Musing on the Greek financial crisis, Lowe remarked: “One clue that the leader of Greece gives no f$$cks about his country defaulting: not wearing a tie as he addresses his government.”
One clue that the leader of Greece gives no f$$cks about his country defaulting: not wearing a tie as he addresses his government.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 29, 2015
Guardian columnist Jones, who is also the author of The Establishment, which describes how the wealthiest of the wealthy operate together to preserve their interests, hit back with the withering retort: “Stick to the increasingly unwatchable films.”
@RobLowe stick to the increasingly unwatchable films— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) June 29, 2015
An uncowed Lowe shot back: “I’ll try to do better than the multiple Emmy’s, Golden Globes and BAFTA’s my last one won. Do your homework pal,” eliciting a somewhat meek “Haha!” from Jones.
I'll try to do better than the multiple Emmy's, Golden Globes and BAFTA's my last one won. Do your homework pal. https://t.co/Xc2jMblosS— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 29, 2015
Twitter reaction so far puts Lowe in the lead for this one...
The audacity of that toad Owen Jones slagging off big Rob Lowe. Rob should smash him with his St Elmo's Fire sax pic.twitter.com/D8Sme8H0mJ— Martin Hines (@martinhines) June 30, 2015
Owen Jones getting his arsed handed to him by Rob Lowe.👌👍— Jon. (@JonGrinham) June 29, 2015
Oh, Rob Lowe's slap down of little Owen Jones has made my morning!— Darren S (@Von_Schenk) June 30, 2015
Owen Jones gets slapped down by Rob Lowe. Scenes. https://t.co/lTRJmcEmhM— Alain Tolhurst (@Alain_Tolhurst) June 30, 2015
Rob Lowe putting Owen Jones in his place is a highlight of 2015.— Matt (@MattBurton_law) June 30, 2015
General consensus, Rob Lowe 1. Owen Jones 0.— Ben (@Jamin2g) June 30, 2015
Rob Lowe now taking on that lickspittle Owen Jones. And like everyone with Owen, crushing him with facts. 👊🏻 https://t.co/ccPXaZTPl1— Paul (@DrHoppers) June 30, 2015
Rob Lowe makes a point about Greece. Owen Jones only offers an insult. Rob Lowe puts Owen Jones back in his box. pic.twitter.com/nZLnbKHfgz— Benjamin (@screwlabour) June 30, 2015
Owen Jones 0 Rob Lowe 1 https://t.co/l6lzPUf74W— Stuart Bonar (@StuartBonar) June 30, 2015
Rob Lowe just bodied Owen Jones. Twitter.— daniel (@DWR95) June 29, 2015
Jones is not without his supporters, however...
Lowe shows what an idiot he is, relating wearing a tie to running a country.— spencer bungard (@spencerbungard) June 30, 2015
But the non-existent wittiest tweet prize has to go to Matt Lucas for this beauty:
I put a pound on Rob Lowe and Owen Jones having a bust-up on Twitter over the Greece situation and just won twenty million pounds. Result.— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) June 30, 2015
Lowe has come a long way since his days as a notorious playboy in the 80s and this year he celebrated 25 years of sobriety.
The 51-year-old is extremely active on Twitter - to the delight of his 1.13million followers and has a reputation for mulling international and current affairs with some wit and candour, as these tweets below reveal.
Jones, 30, is also the author of Chavs: The Demonisation of the Working Class.