Actor James Woods has been suspended on Twitter for over a week for “abusive behavior.”
Woods was suspended for a Tweet that read, “If you try to kill the King, you best not miss’ #HangThemAll according to a tweet from his girlfriend Sara Miller.
— Sara Miller (@Millerita) April 20, 2019
Twitter specifically noted his account violated Twitter’s rules “against abusive behavior.” They added, “You may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so. We consider abusive behavior an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.”
The quote is from the television show The Wire, but is an adaptation of a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. Emerson stated, “When you strike at a king, you must kill him.” The quote was in response to future Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes who attempted to refute Plato.
Woods’ version of the quote appears to be in reference to the Mueller Report, where it failed to find collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently explained on the Joe Rogan Experience they were attempting to address the perception of left wing bias on the platform.
However, as we’ve extensively covered, numerous celebrities and even comic book executives have specifically called for violence against people and have not received any kind of punishment from Twitter.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast producer Jack Morrissey wished for the Covington Catholic students be violently killed with them being shoved head first into a woodchipper. He illustrated his words with a photo from FX’s Fargo. Morrissey claimed he was just joking.
Former Star Wars writer and Marvel Comics writer Chuck Wendig called for violence against Donald Trump supporters. Wendig would state, “They can eat shit. All of them. They can eat a boot covered in shoot.” Wendig would report that Marvel fired him for his rhetoric on social media.
Nerdist producer Ben McShane encouraged violence after YouTuber the Quartering was reportedly attacked at GenCon. McShane wrote on Twitter, “I’m just relieved someone punched the Nazi.” He would later tweet, “Public assault on Nazis is good effective.”
IDW Publishing’s Editorial Director of Graphic Novels & Collections Justin Eisinger also threatened to kill President Donald Trump and threatened violence against his supporters. Eisinger would tweet, “The French knew what to do to people like this,” referring to the French Revolution where they used the guillotine to behead dissenters. Not only did he threaten to guillotine people, but he also threatened to choke Donald Trump supporters writing on Twitter, “Completely normal people have taken to cursing and swearing throughout their messages because the pain of being unable to choke these assholes into submission is unrelenting.”
Twitter’s censorship of James Woods coupled with Facebook’s recent ban of Alex Jones, Paul Joseph Watson, Louis Farrakhan, Laura Loomer, and others even had President Donald Trump weigh in.
So surprised to see Conservative thinkers like James Woods banned from Twitter, and Paul Watson banned from Facebook! https://t.co/eHX3Z5CMXb
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 3, 2019
What do you make of Twitter’s censorship of actor James Woods? Do you think Twitter’s Jack Dorsey lied on the Joe Rogan Experience? What do you make of the trend in censorship from these major social media and tech companies?