Geoffrey Miller, an evolutionary psychologist at the University of New Mexico, for some reason decided to make himself look like a total asshole by tweeting on Sunday that he would not accept fat grad students because they wouldn’t have enough discipline to finish their thesis:
Then after undoubtedly getting an angry phone call from the dean of his department, he deleted the tweet and backpedaled faster than Deion Sanders:
Yeah, obviously it didn’t reflect his selection process. Where would anyone ever get the idea that it would? I mean, other than the fact that he actually came out and said it publicly? And he apparently told the university that he was doing some unspecified research project:
The University of New Mexico administration and faculty were surprised by Dr. Geoffrey Miller’s tweet. We are deeply concerned about the impact of the statement, which in no way reflects the policies or admission standards of UNM. We are investigating every aspect of this incident and will take appropriate action.
When UNM’s Department chair learned of the tweet, she contacted Professor Miller, who is currently on unpaid leave from UNM while at NYU. He told her that his comment on Twitter was part of a research project. We are looking into the validity of this assertion, and will take appropriate measures. As members of the UNM community, we are all responsible for demonstrating good judgment when using social media or other communications vehicles.
This isn’t likely to end well.