"In fact, I am so upset that I believe she should be punished by expulsion, public humiliation, and maybe even solitary confinement at a high security prison."
- Facebook user Steven Lu, from a comment posted on the UCLA chancellor's FB page today regarding a female student's anti-Asian rant on YouTube
The Facebook account of UCLA Chancellor Gene Block was flooded with comments today over a viral video that the university has condemned as "repugnant" - and which, frankly, I was reluctant to post at first.
UCLA has confirmed that the woman is Alexandra Wallace, a student at the university, the Daily Bruin reported today. Her rant, which seems almost too bizarre to take seriously, has been spoofed to hilarious effect by now, though the overwhelming reaction has been anger.
This afternoon, Block issued a public apology on behalf of the university, posted on his Facebook page. Still, the page continues to draw comments.
Some have been angrier than others. Cat Scott posted earlier:
I have a 15 year old daughter that is going to be shopping around for colleges soon. She's NJHS and in the International Baccalaureate program. If for one second anyone thinks I'll allow her to go to an institution that in any way tolerates such disgusting displays of racism and intolerance; think again.
Other posts took a lighter turn, some parodying the rant. David Hwang wrote:
We will not be silenced! Ching chong, ling long, ting tong! Re-post if you are proud to speak Asian at the library.
Rafi Babaian wrote:
Although her speech is covered by the first amendment, what she fails to realize is that what is posted on the internet lives on. I can't imagine a law school or grad school admitting her or an employer hiring her. In the information age, what we post online has consequences. It's unfortunate that people are so short sighted.
Lu's angry/tongue-in-cheek/angry post, addressed to the chancellor, drew a long string of comments in which he insisted he wasn't being sarcastic. He concluded it:
Ms. Wallace should burn in hell for her actions and I will not rest or begin studying for finals until justice is had.