A university professor has been slammed for her ‘offensive’ tweet about Queen Elizabeth which was removed by Twitter for violating the platform's rules.
Uju Anya, Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, sent the following message to her 84,000 followers after hearing about the Queen's deteriorating condition, before the Royal family announced the monarch's death just hours later.
“I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying," Ms Anya wrote.
"May her pain be excruciating.”
Following the removal of her by Twitter, Ms Anya doubled down on her sentiment which has brought both backlash and support.
"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." Ms Anya said.
Ulaga Igwe came to Ms Anya's aid on social media, saying "The Crown committed Atrocities in Africa".
"Before you condemn Professor Uju Anya, research her background and you will find the story of her people, Biafra,” Ms Igwe said.
Uju Anya did nothing wrong, you cannot whip a child and at the same time expect the child not to cry.
The Crown committed Atrocities in Africa.
In our Homeland.
Before you condemn Professor Uju Anya, research her background and you will find the story of her people, Biafra.
— Okara mmadu Kiti ❤️🔥 (@Ulaga_Igwe) September 8, 2022
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos expresses his shock
However other's thought the timing of her tweet was disgraceful.
"You are talking about someone on the death bed. It comes to respect," a Twitter user said.
Founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, also contributed to the discussion.
"This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow," he said referring to Ms Anya.
However people were quick to criticise the multibillionaire, citing Amazon's alleged exploitation of employees and antitrust violations.
"Imagine how people will react when it’s your turn," one user said.
"Your workers piss in bottles en masse SIT this one out," said another.
In response to Ms Anya's post, Carnegie Mellon University released a statement saying her views do not represent those of the university.
A statement regarding recent social media posts by Uju Anya. pic.twitter.com/NinpPa4rZg
— Carnegie Mellon University (@CarnegieMellon) September 8, 2022
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