A university professor wished Queen Elizabeth II a “painful” death, but Amazon founder Jeff Bezos immediately criticized her.
“I heard that the top monarch of a thieving, raping and genocidal empire is finally dying,” Uju Anja, an associate professor of second language studies at Carnegie Mellon University, tweeted Thursday. “May her pain be excruciating.”
The third richest person in the world then quoted Ani’s tweet and wrote: “Is this someone supposedly working to make the world a better place?” in New York Post reported.
“I don’t think so,” Bezos added. “Wow.”
What happened back and forth was that the 96-year-old monarch was under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, and less than an hour before Buckingham Palace officially announced that Queen Elizabeth had died at the age of 96.
In a follow-up to her original post elsewhere, the Carnegie Mellon professor openly defended her tweet.
After one Twitter user tweeted, “Ugh, you stink,” Professor Anya responded, “You mean how’s your pussy?”
Professor Anya also doubled down on her stance in a response to Bezos, posted just minutes after Elizabeth’s death was confirmed, writing: “May everyone you and your ruthless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember. their colonizers.
Twitter later removed Professor Anya’s original tweet for violating its rules, which forbid “wishing or hoping someone will be physically harmed.”
Professor Anya and Carnegie Mellon did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
When another user asked why she wishes Elizabeth dead, the professor wrote, “I don’t wish her dead. She is already dying. I wish her a painfully painful death like the one she caused millions of people.”
“If anyone expects me to express anything other than disdain for a monarch who led a government that sponsored a genocide that destroyed and forced the abandonment of half my family and the consequences of which those who live today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing for the star,” Professor Anya added.
According to interview with professor Anya which Carnegie Mellon published in January, the linguistics professor was born in Nigeria, a British colony until 1960. She moved to the US when she was 10 and studied at Dartmouth College, Brown University and UCLA.
“Due to systematic exclusion, my voice is unique and fundamental in this field,” Professor Anya said in an interview with Carnegie Mellon. “I am the premier scholar of race and black experience in language learning, and one of the few to explore language education from a social justice perspective.”
Bezos did not immediately respond to Professor Anya’s response, instead posting a separate tweet to memorialize the Queen, writing: “I can’t think of anyone who better represents duty. My deepest condolences to all Britons mourning her passing today.”
Bezos’ defense of the Queen follows his July visit to Buckingham Palace, where the Sun reported that he and his family marveled at the royal family’s collection of jewelry and art.
“Bezos’s visit is already being jokingly referred to as a ‘shopping trip’ by Palace staff,” a Buckingham Palace source told the newspaper. “He took particular interest in the Throne Room and the Ballroom.”
According to the Sun, Bezos did not meet with members of the royal family, instead having lunch with Tom Cruise at a restaurant in Mayfair after his visit.
Washington Post The owner has become more active on Twitter in recent months, using the site to poke fun at the Biden and Elon Musk administrations as well as reminisce about his first job at McDonalds.
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