A tweet suggesting that the devastation of Hurricane Harvey was “instant karma” for the red state of Texas has cost a University of Tampa professor his job — making him just the latest academic fired for off-duty speech.
The University first distanced itself from sociology professor Kenneth L. Storey on Monday. But a tide of online outrage continued. A #FireKenStorey hashtag spread far beyond the university. Angry Facebook comments piled up.
“Don’t think this is a school we will be looking at for my daughter anymore,” one commenter said. An alumnus wrote, “Good thing I already paid you, because I’ll never send the school another dime again.”
On Tuesday morning, the university fired him. …
Storey’s controversial tweet, which has been deleted, … read: “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this will help them realize the GOP doesnt care about them.”
“I never meant to wish ill will upon any group,” he wrote. “I hope all affected by Harvey recover quickly.”
Storey said his tweets were taken out of context. In a statement sent to ABC Action News, he said was referring to the “GOP denial of climate change science and push to decrease funds from agencies that can help in a time like this.”
Interesting, because the traffic until now has been all one way — people getting fired for opposing the narrative. Maybe the critical factor this time was money — disgusted Republicans letting the University know how they felt, sticking up for themselves. Social media protests and financial boycotts have been predominately lefty tactics, but now the non-PC side is beginning to use them.