“One Tree Hill” Stars Ask To Help Fire UNC Wilmington Professor Mike Adams – Celebrities from the former hit TV show One Tree Hill are calling on University of North Carolina Wilmington to fire a sociology and criminology professor after he called the state’s governor “Massa Cooper” on Twitter.
“One Tree Hill” Stars Ask To Help Fire UNC Wilmington Professor Mike Adams:
The controversy started in late May when Mike Adams, a sociology and criminology professor at University of North Carolina Wilmington, said people who wear masks in public look like “fools,” has called North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper a “fascist” (among other criticisms) for Cooper’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, labeled women’s studies a “nonessential major” and pushed for the separation of states from the county.
Of the shutdowns caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Mike Adams tweeted, “This evening I ate pizza and drank beer with six guys at a six seat table top. I almost felt like a free man who was not living in the slave state of North Carolina.”
Adams ended the tweet with “Massa Cooper, let my people go!”
Adams’ tweets sparked an online petition with more than 57,000 signatures calling for Adams’ removal from the university, and now, Hollywood has joined the effort.
Sophia Bush And Hilarie Burton Morgan Call On UNCW To Remove Professor Mike Adams, Who Called Governor Cooper “Massa Cooper”:
“One Tree Hill” star Sophia Bush called on fans of the show to take action in Wilmington, where the show was filmed during its nearly nine-year run. “This feels like another change for Wilmington that the #OTHfam could make some noise about,” Sophia said on Twitter.
Bush’s co-star, Hilarie Burton Morgan, tweeted, “OTH family, let’s get to work. The park where we filmed so many memorable scenes is named for a racist family that perpetrated an attack on the black community.” She also shared Change.org petition link and urged her fans to sign.
UNCW issued the following statement on its website:
UNCW is aware of the outrage and sadness being expressed in regard to comments made by a UNCW faculty member.
Hateful, hurtful language aimed at degrading others is contrary to our university values and our commitment to an environment of respect and dignity. Its appearance on any platform, including the personal platforms of anyone affiliated with UNCW, is absolutely reprehensible. However, no matter how upsetting and distasteful the comments may be, they are expressions of free speech and protected by the First Amendment. We review any perceived threats that are brought to our attention, and at this point, the conduct and materials at issue do not contain any evidence of a true physical threat toward any members of our community.
That said, please know that the university’s constitutional obligations and support of free expression do not lessen our disgust when those viewpoints offend or otherwise upset those who read these comments. These comments may be protected, but that is not an excuse for how vile they are. We stand firmly against these and all other expressions of hatred. We cannot and will not ignore them. The university is reviewing all options in terms of addressing the matter.
We know this isn’t a fully satisfactory response to your concerns. We want to encourage all UNCW students and employees to continue to utilize university procedures and policies to raise issues or complaints related to discrimination, harassment, and/or possible threats. Further, we encourage everyone in our audience to fully engage in their rights of free expression.