It turns out that the guy you love to hate in the movies is also pretty vile in real life.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Actor James Woods has been locked out of his Twitter account over a tweet he sent out months ago that was found to be in violation of Twitter’s rules.
The tweet was posted July 20 and includes a hoax meme that said it came from Democrats and encouraged men not to vote in the midterm elections. Woods got an email from Twitter on Thursday saying the tweet “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.” The email says Woods can use his account again if he deletes the tweet.
In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, Woods said this means he’ll be allowed back on Twitter only if he decides to do what Twitter says and accedes to the social platform’s concept of free speech — not the right to free speech outlined in the Constitution. He says he won’t do that, and he won’t delete the tweet.
“Free speech is free speech — it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said, referring to Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.
“The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference,” Woods said. “Because now, having your voice smothered is much more disturbing than having your vocal chords slit. If you want to kill my free speech, man up and slit my throat with a knife, don’t smother me with a pillow.”
It turns out that Woods, who has 1.7 million Twitter followers, had posted a fake meme that was claimed to have originated with a Democratic group which suggested that Democratic men stay home during the midterms and let the women decide the election.
Twitter determined that with Woods substantial online following that the information could be taken seriously and have a negative impact on voter turnout.
So far Woods has refused to delete the post and remains locked out of his Twitter account.
It should also be pointed out that Woods has posted numerous misogynistic and racist tweets in the past, and seems to attract followers similar to the ones drawn to Alex Jones and Ann Coulter.
Which should explain why he has the support of certain other folks on the conservative side.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 24, 2018
Yeah, how could Junior NOT support a guy who reminds him so much of his daddy?