Guess what! Mean people are sending mean e-mails to Mizzou prof Melissa “Muscle” Click!
My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:
Ever since Melissa “I Need Some Muscle” Click tried to run the press off the University of Missouri campus in November, I’ve been predicting that the 44-year-old assistant professor of communications at Mizzou, far from being fired, would be a “shoo-in for tenure” with a “stellar academic future” at the activism-dominated campus.
And–looks as though I’m going to be right!
On Jan. 5, 115 Mizzou faculty members signed a letter saying, “We wish to state in no uncertain terms our support for Click as a member of the University of Missouri faculty who has earned her position through an outstanding record of teaching and research.” The letter called Click’s seizure of a student-journalist’s camera and her call for “muscle” to remove him forcibly from a protest “at most a regrettable mistake.”
And now, with the help of a sympathetic reporter from the Chronicle of Higher Education, we have the Melissa Click Pity Party.
Because it seems that after the “muscle” incident some mean people sent mean e-mails to Click. How horrible!
Here’s how Click herself characterized the contents of her in-box: “Oh yes, I am getting rape and death threats.”
Actually, as Chronicle reporter Steve Kolowich lays it out, not a single e-mailer got around to directly threatening to kill or rape Click. But they probably made her cry, which is the important thing.
Posted by Charlotte Allen