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James Woods confronts Twitter CEO after lockout: ‘If you want to kill my free speech … man up and slit my throat with a knife’

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Actor James Woods is nothing if not succinct in expressing his views. No shrinking violet, he gets right to the point, telling it like it is, which explains why he currently has over 1.7 million followers on Twitter.

And those followers will not be disappointed in his response to being locked out of his Twitter account after sharing a meme that ridiculed effeminate liberal soy boys, directing them not to vote in the midterm elections.

(Woods’ Twitter page is still up, but he can’t access it.)

In an interview over the weekend with the Associated Press, a defiant Woods refused to delete the tweet and said it’s a matter of free speech as he called out Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

“Free speech is free speech – it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech,” Woods said.

Screengrab Jack Dorsey

He likened Twitter shutting his voice down to being smothered with a pillow, calling on Dorsey to “man up” and take him out with a knife.

“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 our 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.”

When he was first locked out, Woods responded through Sara Miller’s account, who is said to be his girlfriend, with a curt message for Dorsey: “You are a coward, @jack. There is no free speech for Conservatives on @Twitter.”

For what it’s worth, Woods noted in the offending tweet that is likely wasn’t real.

“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…,” he tweeted.

In an email to friends, shared online with permission by Kaya Jones, a former member of the Pussycat Dolls and a fellow conservative, Woods confirmed he was locked out of Twitter late last week “because I posted a sarcastic remark about Democrats.”

Saying he was “not in the mood for jokes,” Woods attributed his Twitter suspension to an effort to silence conservatives.

“The purge of conservatives continues unabated on social media,” he wrote, adding that “this muzzle on free speech is a cancer that, if allowed to metastasize, will destroy this nation and everything it stands for.”

Woods spoke with AP on Sunday through his girlfriend’s account, agreeing to talk via FaceTime to verify his identity.

And while he wasn’t optimistic about appealing to Twitter — he characterized the social media platform as an “oppressor” — to unblock his account, Woods stressed that this is about much more than a celebrity being  shut down.

“Was the American Revolution won by appealing to the oppressor? That’s really what this is about. If I appeal and win, what victory is that?” he said.

“I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it,” Woods added. “This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced – one tweet at a time.'”

Tom Tillison


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