James Woods’ Twitter Suspension


The actor, James Woods, was suspended from Twitter the other day for this tweet:

Sara Miller on Twitter

This is the tweet @RealJamesWoods was locked for. Wouldn’t it be ironic if the “Streisand Effect” kicked in and it was retweeted 10,000 times? Retweet at your peril. @jack is watching… ? #FREEJAMESWOODS

I’m afraid it took Scott Adams to explain it to me on his Periscope today. I looked at the tweet, thought it was only mildly funny and really had no idea why Twitter would suspend him for it.

Scott Adams @ScottAdamsSays

Scott Adams talks about James Woods, Rosenstein, Ellison, Kavanaugh, and coffee.

Here’s the nut of it — in Twitter’s view, James Woods was spreading “fake news” that could influence an election because SOME people might think there really was a men’s movement to stay home to make the women’s vote worth more.

ERMAHGERD! If there was ever the time to say ERMAHGERD!, this is it! It’s a JOKE!

To state what I think should be obvious to all, staying home doesn’t make the women’s vote worth more because it’s the total number of votes. I can’t believe I actually wrote that. I think even the Founders would go WAT?!

Scott has said numerous time that about 1/3 of people in the world simply are humor impaired for some reason and incapable of understanding humor. I see this all the time where people here don’t see my humor as outrageously funny! See, that’s a joke! Please don’t post “It’s because you’re not funny!” Sheesh. I can’t believe I actually wrote that.

Rush Limbaugh says “I illustrate absurdity by being absurd.” The most absurd thing he did, if you’re old enough to remember, is deciding to announce that he was supporting Bill Clinton for president.  Would he be suspended today from Twitter for doing something similar? Absolutely he would!

The danger here is that Twitter is projecting onto people what they might think. This is really dangerous and trying to protect them from things that they might think that might not be true. That anyone would have the arrogance to believe I need to be protected from what someone says, is unfathomable to me.

The other thing Rush says is that as part of his show he “not only tells you what’s happening but also tells you what to think about it.” Is this a joke or a dangerous attempt to control the minds of conservatives? Actually, it’s a bit of both since there’s always some truth in any good humor.

To sum up, if you post on Twitter now, please consider what someone who is humor impaired might think about your tweet if you are trying to be humorous. Even if you’re not trying to be humorous and are passing along something that may or may not be true in all aspects that may or may not have an impact on an election that may or may not be happening, you need to fully consider all the possible ways that people may or may not interpret your Tweet. Unless your’re a liberal Democrat, then swing away!

Mark Rosneck

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