Cancel culture fail: Princeton university scores lecture canned by MIT after professor attacked by leftists

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According to a report from the Daily Mail, thousands of students have registered for a remote lecture by a geophysicist at Princeton University after MIT and its cancel culture attitude canceled it from happening at their institution after the professor was targeted for supporting “merit-based evaluations.”

University of Chicago professor Dorian Abbot was denied the opportunity to give the prestigious Carlson Lecture, which is devoted to “new results in climate science” and hosted by MIT’s Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

Abbot’s lecture has since been picked up by Princeton and will be presented via Zoom on October 21st, the same day it was scheduled to be given at MIT. Reportedly, Princeton has had to expand the Zoom quota for the lecture as thousands of students have registered for it. In Bari Weiss’ Substack newsletter, Abbot wrote:

“I am a professor who just had a prestigious public science lecture at MIT cancelled because of an outrage mob on Twitter. My crime? Arguing for academic evaluations based on academic merit.”

Abbot, who is a geophysicist lecturer at the University of Chicago, explained that in the past year, he has been targeted by a woke mob after decided he could “no longer remain silent in good conscience” in the wake of “the street violence of the summer 2020.” He added:

“Some of which I witnessed personally in Chicago, and the justifications and dishonesty that accompanied it. In the fall of 2020, I started advocating openly for academic freedom and merit-based evaluations.”

Abbot said that he argued for “the importance of treating each person as an individual worthy of dignity and respect.” As a result, the professor said he was “immediately targeted for cancellation,” primarily by a group of graduate students in his department.

Abbot stated that the students wrote a letter claiming he had threatened the “safety and belonging of all underrepresented groups within the department,” and sent it to his department chair. The geophysicist said:

“The letter demanded that my teaching and research be restricted in a way that would cripple my ability to function as a scientist.”

In August, Abbot and one of his colleagues wrote an op-ed in Newsweek, arguing that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) on campus “violates the ethical and legal principle of equal treatment,” and “treats persons as merely means to an end, giving primacy to a statistic over the individuality of a human being.”

The professor said they proposed an alternative framework called “Merit, Fairness, and Equality (MFE),” in which applicants are “treated as individuals and evaluated through a rigorous and unbiased process based on their merit and qualifications alone.”

After that, Abbot said his attackers have tried to isolate him and intimidate everyone else into silence. He added that:

“On September 30th, the department chair at MIT called to tell me that they would be cancelling the Carlson lecture this year in order to avoid controversy.”

Abbot added:

“A small group of ideologues mounted a Twitter campaign to cancel a distinguished science lecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology because they disagreed with some of the political positions the speaker had taken. And they were successful within eight days.”

He stated:

“I view this episode as an example as well as a striking illustration of the threat woke ideology poses to our culture, our institutions and to our freedoms. I have consistently maintained that woke ideology is essentially totalitarian in nature: it attempts to corral the entirety of human existence into one narrow ideological viewpoint and to silence anyone who disagrees.”

Now, Abbott will give his lecture at Princeton University. Princeton professor Robert P. George, who stated he was pleased to announce that Abbot’s lecture on extrasolar planets would be hosed at Princeton on October 21st, wrote in a tweet:

“MIT disgraced itself by yielding to pressure to cancel [the class].”

The next day, George announced in a follow-up tweet that the lecture had reached its Zoom limit, adding:

“We’ve requested an expansion of the limit to accommodate more people. We’re delighted.”

He wrote:

“I’m delighted to report that we’ve expanded the Zoom quota for Dr. Dorian Abbot’s Princeton lecture — the one shockingly and shamefully canceled by MIT — and literally thousands of people have registered.”

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Notre Dame defends ‘Fighting Irish’ Leprechaun from woke media looking to cancel the mascot

August 26th, 2021

SOUTH BEND, IN – The University of Notre Dame is not falling into the liberal trap of cancel culture, defending its Fighting Irish leprechaun mascot, and the school’s heritage.

When the IndyStar presented a survey showing the Leprechaun mascot was the fourth-most offensive college football mascot, the university did not blink an eye. They immediately set out to correct the record.

In an email response to the IndyStar, Notre Dame rejected the survey, saying the leprechaun had no comparison to the top three listed, Osceola and Renegade of Florida State, the Aztec Warrior of San Diego State, and Vili the Warrior of the University of Hawaii at Mano:

“It is worth noting … that there is no comparison between Notre Dame’s nickname and mascot and the Indian and warrior names (and) mascots used by other institutions such as the NFL team formerly known as the Redskins.

“None of these institutions were founded or named by Native Americans who sought to highlight their heritage by using names and symbols associated with their people.”

The university said that rather than an insult to the Irish, the leprechaun is a tribute to the Irish heritage and a shot back at those who disparaged them in the past.

The university pointed out that the Irish have been an important part of forming the University and played a key role in choosing the mascot. The Irish were also deeply involved in adopting the “Fighting Irish” nickname for the football team.

The university wrote:

“Our symbols stand as celebratory representations of a genuine Irish heritage at Notre Dame – a heritage that we regard with respect, loyalty, and affection.”

Notre Dame explained that the nickname “Fighting Irish” was originally a term used by other schools to ridicule the university’s sports teams, largely made up of ethnic Catholics. Most were Irish, but some were also German, Italian, and Polish.

As history records, in 1899, Northwestern students chanted “Kill the Fighting Irish” during a game. As the team began to gain national recognition in the early 1900s, the media started using the term “fighting Irish in stories about the team.

The university wrote:

“Soon, Notre Dame supporters took it up, turning what once was an epithet into an ‘in-your-face’ expression of triumph.”

The nickname, with the support of the Irish students, was adopted officially by the school in 1927. The name was adopted by university president Father Matthew Walsh, a man of Irish descent.

The university went on to describe how the university adopted the leprechaun mascot, saying:

“(It is a) symbolic of the Fighting Irish and intentionally a caricature.”

The Leprechaun was originally a disparaging figure created by the English to ridicule the Irish. The figure has become a symbol of strength and determination to the students of the university. Notre Dame wrote:

“Irish-Americans — including those at Notre Dame — again have turned back on former oppressors as a sign of celebration and triumph.

“In both the upraised fists of the Leprechaun mascot and the use of the word “fighting,” the intent is to recognize the determination of the Irish people and, symbolically, the university’s athletes.”

The university said the motto and mascot have become part of the university’s proud Irish heritage:

“Our symbols stand as celebratory representations of a genuine Irish heritage at Notre Dame, a heritage that we regard with respect, loyalty, and affection.”

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Gone too far? Woke, cancel culture is now going after the movie ‘Grease’: ‘Misogynistic,’ ‘rapey,’ and ‘racist’

January 3, 2021

 
The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

ENGLAND- The sheer absurdity and absolute stupidity of the woke, cancel culture knows no bounds. Now they’ve chosen the wrong movie to pick on…Grease. They have awakened a sleeping giant.

Oh, this isn’t in the United States…yet. It’s in Britain, The Sun reports.  

No wonder we had to bail them out of World War II.

For those unfamiliar, Grease is set at an American high school in the late 1950’s, a much simpler time in our nation’s history. That was long before everyone was offended by everything.

The film, based on the Broadway hit of the same name, contains the usual adolescent hijinks that took place in high schools in the 1950’s, and from personal experience in the 1970’s. There is absolutely nothing in the film that someone who doesn’t have their shorts twisted in a bunch should be offended about. Yet somehow, those haughty British did.

On Boxing Day in Britain, the day after Christmas, the BBC aired the 1978 movie, which apparently set some of the more sensitive of Brits into orbit.

What were the criticisms? Well it was “misogynistic,” “rapey,” the ever-overused “racist,” and also included what was referred to as “slut shaming.”

 

Grease was a surprise hit released in the late 1970’s and starred teen-idols John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, along with an ensemble cast that included a number of 1960’s and 1970’s television and movie stars, such as Eve Arden, Joan Blondell, Bobby Darin and Edd Byrnes. It was easily a feel-good movie with a soundtrack that was easy to sing along with.

Of course, the woke who also probably think the Grinch glorifies child abuse because the main character wraps Cindy Lou Who in wrapping paper were out of their minds being offended by Grease.

In the era of the #metoo movement (except where Joe Biden is concerned), Black Lives Matter, LGBTQ and the rest of the alphabet crowd, and other “woke” types of awareness, people are just wrapped too tight to embrace Hollywood fiction.

Let’s go through some of the scenes where those butt-clenched Brits were offended.

One scene is at the drive-in, when Danny Zuko (Travolta) gives Sandy (Newton-John) his high school ring. In the olden days (like when I was in high school), giving your girlfriend your class ring to wear was a sign of commitment, a tradition which I’m told no longer exists. What a shame.

Anyway, after Danny gives Sandy his ring and she accepts, he takes that as permission to advance to the next phase of their relationship, otherwise known as “second base.” When Danny moves in to do so, Sandy is having none of it. She leaves the car in a huff and as he goes after her, she slams the door, hitting him right in the “sweet spot.”

One person on Twitter was very, very offended:

“The drive in/botched makeout session between Danny and Sandy hasn’t aged well. Film kinda glides right into song (“Sandy” before viewers register the date rapey vibe of the scene they just saw. #Grease”

Yet another:

“Ahhh man. Just watching #Grease one of my favourite films and it’s so of its time. Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey.”

 

A third:

“Damn. It seems like Danny’s kinda rapey at the Drive-In with Sandy. #Grease”

“#Grease

This is far too sexist and overly white and should be banned from the screen, it is after all nearly 2021.” 

 

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Oh, but it didn’t end there, but you knew that already, didn’t you?

“Slut-shaming”…did you know there was such a thing? Apparently there is. People were also offended that Rizzo, played by Stockard Channing was being condemned by her peers for having sex.

Does anyone remember high school? Everyone talked about everyone. It was a right of passage. Of course, this was before cyberbullying on social media, thus people had more of a filter and wouldn’t say anywhere near face-to-face what goes for routine talk today on Twitter or Facebook.

Then, there is the part where Rydell High School is going to be part of a live broadcast on “National Bandstand,” a takeoff of the Dick Clark franchise “American Bandstand.”

While the football coach, played by Sid Caesar is reading the rules of the dance off, he says that all couples must be “boy/girl.” One of the T-Birds then says, “Too bad Eugene!” referring to the high school “geek.”

Of course in PC 2021, that is considered “homophobic,” even though the setting for this film (and in fact the time when it was released) was before everyone became aware of and sensitive to such commentary. It’s a time period movie for God’s sake.

Well, of course this set off one of the wokesters:

“All couples must be boy/girl? Well Grease, shove your homophobia.”

“Grease peak of homophobia,” said another.

Hoo boy.

Then there is the allegation of racism. Why? Were the T’Birds and Pink Ladies using racist terminology? Did they prohibit minorities from belonging to their respective gangs? Nope.

There were not enough minorities in the movie.

Here ya go:

“Hey, there’s one non-white couple at the dance! One! #Grease”

Another:

“I caught the end of Grease, the movie, and noticed there were no black actors or pupils at the high school.”

A third:

“Watched Grease on the BBC, surprised they let it go, full of white people.”

The humanity!

For her part, Olivia Newton-John, now 72, has previously dismissed any claims of sexism about the movie.

“It’s a movie and a fun story and I’ve never taken it too seriously.”

Breitbart reports that in Britain, other movies have also been targeted and have been given trigger warnings, which call out their “outdated attitudes” by Sky, owned by Comcast. Among those films are Aliens, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Flash Gordon, The Jungle Book, and Lawrence of Arabia. 

Even the live-action remake of Aladdin starring Will Smith has received the same trigger warnings. 

 

What’s next? People are going to watch Star Wars, also made in the 1970’s and complain that the Imperial Storm Troopers were all white.

Seriously, where does this ridiculous nonsense end? Do the British complain that Mel Gibson’s character in The Patriot, Benjamin Martin is too mean to the British troops, or that there were not enough minorities among the Continental Army?

Political correctness, wokeness and cancel culture are literally destroying everything.
 

 

 

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