James Woods recently got suspended by Twitter for the most hypocritical reason ever. The star from ‘Ghosts of Mississippi’ is known to have a conservative voice on Twitter’s platform, and was recently suspended over a tweet that he made way back on July 20.
The tweet that got Woods suspended was a cheeky take on the Democratic movement to urge men not to vote in the midterm elections. Some Democrats online have been urging men to refrain from voting, so that the women can decide what they want.
Woods tweeted a meme directed at the issue with the following cheeky sarcasm, “Pretty scary that there is a distinct possibility this could be real. Not likely, but in this day and age of absolute liberal insanity, it is at least possible …”
However, just last week, over two months after the tweet was made, Twitter emailed the actor, informing him that their investigation found that the tweet could inadvertently influence the results of the midterm election. The email sent by Twitter mentioned that Woods’s tweet “has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.”
Ever since news of the suspension went public, many people have come out blasting the social media platform for a bigoted perspective and killing free speech. Woods is one among many influencers online that speak their mind and keep their followers updated with their political views and opinions. This suspension could, however, serve as a hindrance to the freedom of speech that these influencers share.
Speaking on the issue recently was Mark Weinstein, who is ranked as one of the Top 8 Minds in Online Privacy. Mark, who is also the founder and CEO of social media site MeWe, is one of the early inventors of social media and has a strong, permissive stance advocating freedom of speech for people online.
Speaking on Woods’s suspension from Twitter, Mark mentioned, “I am outraged that Twitter has suspended conservative actor James Woods for posting a harmless piece of satire. Mr. Woods and far too many good law-abiding citizens are being censored for nothing more than the political bias of mainstream social media companies and their leaders.
As a Libertarian and the founder of MeWe, the leading Twitter and Facebook competitor with no political bias, no ads, no spyware, and no shadow banning, I stand with all those who believe that political censorship of law-abiding citizens on social media sites is a shameful practice.”
Weinstein’s statement is echoed by many online. Countless influencers online have talked about the regressive nature of the suspension of James Woods, and how this was a bad precedent to set for the future.
Woods also presented his own opinions shortly after the suspension and expressed his disgust at the decision to suspend his account on the basis of that tweet. He said, “This is a cancer that, if allowed to metastasize, will destroy the nation and everything it stands for.”
He also called out Twitter for its double standards by mentioning, “The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact their banning of me is the truly egregious interference.”
He continued, “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.”
Woods has also reiterated the point that this isn’t about a celebrity being muzzled; it is about an American being silenced. And fair enough, this ban by Twitter is about Americans being silenced and deprived of their freedom of speech, something that is deeply sowed in the history of this nation. The uproar from Mark Weinstein and many others is justified because it points out the blatant hypocrisy of current mainstream social media sites.
Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News. She covers politics and the economy.