Actor James Woods rebuked the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for telling Americans what they should, and shouldn’t say, instead of focusing its attention on the coronavirus pandemic.
In a tweet on Friday, the CDC asked Americans “Are you using #inclusive language” and directed them to a CDC.gov webpage titled, “Preferred Terms for Select Population Groups & Communities.”
“You nitwits don’t have better things to do in the middle of a PANDEMIC??!!” actor James Woods replied.
The CDC webpage lists words and expressions that it says should not be spoken and provides suggested replacements that “represent an ongoing shift toward non-stigmatizing language.”
Some of words the CDC wants shunned, and their CDC-approved substitutes, include:
- Replace “inmate” with “People/Persons who are incarcerated or detained,”
- Replace “Convict/Ex-Convict” with “People who were formerly incarcerated,”
- Replace “Drug-Users” with “Persons who use drugs/people who inject drugs,”
- Replace “Alcoholics” with “Persons with Alcohol use disorder,”
- Replace “Homeless people/The Homeless” with ‘Persons experiencing unstable housing/housing insecurity/persons who are not securely housed,”
- Replace “The poor/Poor people” with “People who self-reported income in the lowest income bracket (if income brackets are defined),”
- Replace “High-risk population” with “People who live/work in setting that put them at increased/higher risk of becoming infected or exposed to hazards,”
- Replace gendered pronouns (He or She) with “they or their”