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Heartwarming! This Guy "Isn't Even That Mad" Commencement Speaker Is a Feminist


Photo by Jesper Renn-Jensen / CC BY 2.0

Reports have surfaced that Wharton senior Chad Martindale isn’t absolutely enraged about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie being selected as the commencement speaker for graduation this year. “Yeah, when I heard she was a feminist, I definitely rolled my eyes,” Chad said, shrugging his shoulders, “but I didn’t threaten to boycott the ceremony." He’s so progressive! 

Chad hasn’t read Adichie’s acclaimed novel We Should All Be Feminists and has absolutely no plans to. “I’d definitely be annoyed if she talked about feminism during her speech, but I’m not the type of guy who’d like, throw shit at her. I’d probably just shake my head and make obnoxious noises in disapproval every time she mentioned equal rights.” Awwww! 

“I’m totally all for the general concept of women existing,” Chad clarified. “I just hate when they talk about any of their problems, so I really hope Adichie doesn’t do that. It's like, men struggle too.” But Chad said he’s not the type of guy who’d send her hate mail — he’d do the courteous thing, and just live-tweet his insults during the ceremony. 

“Sure, I thought it was annoying that the administration would pick someone so radical to send off the Class of 2020, but at the end of the day it’s not that big of a deal — I can always bring my AirPods and listen to "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke while she talks.”