Actor James Woods has been at the center of numerous controversies this summer, and other public figures are speaking up.
It all started in July when he posted a photo of a 10-year-old boy named C.J. at an LGBTQ event with his parents and wrote a gruesomely homophobic comment.
This is sweet. Wait until this poor kid grows up, realizes what you've done, and stuffs both of you dismembered into a freezer in the garage pic.twitter.com/1k3ITApFsF
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) July 10, 2017
Recently, the conservative actor made news once more with his derogatory comments about the film Call Me By Your Name. The movie features a gay romance between a 24 year-old-man, played by Armie Hammer, and a younger boy. Apparently the homosexuality wasn't all that bothered Woods, as he alluded in a tweet that the age difference "quietly chip[s] away the last barriers of decency."
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 11, 2017
Hammer masterfully clapped back at the criticism, asking Woods on Twitter, "Didn't you date a 19 year old when you were 60.......?"
Didn't you date a 19 year old when you were 60.......?
— Armie Hammer (@armiehammer) September 11, 2017
This opened the door for Amber Tamblyn to share her awful experience with Woods. She tweeted on Sept. 11 about a time when the much older actor attempted to "pick up" her and a friend. She was 16, and apparently that only made him more interested in her. "James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once," she wrote. "He wanted to take us to Vegas. 'I'm 16' I said. 'Even better' he said."
James Woods tried to pick me and my friend up at a restaurant once. He wanted to take us to Vegas. "I'm 16" I said. "Even better" he said.
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 11, 2017
Woods later denounced her story, claiming that all the negative attention and articles about him were the result of trolls, Refinery29 reports. In a powerful response, Tamblyn provided proof in a series of texts with the friend who witnessed Woods' come on. She also used the opportunity to write an open letter to Woods and all others like him, calling attention to "the universal woman's story."
Since I know people love to question the intengrity and honesty of women when they come forward with stories like this, here you go. pic.twitter.com/rchYilrjuZ
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) September 12, 2017
In the letter, published by Teen Vogue, the feminist actress boldly asks, "Are you and your history with women and girls a part of the problem, Mr. Woods?" She elaborates on their horrid encounter, expresses her concern for women everywhere, and calls on the actor to take this "teachable moment" to change himself and his behavior.
She writes, "The saddest part of this story doesn't even concern me but concerns the universal woman's story. The nation's harmful narrative of disbelieving women first, above all else. Asking them to first corroborate or first give proof or first make sure we're not misremembering or first consider the consequences of speaking out or first let men give their side or first just let your sanity come last."
"So it is with hope, Mr. Woods, that I ask you to go inward now and ask yourself the hard stuff. The ominous unconscious stuff. The archetypal masculinity stuff. The power-play stuff. The perversion persuasion stuff. The secretive stuff. The id's most cherished stuff." She encourages the actor once more, "Go now and look in the mirror and ask yourself if this is true. Go on, I'll wait. But I won't hold my breath."
Amber Tamblyn is a feminist hero, but hey, we already knew that, didn't we?