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After Twitter Investigates James Woods’ Tweet, He Fires Back Two Memorable Words
Actor James Woods attends the premiere of Magnolia Pictures' 'To The Wonder' at Pacific Design Center on April 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
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On February 29, protean actor James Woods issued a tweet referencing uber-lefist billionaire George Soros, who lives in Europe, with lines connecting Soros and his leftism as it supposedly pervades numerous public figures from former President Barack Obama to Pope Francis. Woods stated, “Imagine if one man was a puppetmaster for unthinking numbskulls who spout his narratives because their ability to reason is so woefully challenged.”

Someone apparently filed a complaint against Woods, as Twitter sent Woods a message reading, “We have received a complaint regarding your account, @RealJamesWoods, for the following content.” After naming the tweet, Twitter continued, “We have investigated the reported content and could not identify any violations of the Twitter Rules or German law. Accordingly, we have taken no action at this time.”

Woods, responding to the idea of Twitter investigating the “reported content” and citing German law, issued a succinct but explosive response: “Dear Twitter, Blow me. Sincerely, James Woods.”

Twitter has made trouble for Woods before: in April 2019 he was locked out of his Twitter account, which had over 2 million followers. Woods’ girlfriend Sarah Miller posted a screenshot of the email Woods received from the tech platform. Twitter claimed Woods was locked out of his account for “violating” Twitter rules “against abusive behavior.” The tweet supposedly in violation read as follows: “If you try to kill the King, you better not miss. #HangThemAll.”

As The Daily Wire noted, “Woods’ quote was apparently made in reaction to the Mueller report findings exonerating President Donald Trump and his 2016 campaign of collusion with the Russian government.”

Woods finally returned to Twitter 10 months later, snapping, “I’ve tried so hard this past year to live without the wealth of knowledge available on Twitter, but this kind of blazing insight can be found nowhere else, so… I’m back! #AOCStillAMoron”

In September 2018, Woods was reportedly suspended from Twitter. He told The Associated Press, “The irony is, Twitter accused me of affecting the political process, when in fact, their banning of me is the truly egregious interference. 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 … I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it. This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced — one tweet at a time.”

In April 2017, as The Daily Beast noted, Woods temporarily quit Twitter, writing, “Since @Twitter is now in the #censorship business, I will no longer use its service for my constitutional right to free speech. #GoodbyeAll.”