Rob Lowe Shooting Movie in ‘Hellhole’ of a City?

Rob Lowe Shooting Movie in ‘Hellhole’ of a City?

Production crews for the TV movie “Imperfect Justice,” starring Rob Lowe, film on Assiniboine Avenue, June 4, 2012. (TED GRANT / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Actor Rob Lowe ruffled some Twitter feathers late Tuesday after a tweet sent out appeared to call Winnipeg a “hellhole.”

While watching the NBA Finals Tuesday night, Lowe expressed frustration over the broadcast being interrupted to show city council election results.

The “Parks and Recreation” star is in Winnipeg filming “Imperfect Justice,” examining the Casey Anthony story.

The “local affiliate” described by Lowe isn’t a Winnipeg feed, but rather a WDAZ signal from Grand Forks, North Dakota, an ABC affiliate station owned by Forum Communications, which also operates WDAY in Fargo.

A production source told ChrisD.ca Wednesday morning that Lowe was simply referring to missing the game. “He loves Winnipeg,” the source said.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

Rob Lowe: #TrappedInAHellHole

Winnipeggers react to actor Rob Lowe expressing frustration by missing part of the NBA Finals Tuesday night by tweeting "TrappedInAHellHole" due to the ABC affiliate showing city council election results.

Storified by Chris D. · Wed, Jun 13 2012 10:14:53

The local affiliate is interrupting the 4th quarter of the #NBAFinals to show city council election results!!!#TrappedInAHellHoleRob Lowe
Don’t get mad at @RobLowe, people. Having the NBA Finals interrupted by Grand Forks mayoral coverage is the worst. #TrappedInAHellHoleJohn Gaudes
"#TrappedInAHellHole" @RobLowe Wpg was pretty welcoming from the crowds I saw at your movie shoot. Care to clarify hell hole comment?Crystal Goomansingh
Has anyone considered the possibility Rob Lowe is LITERALLY trapped in a HellHole? I mean, have you seen the size of Winnipeg’s potholes?Mike McIntyre
@RobLowe sounds like a Leslie Knope move to me. #TrappedInAHellHoleJ.J. Bradt
Uhh, Winnipeg? MT ?@RobLowe Local affiliate is interrupting the 4th qtr of the NBAFinals to show election results!!! #TrappedInAHellHoleMetro Winnipeg
RobLowe: my local neighbors are waking me from much needed sleep before a 4am wake up for their screams!#TrappedInAHellHole #ItsOnlyGameOneChristy Gill

It’s not the first time the actor has found himself in hot water from a tweet. In January, Lowe incorrectly tweeted that Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning was retiring.

By the way, Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown won his fourth term with 69% of the vote.

UPDATE: WDAZ news director Chris Regimbal responded to the controversy.


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