By Masha Froliak
New York University liberal studies professor Michael Rectenwald, the man behind the @DeplorableNYUProf Twitter account, has gone public about being placed on paid leave by the University after publicly criticizing its campus culture of political correctness and “safe spaces”.
But NYU has since claimed that the leave was voluntary and has nothing to do with Professor Rectenwald’s Tweets. And a recent article in New York magazine titled “A Communist NYU Professor Says He Was Ousted for Mocking Political Correctness. Was He?” by the liberal writer Jesse Singal questions Rectenwald’s arguments, portraying him as an embellishing attention-seeker who is only trying to impress Breitbart commentators.
As the controversy raged, Heat Street reached out to Rectenwald for a comment:
“My DeplorableNYUProfessor account was just an experiment to illustrate the point that the SJW left is producing the alt right that they hate so much. They are actually producing that what they despise by virtue of their idiocy and their totalitarianism,” he says. “But I never thought much of it, I didn’t even expect it to be noticed.”
Rectenwald contends that his leave was strongly suggested by NYU officials and he felt compelled to hang up his hat: “No, I wasn’t asking to go on leave. I was having a good semester, I had a good bunch of students, I liked them all and they seemed to be liking me. It was going really well. Once I made my statements public, all these developments started. I was denounced by several colleagues and two deans in an open letter. As if I can’t have a political view about academia independent of theirs. It has to be opposed officially.”