Why Was James Woods Booted Off Twitter? Actor's Account Locked Over Election Meme

Actor James Woods attends the 2017 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 19, 2017. Woods has had his Twitter account suspended after sharing a meme in July. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images

Oscar nominee James Woods, 71, has been put in Twitter jail after the social media site alleged a tweet from July was in violation of its rules.

Woods's account was suspended on Thursday because his old tweet "has the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election." In reference to the midterm elections, Woods shared a satirical meme that showed men pledging not to vote because it would make a woman's vote "worth more."

The tweet reads: "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 a possibility," Woods wrote. The meme shows three men smiling accompanied by the words: "We're making a woman's vote worth more (underlined) by staying home."

Here it is, @jack. Now...what is it about this tweet that made you ban @realJamesWoods? pic.twitter.com/me2A7GiyJn

— Jim Wyman (@jimwyman5) September 23, 2018

Speaking to the Associated Press on Sunday, Woods said he would be allowed back on Twitter if he deletes the post. He has refused. "Free speech is free speech, it's not (Twitter CEO) Jack Dorsey's version of free speech," Woods said.

"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 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."

Woods is an avid tweeter and sometimes posts more than 10 times a day. He has 1.73 million followers. His Twitter account is still viewable, Woods just can't access it. He said his girlfriend shared the same meme on Friday, yet her Twitter account remains unaffected.

Twitter claims the meme is in violation of its rules because it could suppress people voting. "I wish this were about an unknown Twitter user so that I could be even more passionate about it," Woods said. "This is not about a celebrity being muzzled. This is about an American being silenced—one tweet at a time."

Twitter told Newsweek: "We don't comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons."

Woods is one of the few members of Hollywood who openly supports Trump. Last year, he got in argument with actor Armie Hammer over a movie plot. Hammer played a gay man in the 2017 film Call Me By Your Name, and his character was a 24-year-old dating a 17-year-old.

Woods seemingly took offence and tweeted: "As they quietly chip away the last barriers of decency."

Hammer was not pleased and fired back, saying: "Didn't you date a 19-year-old when you were 60…?"

This article was updated to include a response from Twitter, and to correct a misspelling of the name Armie Hammer.