As if determined to prove three things about ultraliberals — that they’re humorless, grouchy and self-righteous– a University of Iowa prof got nasty over an email invitation to the campus GOP’s “Coming out Week.”
Ellen Lewin, a professor of Anthropology and Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies in the Department of Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, sent a vulgar response [“#*@% [F-Word] YOU, REPUBLICANS] to a College Republican email about the group’s, “Conservative Coming Out Week.”
Campus politics today are such that openly declaring oneself conservative is akin to admitting homosexuality in the 1950s.
Lewin, who pulls down $94,800, defended her nasty, hurtful, insensitive and uncivil language, noting that:
“This is a time when political passions are inflamed, and when I received your unsolicited email, I had just finished reading some newspaper accounts of fresh outrages committed by Republicans in government. I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities. I would really appreciate your not sending blanket emails to everyone on campus, especially in these difficult times.”
Political passions are often inflamed, particularly by thin-skinned academics who spew angry invective over a mild joke.
But she wasn’t done.
I should note that several things in the original message were extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity. Despite the Republicans’ general disdain for LGBT rights you called your upcoming event “conservative coming out day,” appropriating the language of the LGBT right movement. Your reference to the Wisconsin protests suggested that they were frivolous attempts to avoid work. And the “Animal Rights BBQ” is extremely insensitive to those who consider animal rights an important cause.
So F-you is okay, but satire is offensive. Where is Orwell when we need him?