Nobel Laureate Tim Hunt and his wife Professor Mary Collins (photo below) were forced to resign after the 72-year old Tim Hunt made a joke about ‘girls’ that launched a vile social media campaign by thugs and bullies.
Professor Hunt and two others were awarded the 2001 Nobel Prize for discovering protein molecules that control the division (duplication) of cells.
The University College London (UCL) professor was forced to step down after saying he was in favour of single-sex labs because girls fall in love with men, and ‘when you criticise them, they cry’.
That’s all he said and it was a joke!!!
He made the comments at the World Conference of Science Journalists in Seoul, South Korea for which he later apologized but that wasn’t good enough.
A social media campaign began assaulting him without any consideration of the fact that they might destroy him. He was the victim of extremists. I wonder what the women in Iraq would think of this allegedly inexcusable slight against women. Let’s ask the Yazidi women.
Instead of sticking up for the professor, the university issued a cowardly statement including the comment that “UCL was the first university in England to admit women students on equal terms to men, and the university believes that this outcome is compatible with our commitment to gender equality.”
A comment from one sane person follows.
Story of Tim Hunt’s ruination is shocking. The academic establishment at its most pathetic and cowardly http://t.co/omeypYzKwO
— Toby Young (@toadmeister) June 14, 2015
The extremists even claimed it was misogyny, others called it sexism. Hello! It’s a joke from a 72-year old. He shouldn’t have even apologized – there was no need whatsoever. If you don’t agree with the leftists and the entire agenda, you will be destroyed – that’s the message you need to take away.
Medhi in the next tweet sounds like a trouble maker.
Their lives have been destroyed.
The nightmare of saying the wrong thing to the wrong crowd in the age of social media. http://t.co/mfE837C3gq A particularly brutal case.
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) June 14, 2015
Source: The Guardian