude didn’t sit well with the internet, though.
The moment you wake up & realize you should have more to offer the world than your looks and bad humor is the moment you humble yourself & apologize.
— JustJune (@JustJune8) May 28, 2019
@RobLowe You sir, are an immoral jackass!! HRH Prince William served his county's military. WHAT have you and your milquetoast sons done to match? Rob Lowe pokes fun at Prince William's 'traumatic' hair loss https://t.co/Jt1pGSrd1J via @MailOnline
— Jam_Mädchen Banton (@BantonJam) May 28, 2019
What an ass. @RobLowe did you even stop to think how it would make William feel for you to draw attention to this??? Are you NOT listening to William's mental health statements? Not everyone worships materialistic shit like Hollywood celebs do. https://t.co/MrbnNnOoGC @MailOnline
— Veronica (@vevecurl) May 28, 2019
Who allowed Rob Lowe out.
— jd-leveller (@jd_leveller) May 28, 2019
Not cool at all, Rob – insulting not only the Prince, but all British men, over something as ridiculous as hair. 👎
— Joanne Gunn (@JoanneGunn10) May 28, 2019
@RobLowe you must be joking! Why on earth would you mock anyone for their hair loss?! Not even Prince William. Anyone! Are you really that shallow?
— m.a.wuebker (@ammamaw) May 28, 2019
Circling back around to The Telegraph’s initial question, it feels safe to declare that Lowe is vainer than British men. In fact, he didn’t mince words on the subject when it came up during a January interview with Men’s Health. “Men deny having vanity — that’s the greatest vanity. Not me. I’m vain as fuck,” he said. Per Lowe, when he looks in the mirror, he essentially sees the same guy he saw when he was 28… with a few caveats. “I feel exactly like that guy. And I see him,” Lowe shared, noting, “I’m fitter than I’ve ever been. More experienced. Smarter.”
“Humble” doesn’t make that list and, if Lowe isn’t careful, he’ll soon be able to add another, far-less-desirable, qualifier: rude. Perhaps someone should ask 55-year-old Lowe to look in the mirror and encourage 28-year-old Lowe to start practicing humility.