James Woods Targets Parents of Gender Nonconforming Boy

'I never expected to get mom-shamed by James Woods'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2017 4:51 PM CDT
James Woods Targets Parents of Gender Nonconforming Boy
The parents of a gender nonconforming child say they've faced online harassment since actor James Woods tweeted about them earlier this week.   (Twitter)

"My brain couldn’t register that James Woods ... was saying that my sweet, happy, harmless 10-year-old son will eventually kill us," Lori Duron tells HuffPost. Duron has written an award-winning book and blog about raising her son CJ, who's identified as gender nonconforming since he was 5. “He says he’s a boy who only likes girl things and wants to be treated like a girl," Lori explains. On Sunday, Woods tweeted a photo of CJ and his parents. "Wait until this poor kid grows up, realizes what you've done, and stuffs both of you dismembered into a freezer in the garage," the actor tweeted. Duron says she has no idea how Woods heard about her family, but they've been subjected to an explosion of online harassment since his tweet.

"I never expected to get mom-shamed by James Woods," Duron says. E! News reports Neil Patrick Harris came to the family's defense, but Woods doubled down in further tweets. The actor denied being homophobic while accusing CJ's parents of "child abuse" by forcing their ideals on their son. "Making your child a target is unwise," Woods said. Duron denies she and husband Matt aren't making CJ gender nonconforming. In fact, she says it would be easier for the family if he wasn't. Duron says it's important to stand up to people like Woods to make a better world for her son and "all the other children like him." As for CJ, Matt Duron tells HuffPost his son "is far too busy with sewing, art, and gymnastics to know or care who James Woods is." (Read more gender nonconforming stories.)

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