Actor James Woods has run afoul of the Twitter sheriffs — again.
Sara Miller, his girlfriend, shared with Twitter on March 24 that her boyfriend had been locked out of Twitter, this time for sharing a picture of former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum. Woods had initially tweeted, “Just remember, this could have been Florida’s governor in the midst of the #WuhanCoronaVirus pandemic. Make sure you vote #Republican in November like your life depends on it. Because it does. #Trump2020Landslide.”
Gillum was found in a hotel room on March 13 where someone had overdosed on an unknown substance. He was found in an “‘inebriated state,’ according to an incident report filed by the Miami Beach Police Department." Gillum has since announced that he will be entering rehab. He ran for Florida state governor in 2018, losing by 34,000 votes to Republican candidate Ron DeSantis.
Twitter reportedly informed Woods that the image he had shared “violat[ed] our rules against posting or sharing privately produced/distributed intimate media of someone without their express consent.” The issue with this ruling was that the Daily Mail had initially published the photo in an article on its website.
Miller posted a screencap of the suspension, along with a quote from Woods, “Twitter is, of course, protecting Andrew Gillum because no one should ever know how vile these Democrat scum truly are.”
A Twitter spokesperson said, “The account owner was temporarily locked out for violating the Twitter Rules.”
Woods has been suspended from Twitter multiple times. His most recent lockout was in February 2020, when he tweeted, “I was already locked out once since I’ve been back for a tweet that was over a year old. Some whiney-ass liberal actually sniffed through a year of tweets and the #SoyBrigade at Twitter locked me out for it. What are they so afraid of?”
Previously, Twitter suspended Woods for a meme about “a woman’s vote” being “worth more” in a midterm election. While Twitter said the meme had “the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election,” Woods said, “Free speech is free speech -- it’s not Jack Dorsey’s version of free speech.”