Uju Anya, The Professor Who Wished The Queen “Excruciating” Pain, Defends Her Position

Uju Anya, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who sparked a backlash after his tweet wishing Queen Elizabeth II’s ‘excruciating’ pain went viral, defends his position, saying in a statement that “I stand by what I said”.

As news of the Queen’s failing health emerged hours before her death was announced on Thursday, Anya tweeted her response. “I heard that the chief monarch of a genocidal thief and rapist empire is finally dying,” Anya said in the now-deleted tweet. “May his pain be excruciating.”

The cause of Queen Elizabeth II’s death on Thursday has yet to be revealed as the UK goes through a period of grief and transition as King Charles III takes the throne.

Many criticized Anya for lack of empathy towards the Queen and the Royal Family, including none other than Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who tweeted her on Thursday, saying, “Is this someone supposedly working to make the world a better place? I do not think so. Wow.”

Bezos’ involvement pushed the tweet to a new level of visibility. In response, Carnegie Mellon tweeted a statement calling Anya’s statement “offensive and reprehensible”, and Twitter deleted her original comment, saying it broke the platform’s rules. Friday Anya said The cup his mailbox was inundated with hate messageswith subject lines that “all start with the N-word, bitch, genetically inferior.”

But Anya continued to stand up for her beliefs. “There will be no apologies from me,” she said on Friday. “I stand by what I said.” On social media, she retweeted more posts discussing the horrific impacts of British colonization.

Others came to Anya’s defense and specifically called out Jeff Bezos for picking out her tweet. A user found a Anya’s message with Chris Smalls, one of the main organizers and founders of the Amazon Labor Union. “I was wondering why Professor Anya was selected by Jeff Bezos,” they wrote. “That is why.” Some have pointed out that Carnegie Mellon had previously accepted a $2 million donation from Amazon.

“I already have my tweets lined up for you when you leave,” Jeff Bezos was told. The tweet reported that of Bezos in the process.

Meanwhile, Anya doubled down on her position.

“If anyone expects me to express anything other than contempt for the monarch who oversaw a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which still live today you can keep wishing for a star,” Anya said in the remaining visible tweet.

2022-09-10 18:17:24

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