A university professor has been slammed for wishing Queen Elizabeth II an ‘excruciating’ death.
Uju Anya wrote in a tweet on Thursday: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving r**ing genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.”
The Queen died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland after serving for 70 years on the throne.
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Many people were outraged and upset by Anya’s comments, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
The world’s third-richest man quoted her tweet and wrote: “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow.”
The associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University responded by doubling down on her position.
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Writing in a tweet to her 126,000 followers she said: “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.”
She then tweeted Bezos saying: “May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonisers.”
Her responses were posted shortly after Buckingham Palace announced that the 96-year-old monarch had passed away.
The Carnegie Mellon professor continued to defend her comments in a number of explicit tweets.
In one tweet she responded to a user who told her she stank, saying: “You mean like your p***y?”
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Twitter took down Anya’s initial tweet for violating its rules, which stop users from ‘wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm’.
While her employer, the Pennsylvania university of Carnegie Mellon, quickly issued a statement in response. “We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uku Anya today on her personal social media account,” the university tweeted. “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.”
Anya, who describes herself on Twitter as ‘antiracist’, was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and mother from Trinidad and Tobago. Both countries were colonised by the British – Nigeria became independent in 1960, while Trinidad and Tobago followed suit two years later.
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