Twitter Blocks the Most Outspoken Conservative in Hollywood
Over the past few years, two-time Oscar nominee James Woods has become at least as famous – or infamous – for his productive social media output as he has for his sterling career in Hollywood. The “Casino” star is probably the most outspoken and unapologetic conservative actor there is, and he is not shy about voicing his opinions on Twitter. Woods’ Twitter feed is a registry of hilarious trolling, hard-hitting conservative analysis, and memes that make liberals weep. A must-read, in other words.
But unless Woods caves to the powers-that-be at Twitter, his account – followed by nearly 2 million users – could be headed for the historical archives. Twitter has blocked the actor from tweeting as a result of a post he made on July 20, reports the Associated Press. It was a viral, but misleading, picture that supposedly showed left-wing men vowing to stay home on election day so that the female vote would have more power. Even in posting the picture, Woods admitted that he could not attest to its veracity.
“Pretty scary there is a distinct possibility this could be real,” he wrote. “Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible…”
That’s a more responsible way of putting it than many left-wing journalists would have bothered with, but even with that disclaimer, Twitter found that Woods had broken a rule forbidding “text and imagery that has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.”
Riiight. Better block @NYTimes, then.
Woods’ girlfriend Sara Miller published a tweet with the actor’s reaction, which was aimed straight at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
“You are a coward, @jack,” said Woods. “There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.”
Reportedly, Woods will only be allowed back on the platform if he deletes the tweet in question. In an interview with the AP, though, the actor said that wasn’t going to happen.
“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 cords 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.”
We kind of expect Dorsey and Twitter to back down on this, especially given the extremely mild nature of Woods’ “controversial” tweet. Twitter is at a place right now where they don’t need more accusations of anti-conservative bias, and banning Woods is the wrong move from both a free speech and a public relations standpoint. If they play hardball on this one, they’re going to regret it.