Georgetown advisor hopes Allie Stuckey has '#metoo moment'
- After Stuckey tweeted that “The #metoo moment is a symptom of a broken world,” Master of Foreign Service advisory board member Jeff Bernstein replied that he hopes she has a "#metoo moment" so that she "won't be so insensitive."
- Bernstein has since apologized for his remark, though Stuckey pointed out that he only offered a sincere apology "after being dragged through the mud."
A Georgetown University Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) advisory board member tweeted Saturday afternoon that he wishes Allie Stuckey has a “#metoo moment.”
“Wishing you a #metoo moment,” he wrote. “Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive.”
The comment made by Bernstein then set off a firestorm of tweets against the comment he made, as many interpreted it as a call for Stuckey to be sexually assaulted.
After a back and forth tweet exchange between Stuckey and Bernstein, he finally tweeted “I apologize,” adding that “I shouldn’t have said that. I thought you were implying that the fact that this moment is happening meant that the world was not functioning properly, similar to how you have minimized the terrible things Trump has said/done. I would never wish harm on anyone.”
However, Bernstein did not admit that he was wishing harm on Stuckey, and later tweeted that “I was not at all implying that, and the folks at Georgetown know me for 30 years. I meant you need to have a moment of truth Allie. You have continued to make insensitive comments about refugees; immigrants; pro-choice; people of color; women.”
Bernstein has continued attempting to apologize for his remarks following the original tweet, and reiterated his apology in a statement to Campus Reform.
“I apologize for making a stupid and insensitive comment. I would never wish harm on anyone and apologized to Allie repeatedly,” he said. “I feel terribly. I have been a continuous voice against gender bias. As a father of three, I am embarrassed and this is a lesson for me that words have power.”
However, Stuckey told Campus Reform that she feels Bernstein only offered a sincere apology “after being dragged through the mud.”
Stuckey said that she was confused upon first seeing the tweet, adding that she didn’t believe her original tweet was controversial.
“I simply said that we live in a broken (sinful) world, and sexual assault and harassment is symptomatic of that brokenness,” she noted. “He responds with a wish that I have my own #metoo moment. I took that, obviously, to mean he hopes I get assaulted so that I 'learn my lesson.’”
Stuckey added that she considers the tweet offensive to anyone who has been through a sexual assault.
“How awful—not just to me, but to every woman and man who has endured sexual assault and harassment,” she said. “And while I have, at times, disagreed with the tactics of the #metoo movement, I take the issue of sexual abuse, and its victims, very seriously. I would never—no matter someone's political leanings—wish the pain of assault on anyone.”
Stuckey concluded that she is “concerned that someone so influential to the staff and students at Georgetown University is apt to public tribalism and sexism.”
Campus Reform reached out to Georgetown University for comment, but has not received a response.
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