Actor James Woods Slams CDC Speech Police: ‘You Nitwits Don’t Have Better Things to Do in the Middle of a Pandemic??!!’

Craig Bannister | August 30, 2021 | 1:00pm EDT
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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 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”
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