A senior at Miami University shut down his Twitter account after having it up for six months, gaining about 1,000 followers, and getting accused of being racist against Asians.
The Twitter account called @Oxford Asians was meant to be a satirical according to Sam Kornau, the created of the account. After gaining attention from the school, Sam was wise to shut it down.
As a user of twitter (@joaniecc), I saw friends of mine following @OxfordAsians, but decided not to follow it myself because it made me a little uncomfortable (not that some of the Tweets weren’t a little humorous).
I agree that the account was most likely made as a joke, but after the YouTube incident where Emily Wallace made a racist video entitled “Asians in the library”, it should have been a little more understandable that making a Twitter “bashing” Asian students in Oxford was a stupid idea.
I feel bad that Sam is gaining so much negative attention his senior year, and that because of it, he will most likely have a harder time getting a job after graduation. However, it is pretty stupid that people STILL haven’t figured out that everything they do online has consequences and is pretty public.
While the account did make me uncomfortable, and while some of the comments were a little offensive, I feel that it was relatively harmless and got shut down at a good time. I can’t speak for anyone who identifies as an “Oxford Asian”, but I think the outcome of the account has brought justice for them. I feel that there are Twitter accounts making fun of a lot of groups at MU, but that since this was a minority group that was targeted, it seems and maybe IS more offensive.
All in all, people can be really ignorant. People will always make jokes about everyone, and there will always be people who don’t care about offending others. Putting your ignorance and disregard on the internet for everyone to see though? WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?! Just don’t do it. How hard is it to just joke with your friends in private (not that that is right either, but I believe that Sam probably does this anyway). When you put anything online that you would be embarrassed if Obama, your Grandma, or the family would babysit for would see, then you have it coming.
I think that this kid will have to deal with the consequences of his stupid decision, and to me, that is enough. The bigger issue should be addressed, but I think that should be separate from making Sam feel any worse than he probably will for a while. Diversity is an issue that most MU students are ignorant about, and one that students here aren’t usually used to being around. Having each student take IDS159 would be a great way to open students minds, or by having a week around diversity where issues are brought up in classes would really help educate students. Having students listen to the issues minority groups face at MU will be more effective than blowing this Twitter account up.
I wonder if Sam will lose any job offers, or if he has lost any friends because of the respect he may have cost himself.