October 4, 2023

Despite the fact that James Woods was considered one of Elon Musk’s greatest superstar supporters when the Tesla CEO took over the social media web site previously often known as Twitter, Musk confirmed that he wasn’t so inclined to reciprocate the actor’s good will and gracefully settle for his criticism of his pledge to take away the platform’s “block” choice.

Musk, apparently being Musk, instructed Woods to “delete your account.” Musk then hit “block” on Woods — the very button the 2 males had been arguing about, the Day by day Beast reported. Maybe being thin-skinned, Musk didn’t take too kindly to Woods calling him a “grasping capitalist” and dismissing his claims of being a defender of free speech.

Actor James Woods attends the 2017 WritersGuild Awards L.A. Ceremony at The Beverly Hilton Resort on February 19, 2017in Beverly Hills, California. (Picture by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Imagesfor WGAw) 

“Musk, whom I as soon as championed, is barely doing this to guard his advertisers anyway,” Woods said on X Saturday about the proposal to finish the “block” characteristic. “Customers of X are mere pawns to show the location into an digital shopping center. The person I believed was a defender of free speech is simply one other grasping capitalist. Disappointing, however not shocking.”

After Musk blocked Woods, the actor wrote, “(Your) prerogative, sir, which is precisely my level. Have a pleasant day.”

It’s arduous to gauge why Musk so cavalierly lashed out at a celeb fan who has 3.4 million followers and who shares lots of his conservative, anti-woke sensibilities. One X person called Musk’s move “bizarro,” however Musk additionally likes to play provocateur and is “ever a bundle of contradictions and inconsistencies,” because the New York Instances as soon as mentioned.

Because the New York Put up and the Day by day Beast reported, Musk and Woods started arguing on X Friday after Musk mused on the potential of eradicating the block button and Woods disparaged this plan. Doing so, the double-Oscar nominee mentioned, would make the location “untenable” for public figures corresponding to himself.

“Within the midst of a libel swimsuit I used to be focused by 30 trolls the defendant enlisted to harass me,” Woods wrote in an X post on Saturday. “X shall be untenable for individuals like me, who’re prepared to share their identities. If he does this, I’ll haven’t any selection however to retire from this web site.”

When a supporter of Woods responded to the put up, writing that “we received to be sure that doesn’t occur. You’re some of the necessary individuals on right here,” Woods responded, “If @elonmuskremoves the flexibility to dam concerted harassment by trolls or organized political entities, how will ‘X’ be any totally different from Jack Dorsey’s horrid Twitter?”

After Woods confirmed that Musk blocked him, he expressed gratitude to his supporters and insisted that he didn’t actually plan to go wherever.

“The recurring theme in your many heartfelt DM’s was a concern that I would depart X,” Woods told his followers. “I’ve have now determined I’ll by no means depart, and can solely ever be silent once they discover an excuse to take away my account.”

Woods additionally mentioned he had “battled the oppressive boot of censorship earlier than, and can proceed till the Stasi at X discover an excuse to bury me for good.” Woods is little question referring to the occasions he was suspended or blocked from Twitter when he posted politically-themed messages that had been mentioned to be deceptive or tinged with conspiracy theories and in violation of the platform’s phrases of service, Newsweek reported. 

For this so-called battle in opposition to “the oppressive boot” of Musk’s censorship, Woods acquired assist from individuals in divergent political circles. Some had been Musk followers, the New York Put up reported.