College professor who hoped Queen had 'excruciating' death gained more than 100k Twitter followers
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The college professor who wished The Queen an 'excruciating' death has since gained a colossal following on Twitter.
Queen Elizabeth II died last Thursday (8 September) after doctors announced they were concerned for her health.
Upon hearing the news that members of the Royal Family rushed to Balmoral Castle to be by Queen Elizabeth's side, one professor took to Twitter to share her views on the matter.
While members of the public, politicians and celebrities flocked to share their grief and tributes to the monarch who had reigned for 70 years - this academic voiced a completely different reaction.
Dr Uju Anya, associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University, took to the social media platform to express her thoughts - which have since attracted a staggering 100,000 new followers to her Twitter account.
In a Tweet, now removed by Twitter for violating their community guidelines, Dr Anya wished The Queen an excruciating death.
She wrote: "I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating."
After the initial tweet was removed from the platform, Dr Anya followed up her statement: "If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star."
The tweets caught the attention of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos after he hit back at the Carnegie Melon professor: "This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow."
The professor then responded to Bezos, saying: "May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers."
Dr Anya's place of work, Carnegie Mellon University, has since issued an official statement following their staff member's tweets.
The university tweeted: "We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account.
"Free expression is core to the mission of higher education, however, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to foster."
A statement regarding recent social media posts by Uju Anya. pic.twitter.com/NinpPa4rZg— Carnegie Mellon University (@CarnegieMellon) September 8, 2022
While the university has publicly condemned Dr Anya's tweet, it has yet to be revealed whether the professor may be subject to any sort of disciplinary action.
The professor tweeted: "I am not in a battle with Carnegie Mellon University. As the letters of support from the students, faculty, staff, and others in my university community clearly show, I am wanted and I belong here."
Dr Anya added: "From what I've been told, there is no plan to sanction or fire me, and my job is not in jeopardy. My university leadership showed very clearly they did not approve of my speech; however, they stand in firm support of my freedom of expression on my own personal social media."
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