James Woods has a thing for coming after gay men. He’s never made his homophobia and his general lack of respect for the LGBT community a secret, but most people tend to just ignore it as the ramblings of an out-of-touch old man.
Andy Cohen is not most people.
In May 2017, Anderson Cooper rolled his eyes on air in response to something Kellyanne Conway said. He was not the first person to do that, nor was he the last. Anderson was the only one to draw the ire of Trump-supporting Woods, though. James Woods tweeted about the moment and, rather than commenting about political opinions, lack of professionalism, or anything relevant, he gave us this.
Yeah. It’s gross.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) May 12, 2017
Fast forward to New Year’s Eve 2018. Anderson and Andy Cohen, both openly gay men, were having a moment hosting. The two did a celebratory shot together, and it was clear that Cooper doesn’t do shots often. Cooper wasn’t ready for the burn and he gagged and made some noises that sounded — not even going to lie — like a cartoon chicken. Continuing his noises and obviously kidding around at this point, Cooper said, “It’s like burning your lungs!”
Woods tweeted the 27-second clip with a comment taking shots at the men — and all men in 2019.
Because back in his day real men could drink lighter fluid and pretend it was tasty?
You’d think most of Woods’ followers would share the same mentality he does, but a surprising number of people were really turned off by the jab.
They weren’t shy about letting him know.
Wait… Aren't you the man who tried to fuck underage girls?
— Chris Lavoie 🎂 (@RadioGuyChris) January 2, 2019
@RealJamesWoods can not help himself from being jealous of those who embrace life as they see it. Woods was once an introspective man, a greatly respected actor who, by his insatiable need to be liked and relevant grew toxic by a knee-jerk reaction at perceived rejection.
— Mel W (@MelW16628227) January 2, 2019
Actual famous men who still have careers in 2019. 🤔🤦🏼♂️😎
— Scott🌊E (@InkGigolo) January 2, 2019
Yep, they really did rock it! Love them. 💜❤️💚💙💛
— Kathy Sena (@kathysena) January 2, 2019
Anderson Cooper IS a man, @realJamesWoods used to play one in the movies.
— Rack Anne Ruin (@rackanneruin) January 2, 2019
The seat of a judge is a lonely place….the seat of a wrongful one is the loneliest.🤔
— Anja Zarnekow (@jaspisaries) January 2, 2019
Among the people who were NOT having it was Andy Cohen, who fired back by sharing James’ tweet with a minor adjustment.
Which set off a whole parade of comments like these:
Part of toxic masculinity is the idea that a real man drinks heavily. My grandpa, who I never met, would be so intoxicated that he’d crawl home from the bar on all fours. I’d prefer AC’s reaction than to see some guy unblinkingly down a shot who believes that makes him tough
— Dave #VetsResistSquadron (@davidwsapp) January 1, 2019
I think these two were the most entertaining on tv last night. Maybe Woods has feelings he just can’t come to grips with. Sort of like Pence.
— TK_Thoughts20 (@TK2044237326) January 1, 2019
Damn, the clapback came in heavy and strong. Dear. @RealJamesWoods FUCK OFF.
— TheTruthWorksBest (@KPSmallBiz) January 1, 2019
Intelligent, handsome, kind hearted, funny men of 2019 whom also have million dollar smiles that light up a room and welcome you with open arms…..love Andy Cohen and Anderson….#whoisjameswoods
— Samantha Losson (@LossonSamantha) January 1, 2019
Making men feel less than because they don’t drink a lot is so old. Let’s not. Anderson Cooper is adorable here and always. Happy new year to you both!
— Jacki Flynn (@jackiwrites) January 2, 2019
Guys, as we move into 2019, can we please let go of the idea that “real men” are heavy drinkers of hard liquor? I mean, have you ever tried a piña colada? They’re delicious and they don’t attack you as you try to swallow them. Besides, if Harrison Ford winces, we feel like that pretty much kills the entire argument.