Emma Gonzalez Claps Back At James Woods For Mocking Her Grief

by Cassandra Stone
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James Woods accused Gonzalez and her friends of being disingenuous in their grief

The students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are taking on the NRA, gun lobbyists, and any right-wing politician who stands in their way.

It’s safe to assume Republicans are actually fearful of them due to how much their activism is upsetting right-wing nut jobs like James Woods and other trolls who can’t stop, won’t stop offering their unsolicited, insulting opinions about these teenagers online.

Woods, a total fucking ghoul who seems determined to headline everyone’s shit list lately, decided to use his Twitter platform to shame Stoneman Douglas students Emma Gonzalez, Cameron Kasky, and Jaclyn Cori for having a cheerful moment during a recent appearance on Ellen.

Why? Because James Woods and other soulless trolls say so, that’s why. And we should absolutely listen to a conspiracy theorist shitbag who’s also an alleged sexual harasser to boot.

Yes, Mr. Woods, grief does indeed have many faces. I guess I shouldn’t tell him about the time my beloved dog died and I dared to laugh again two days later.

Unfortunately, the guy who voiced Hades in Disney’s Hercules and literally only plays scumbags on TV and in movies wasn’t the only person to be a complete asshole about it.

Um, no. No one thinks it’s weird — except for all the people who fear the power these kids hold. Maybe these jerks are robots? Because it’s pretty important to tap into your emotions when you’re grieving after enduring trauma.

Luckily, plenty of empathetic people out there had some warm, encouraging thoughts to share in response to the James Woods of the world.

Also, they were on ELLEN. It’s a literal place of pure joy. Let them have it, indeed.

Predictably, James Woods was served some pretty serious owns.

Perhaps the best own of all came from Gonzalez herself, who — like the rest of her classmates — has a pretty killer social media game. She didn’t drag him (though it would have been incredibly deserved), she just spoke the simple truth about why she and the rest of her high school seem to be bothering many conservatives.

“They hate us for smiling, they hate us for crying, they hate us for speaking, they hate us for being alive — they hate us. What’s important to remember is that their argument against us is so weak and futile that they have to resort to attacking the people delivering the message.”


Don’t they just give you goosebumps? They’ve just experienced a horrific, real-life brutality. They’ve just buried several of their peers. Amid their grief, they’re fighting for change — and it’s working.

If you’re interested in joining the Parkland students in their quest for stricter gun legislation, head over to March For Our Lives to learn more about the nationwide event on March 24.

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