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Her Majesty died yesterday afternoon at the age of 96 in Balmoral, understood to have been one of her favourite residencies. The nation has now entered a period of mourning while people all around the world also express their grief over the news.
While Britons speculated over the state of the Queen’s health yesterday following an unusual statement from Buckingham Palace that “the Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health”, a US professor posted an incendiary comment online.
Dr Uju Anya, Professor of Linguistics and Race at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, expressed her wish that the Queen’s “pain be excruciating”.
She wrote in a post on Twitter: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving, raping, genocidal empire is finally dying.
“May her pain be excruciating.”
This was quick to spark a critical backlash.
Comedian and GB News contributor Leo Kearse, quoting Dr Anya’s Twitter profile, joked: “Professor, Antiracist, Feminist, Pride flag. Woke people are, if anything, too kind.”
The message even reached Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
He wrote in a post on Twitter: “This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so.
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Following the news of the Queen’s death, he added: “I can think of no one who better personified duty. My deepest condolences to all the Brits mourning her passing today.”
The Tweet was considered so insulting, and is likely to have received many ‘reports’ from Twitter users, that the social media platform removed it.
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It said the message “violated the Twitter Rules”.
But in a further post, Dr Anya made it clear she did not regret her choice of words.
She doubled down, arguing: “If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star.”
Many commentators insisted it was best to nearly ignore the professor’s comments.
National Pulse Editor-in-Chief Raheem Kassam wrote: “Pointless person, easily forgotten.”
At 6.30pm yesterday, Buckingham Palace announced that the Queen died “peacefully”.
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