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Actor James Woods took aim at the Mall of America on Monday by posting a 45-second video showing hundreds of Muslims gathering at Nickelodeon Universe, the seven-acre indoor amusement park in the center of Bloomington mall. The conservative actor says “I would suggest getting your Christmas shopping done early. Oh, wait ...”

Woods, a prolific user of Twitter with more than 1 million followers, frequently tweets on conservative causes. His Mall of America tweet had more than 12,000 likes and about 9,000 retweets Tuesday. Many of the nearly 5,000 commenters supported Woods, but it also has generated backlash.

Although it is unclear when the video was originally captured or posted online, Nickelodeon Universe is a popular destination for Minnesota families, including the state’s sizable Somali-American population, particularly during Eid al-Adha, the biggest religious holiday in the Muslim world.

Calls to the Mall of America seeking comment have not been returned.

Tim Harlow • 612-673-7768