Advisor resigns after wishing Allie Stuckey a '#metoo moment'
An advisor for Georgetown University has resigned after eliciting criticism for a tweet in which he wished for Allie Stuckey to have a “#metoo moment.”
“Wishing you a #metoo moment. Maybe then you won’t be so insensitive,” Master of Foreign Service (MSFS) advisory board member Jeff Bernstein tweeted to Stuckey on Saturday afternoon in response to a tweet she had sent out stating that “The #metoo moment is a symptom of a broken world.”
"We appreciate Mr. Bernstein's efforts to apologize for recent comments deeply inconsistent with our values and mission and have accepted his resignation."
Joel Hellman, dean of Georgetown’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, told Campus Reform in a statement that Bernstein has now resigned from his position with the university.
“Encouraging, threatening or condoning violence and harassment against another person, in any form and on any format, is deeply inconsistent with the values of the program, our school and our university,” Hellman said. “We appreciate Mr. Bernstein's efforts to apologize for recent comments deeply inconsistent with our values and mission and have accepted his resignation from the MSFS Board of Advisors.”
Bernstein tweeted a series of apologies following his initial tweet, which Stuckey says she has accepted.
“I apologize,” Bernstein tweeted at one point. “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.”
Bernstein subsequently told Campus Reform that he deeply regrets making the post, and reiterated his apology.
“I apologize for making a stupid and insensitive comment. I would never wish harm on anyone and apologized to Allie repeatedly,” Bernstein 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.”
Stuckey told Campus Reform that she appreciates that Georgetown has stuck by its values during this incident.
“Mr. Bernstein has since sent me a message that I have taken as a sincere apology, and for that I'm grateful,” she stated. “Unfortunately, wishing sexual assault or harassment on anyone is not something that can be taken lightly, and I appreciate Georgetown's efforts to remain true to their values.”
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