Emma Gonzalez says people like James Woods "hate us for being alive."
James Woods walked right into another Twitter controversy this week, after sending out a tweet criticizing the survivors of the Parkland shooting for daring to smile while backstage at "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."
On Sunday, the actor tweeting a 5-second video showing 18-year-old Emma Gonzalez, 17-year-old Cameron Kasky and 17-year-old Jaclyn Cori backstage at the talk show, waving, smiling and flashing a peace sign. His caption: "Grief wears many faces..."
Grief wears many faces... pic.twitter.com/EIKQby8SuV— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) February 26, 2018
Woods' tweet caught a ton of backlash in the comments, including a few aimed at President Donald Trump. "Yeah, at least they didn't go golfing days after a mass shooting," was one of the most popular replies. "Or take a picture in the hospital smiling like a Cheshire cat and giving a thumbs up. That picture just screamed 'deepest condolences' and 'thoughts & prayers' didn't it? #FakePresident #FakeHumanBeing," added another follower.
One Twitter user re-tweeted Woods' post with a message that caught Gonzalez's attention. In it, a user going by the handle "generichoe" wrote, "y'all want them to live through watching their friends die and then shame them for short moments of happiness? WHAT??"
Gonzalez re-tweeted that message, adding her own response to the actor and anyone else criticizing the survivors' actions.
"They hate us for smiling, they hate us for crying, they hate us for speaking, they hate us for being alive - they hate us," she wrote. "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."
While appearing on Ellen, the teenagers addressed the conspiracy theory against them claiming they're all "crisis actors."
"I've been acting since Kindergarden in Ms. Blakely's production of 'The Rainbow People.' I was the narrator and since then I've been lucky enough to be in 'Little Shop of Horrors,' 'Fiddler On The Roof' and if you've seen those you'd know I'm not somebody who deserves any money for acting," Kasky said.
On the show, Gonzalez also wanted to make it clear the survivors are not lobbying to take away American's guns -- they just want stricter laws.
"We're not saying no guns," Gonzalez said. "We are saying we want to regulate semi-automatic weapons and the accessories that make them fully automatic because fully automatic weapons are banned, but the accessories that make semi-automatic aren't so we want to stop those from getting into the hands of the public."