Classes Canceled After Problematic Tweets Surface from Early 2010s
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February 19, 2019 at 10:51 pm
Yikes. In the age of the internet, nothing is forgotten.
Classes at Penn have been officially canceled after students discovered a handful of tweets from the early 2010s that espoused views that have been called "hateful" and "offensive." The tweets were posted from a variety of official Penn accounts.
The History Department posted a tweet that said "There just aren't that many important women in history. Sorry feminists." in August of 2011. Like many of the department's tweets, the post did not garner significant reactions. It has since been deleted.
In late 2014, Student Registration and Financial Services tweeted "Damn this job would be a lot easier if we stopped accepting these broke ass students crying about financial aid... but that's none of our business," with a picture of Kermit the Frog drinking Lipton attached. The tweet had not been deleted at press time.
Penn's Math Department simply tweeted "reading is #gay lol" in 2012 before deleting it a few days later. Screenshots remain. It is unclear who ran the Math Department's Twitter at the time or why anyone would follow such an account to begin with.
One tweet from Amy Gutmann's account in 2012 was just a link to the viral YouTube music video for "Gangnam Style." It's not offensive, but it's certainly weird that she tweeted that.
It's not clear what will happen next. Penn could bounce back from this, or its reputation could be destroyed forever. In any case, it's pretty crazy that Amy Gutmann tweeted out the link to "Gangnam Style" with no context or anything.