Actor stirs Islamophobes with Mall of America video

Actor James Woods has no time for the ideals of the United States as a great melting pot embracing a freedom of religion. How else to explain his tweet?

Not that anyone has to explain themselves to Islamophobes, but there is an explanation for what was happening in the video, the context of which might have disrupted Woods’ clear attempt to throw red meat to his kind.

The occasion in June was Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Many parents go shopping for gifts for children, and the restaurants at the mall become particularly popular following a month of fasting from sunrise to sunset.

Woods’ fans were only too happy to oblige his hatred.

Woods’ tweet came less than 24 hours after actress Elizabeth Perkins called out the actor at a #MeToo Survivors rally on Sunday.

In September, Amber Tamblyn accused Woods, 70, of trying to pick her up when she was underage.

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  • Rob

    To paraphrase Forrest Gump: Sleazy is as sleazy does.

  • What a shining example of community. People interacting, many parents holding their kid’s hand, everyone appearing to be polite and orderly…

  • Jerry

    Huh, I guess his role in “Ghosts of Mississippi” wasn’t much of a stretch.

  • X.A. Smith

    If he doesn’t like it, he can go back to wherever he came from. Rhode Island, I think?

    • Ironic. A state founded by a man in search of religious freedom and tolerance.

      • asiljoy

        Specifically that state was founded by people fleeing other Americans persecuting them vs fleeing Europeans right? So an extra level there

        • Yes, fleeing the Massachusetts Bay Colony, whose members were the original hypocrites.

  • Mike Worcester

    It’s a :45 second video. That’s it. Three quarters of a minute.

    Of course we all know that’s all one needs to reach a logical conclusion about the situation in front of them.

  • Kassie

    As pointed out on twitter, what could be more American than celebrating a religious holiday by spending money at a mall?

    • RBHolb

      You always hear the haters saying that people who move here should adopt our ways. It looks like they have.

      • Paul

        Wait but…they meant the other thing!

  • STPCommuter

    Heartened to read these comments. MPR readers/listeners are the best!

  • Jack Boardman

    Go AWAY, Mr. Woods, and ply your hatred elsewhere!

  • Susan WB

    What do I see when I watch that video? “Local residents flock to popular entertainment venue to celebrate holiday, boosting local economy.”

  • MrE85

    The first time I saw James Woods, he shot Ted Dan Danson in an onion field, and I’ve never liked him since.

  • JAM661

    It look like to me they are enjoying what America has to offer. Good for them! Those who don’t like it can stay under their rocks but this time look at themselves for reasons why they are not happy instead of blaming others who come hear for the exact same reason their ancestors did and that was a chance to live in peace and work towards the American dream of prosperity. I think a lot of Americans are jealous because immigrants are willing to do just about anything and to work together within their community and family to get ahead. Well many Americans just think the job should just be handed to them. PS refugees are usually sponsored by non -profit group in instead of getting government payments or benefits. The Vetting process is also very long and if in a UN refugee camp the UN is the one who picks the country the refugee goes to depending on how the UN feels what would be the best for the refugee moving and standard the country requires. Of course the USA has final say on who comes or does not come. In fact, some wait up to 8 years in these camps just for their chance to be here.

  • Bridget L.

    Don’t follow him on Twitter if you don’t want your blood to boil. I only continue to do so so as to see what they are currently up in arms about. In never ceases to amaze me what they feel the need to get upset about.

  • gus

    Woods is a despicable person; this is just more of his ugliness.

  • sinclap

    I guess he has never been to NYC where there is a sizable orthodox Jewish community.

    • As an aside – I was at Prater Amusement Park in Vienna, Austria a few years back on a day when hundreds of Orthodox Jews were also enjoying the park. It was quite the scene.


  • JamieHX

    I don’t know what James Woods is trying to say, but *I* don’t like seeing this. Seeing all those oppressed women and girls makes my blood boil. Other commenters here talk about “adopting our ways.” How about if they adopt “ways” that matter like gender equality?

    • We’ve adopted gender equity?

      • News to me.

          • JamieHX

            I didn’t say that fundamentalist Christians were perfect either.

          • MicahT

            Something tells me you’ve not had a great deal of personal interaction with the Minnesota Somali community.

          • JamieHX

            I’m an atheist, by the way. I don’t like what most religions do and say regarding women. Some are worse than others.

        • JamieHX

          I didn’t say we were perfect. We’re far and away better than the example shown above.

          • What specifically do you have a problem with in the video?

          • JamieHX

            Just in this video, I have a problem with the women and girls being covered head to toe, which they do even when it’s 95 humid degrees. But that’s also a symbol of ALL the ways in which women and girls are owned and defined by men, especially in Islamic cultures. It erases much of their humanity. Although “westerners” are still fighting for real, full equality for women, we have made great strides towards it and have elevated the status of women a lot, including in the mainstream Judeo-Christian segments of the West. The same cannot be said for cultures where Islam dominates.

          • So Islam is what makes your blood boil. Got it.

            Woods too.

          • JamieHX

            Hmmm… I don’t know what Woods thinks, but I get the sense that you think there’s something wrong with opposing the oppression of women.

          • Really? You don’t know what Woods thinks. I think you do.

            I’m not in favor of the oppression of women. I am against looking at a picture of families enjoying themselves and saying, “those women are oppressed” based on what they’re wearing.

            But let me know when you actually talk or meet them and learn about their particular lives as opposed to just looking at what they’re wearing. It might be good for your blood.

          • >>We’re far and away better than the example shown above.<<

            "The example shown above"?

            What, specifically, do you mean?

            Families having a nice time at an amusement park or that some people in attendance dress "funny"?

          • JamieHX

            The way they dress is very meaningful.

          • >>The way they dress is very meaningful.<<

            And you still haven't answered the question.

          • JamieHX

            Answered it above.

          • Hardly.

  • JamieHX

    Whose freedom are you referencing?