NYU Professor Backs Down After Controversy Over Fat-Shaming Tweet


New York University visiting professor Geoffrey Miller had no kind words for obese applicants to the university’s PhD program. The University of New Mexico professor tweeted out Sunday: “Dear Obese PhD applicants: if you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you don’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth.”

The professor’s fat-shaming tweet did not go unnoticed and went viral once the blog Jezebel posted a story about it on Sunday. Once Miller had faced the wrath of fellow NYU academics, students and the general internet population, he took down the offending tweet and made this apology: “My sincere apologies to all for that idiotic, impulsive, and badly judged tweet. It does not reflect my true views, values, or standards.”

He made a second tweet: “Obviously my previous tweet does not represent the selection policies of any university, or my own selection criteria.”

Miller’s apology hasn’t stopped Twitter users to cull the professor’s past offensive tweets. In one tweet from January reported by The Atlantic Wire, he said: “Dean Kamen’s new device to suck food out of people’s stomachs? Or, fat people could just STOP EATING?” Moreover, in a series of tweets posted in May, Miller used the hashtag #diversityisourweakness to criticize human diversity and argued that by following a different path, the human race would be stronger.

The professor has since made his Twitter account private.

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