Twitter Hot Take
July 14th, 2017 – James Woods added his voice to the pride conversation by tweeting a photo of a family who attended the Orange County pride festival last month. The photo was accompanied by some controversial comments from the 70-year-old actor.
The family brought signs in support of their son reading “I <3 My Creative Gender Son” and “My Son Wears Dresses & Makeup…Get Over It.” Woods, a straight actor known for his villainous roles and his conservative politics, could not get over it.
He tweeted a dark prediction for what the couple’s son would do to them in the future saying:
“This is sweet. Wait until this poor kid grows up, realizes what you’ve done, and stuffs both of you dismembered into a freezer in the garage.”
This is sweet. Wait until this poor kid grows up, realizes what you’ve done, and stuffs both of you dismembered into a freezer in the garage pic.twitter.com/1k3ITApFsF
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 10, 2017
Woods tweets political commentary regularly and often gets thousands of likes and retweets. This particular one garnered 32k likes and 13k retweets and also received 9k comments.
President Trump himself has retweeted the actor in the past; most recently he shared Woods’ tweet about destruction engineered by President Obama.
In addition to the replies to the dismembering tweet, there were responses from the family and close friends of the family.
Utterly ignorant and classless, Mr. Woods. I’m friends with this family. You know not of what you speak, and should be ashamed of yourself. https://t.co/ZrbtZH49sp
— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) July 11, 2017
The 10-year-old boy’s mother, Lori Duron, spoke with People saying:
“The fact that it was so detailed, it’s really gross to me any time that adults talk about children that way. And the visual image that he evoked was troubling.”
She added that Woods’ tweet was “hugely misinformed:”
“LGBTQ youth don’t hurt their parents, they hurt themselves…He told me the other night before bed that that was his best day ever. That’s what we’re focusing on. Sometimes people can’t tell if he’s a boy or a girl, and they whisper and point. He went to Pride and he wasn’t dealing with whispering or pointing.”