Professor fired for saying Iran should bomb the Kardashians' home in retaliation for Suleimani killing
Asheen Phansey attempted to joke about bombing American ‘cultural sites’
A university professor has been fired from his job after saying on social media that Iran should avenge the US’s killing of its top military general Qassem Suliemani by bombing the Kardashians’ home and the Mall of America.
US President Donald Trump had threatened to bomb 52 Iranian cultural sites if Tehran retaliated to the targeted drone killing of Suliemani at Baghdad airport on Friday, but doubled back on his claims following international criticism.
Responding to Mr Trump’s threat, Asheen Phansey, an adjunct professor at Babson College in Wellesley, Masschusetts, in a Facebook post wrote: “In retaliation, Ayatollah Khomenei should tweet a list of 52 sites of beloved American cultural heritage that he would bomb. Um… Mall of America? Kardashian residence?”
After seeing the tweet, Mr Phansey’s employer initially suspended his pay and on Thursday, it told WHDH that his post is not representative of their institution.
'Babson College condemns any type of threatening words and/or actions condoning violence and/or hate. This particular post from a staff member on his personal Facebook page clearly does not represent the values and culture of Babson College,' it said.
“While we understand he has deleted the posts, we have immediately suspended him, with pay, pending the completion of our investigation.”
Hours later, the college revealed that Mr Phansey was no longer working for them.
The former professor has since apologised for the post, telling the Boston Herald that he regretted his “bad attempt at humour”.
“As an American, born and raised, I was trying to juxtapose our ‘cultural sites’ with ancient Iranian churches and mosques,” he said.
“I am completely opposed to violence and would never advocate it by anyone. I am sorry that my sloppy humour was read as a threat. I condemn all acts of violence.”
“I am particularly sorry to cause any harm or alarm for my colleagues at Babson, my beloved alma mater, and the place where I have enjoyed teaching students and serving as its sustainability director,” he said.
Updated: January 10, 2020 10:50 PM