On-screen but also real-life villain James Woods has once again found himself in hot water after he took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the Parkland teen survivors for…smiling?
The 70-year-old actor reposted a video of Parkland shooting survivors Emma González, Cameron Kasky and Jaclyn Corin smiling before their appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, captioning it “Grief wears many faces…”
Grief wears many faces… pic.twitter.com/EIKQby8SuV
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 26, 2018
Now, whether Woods A) expected these teenagers to never crack a smile again for the remainder of their lives or B) thought a clip promoting the Ellen DeGeneres show should have aimed to depress, is unclear. It probably wouldn’t stretch the imagine far to say James Woods has probably never seen the Ellen show, considering his disdain for the LGBT community.
Anyway, Twitter wasn’t buying the idea that smiling at any point after a tragedy makes one a scumbag, and they brought the fire.
When did you become such an asshole? Have you ever grieved for anything or anyone? There are moments of joy and even laughter when you grieve. You can’t be this big of a prick.
— andy lassner (@andylassner) February 27, 2018
So now your picking on kids ?
— Sean brown (@seantbrown) February 26, 2018
i barely know who you are and you think you're in a position to judge children who saw seventeen people die. wild.
— @tw*tter are you going to ban the nazis or what? (@JannaElizabeth4) February 27, 2018
Several Twitter users noted how– though Wood meant it as a diss– grief really does wear many faces. Hence the expression.
Well, shame on you for judging. Everybody grieves differently. And not everybody grieves 24/7. You, of all people, if you’ve experienced grief, should know that. Shame on you.
— STOP INSANE POTUS (@InsanePotus) February 26, 2018
100% agree. How can you be angry with children who are happy to still be alive? Are they supposed to be sad constantly?
— ⛧Satanic Nomadic⛧ (@HowieHighart) February 27, 2018
Grief wears every face. I haven't cried about my mothers death, but I've grieved. Grief involves every single emotion there is – including joy. We are past the days of mourning in black – we are in the days of mourning by fighting for change and that wears every emotion.
— Lisa Shambrook (@LisaShambrook) February 27, 2018
Ah, the same genius thinking brought to you by the people who say "look, I have a snowball so global warming can't be real." A moment of happiness doesn't mean you aren't experiencing loss. They survived, part of them gets to be happy about that just as much as they're grieving.
— ARoomWithAPoo (@ARoomWithAPoo) February 27, 2018
Do u want them to just cry? Life and the fight will continue. Unfortunately u don’t know what is real life as yours is based on acting.
— Boubah (@Boubah360) February 26, 2018
Many mentioned how even at funerals, smiling and laughter is often seen as a celebration of life rather than a lack of respect towards the dead:
You must not be good at your job. Most people after a funeral ho to a wake where food is served and people laugh through their grief. You might want to take a refresher course on how to deal with people
— C and J LOL Factory (@CnJLOLFactory) February 26, 2018
Hey @TonyBrunoShow u ever been to a funeral repast? Of course you have you’re Italian. Lots of laughing and celebrating life. Minutes after a funderal. I love you man, but this is getting ridiculous. They are kids. Having a little fun is good therapy to cope with a tragedy.
— Alex Uram (@FlexyLexy40) February 26, 2018
At my father’s wake and funeral I smiled and laughed and had fun remembering him and his life. There was sadness yes, but there was joy as well. In short – bite me.
— Bill “fuck the NRA” Wierenga (@bwierenga) February 27, 2018
Are you serious? Have you ever been to a funeral and laughed w loved ones about memories & good times? Laughed w people you haven't seen in ages & took pictures? This is really disturbing. I didn't know you were active here until seeing you attack these kids. This is you IRL?? ?
— michelledoll (@michellesuicide) February 27, 2018
Hey, what's the difference between an Irish wedding and and Irish funeral?
One less person.
Surely you've heard that before. Laughter and joy help you heal.
How long are they supposed to cry before they are allowed to find some joy again?
— Shari (@schmuwolf) February 27, 2018
Clearly has never been to an Irish funeral!
— Heather calls BS (@winterpersists) February 27, 2018
or Filipino funeral, we have people singing few days after day 1, food and storytelling
— Gabe Karl (@_GabeKarl) February 27, 2018
And others still were baffled by Wood’s quick condemnation of Parkland teens’ joy and simultaneous lack of commentary on Trump’s behavior:
Yeah, at least they didn't go golfing days after a mass shooting.
— Caro (@carogonza) February 26, 2018
Or take a picture in the hospital smiling like a Cheshire cat and giving a thumbs up. That picture just screamed 'deepest condolences' and 'thoughts & prayers' didn't it? #FakePresident #FakeHumanBeing
— (Sir)PatrickR1971 (@PatrickR1971) February 26, 2018
They are teenagers being teenagers almost 2 weeks after the tragedy. But you the older person here look and sound ridiculous by these petty attacks. How did you feel about a 71 yr old giving the thumbs up for a photo op 2 days after pic.twitter.com/hnSVKP5T0e
— ???Trump Cadet Bone Spurs (@osodominicano) February 27, 2018
Then there was this lowest of blows:
You know, the fact that you have clearly forgotten how human emotion actually works explains an awful lot about what's happened to your acting ability over the past decade.
— Ari Marmell (@mouseferatu) February 27, 2018
🙁 Sorry James Woods. You don’t get a free pass to be a jerk ’til infinity just because you were in Videodrome.