Christopher Newport Professor Under Fire Over Her Criticism of Superman’s New Identity as a Bisexual

Nelson objected on Twitter to the change and asked how it impacted religious or conservative parents.The tweet unleashed a firestorm. One student, student Abigail Honeycutt, is quoted as saying that “Reading her tweet, we felt uncomfortable and scared in a place we are supposed to call our home.”CNU President President Paul Trible called for healing and reflection, according to WTKR reports.

Nelson lashed out at the cancel culture:

We are cannibalizing one another with #CancelCulture it has to stop or I promise you in a decade or less America will no longer be America. It’s bullying. They are mean, nasty bullies. Vicious with their words, with intimidation and hatred in their hearts. And there is no excuse for ever bullying another human being because they made a mistake, messed up, misspoke, were just caught being simply human.

There is a wave coming. A movement of sick and tired Americans. Tired of being pushed around and bullied, canceled, targeted, harassed for our faith beliefs, for our values, for our free thought and free speech. Today it’s me in the crosshairs. Tomorrow it’s you.

However, she deleted her tweet.

For those seeking to fire Nelson, consider the implications of such an action. Today we discussed another faculty member who was allegedly terminated due to her use of social media to criticize Vice President Michael Pence. Nelson was expressing her view of a cartoon character and social divisions surrounding bisexuality. I understand why many find the comment offensive.  Other share her view. The solution is free speech in responding to her viewpoint rather than a campaign to silence her.

We have previously discussed the worrisome signs of a rising generation of censors in the country as leaders and writers embrace censorship and blacklisting.  New polls show that sixty-six percent of college students think shouting down a speaker to stop them from speaking is a legitimate form of free speech.  Another 23 percent believe violence can be used to cancel a speech. That is roughly one out of four supporting violence. A prior poll shows roughly half of the public supporting not just corporate censorship but government censorship of anything deemed “misinformation.”

Calls to fire Nelson will not be successful. CNU is a public university that is subject to not just contractual but constitutional limitations. The First Amendment will prevent such a termination or force the intervention of a court.

Superman once said that “a superhero is just an ordinary person who has found a better way to mask their human frailties.” One of those frailties is the intolerance for opposing views and the desire to keep opposing values from being voiced or heard. After all Clark Kent is a journalist. The greatest danger on the CNU campus is not Nelson’s view of bisexuality or superheroes. It is the villainy of speech intolerance and censorship.

83 thoughts on “Christopher Newport Professor Under Fire Over Her Criticism of Superman’s New Identity as a Bisexual”

  1. What looks humanoid, walks humanoid, sounds humanoid, but not Homo Sapien Humanoid?
    The non human humanoid Lois had sexual relations with.

      1. In Superman II. Superman’s kisses have the ability to erase specific parts of another person’s memory.
        What fun this creature could have with anyone of its choosing, after all, no one would have any memory of an encounter with the bisexual non human.

  2. The little student that is scared being “at home” while a professor states her opinion on a gay Superman tells us all we need to know. This scared little girl’s grandfather may have been on Omaha Beach and in only two generations we have her quaking in her clogs over a comment. This country is doomed.

  3. This says it all – Fred on Everything

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    A Private Secession, Perhaps One of Many

    Herewith a tale of a personal secession and how it came about. It is possible (though unlikely) that some will not be interested in my fascinating mental states. I think, though, that numbers may share them without admitting it. Since many are talking if only wistfully about secession from the Union, and worry that they are no longer where they were a few decades back, even though they haven’t gone anywhere, I offer some thoughts that may resonate.

    Time was, you could be fond of America. It wasn’t perfect, as no country is, but you could like it. I am not speaking of patriotism, which usually means a loutish jingoism, but rather a sense of place, a fondness for a region and a people.

    This I had. I am, in a sense that surprises me, a Southerner. I didn’t think of myself this way until recently. It didn’t seem to matter.

    At about age four I lived a year in Biloxi, Mississippi while my father taught some math course at Keesler AFB, then five in Robert E. Lee Elementary in Arlington, Va., then two in Athens, Alabama, five in rural King George County, Virginia, and four in Hampden-Sydney College, which my Venable ancestors founded, in Prince Edward County, Virginia.

    The South suited me. Barefoot and BB-gunned in Limestone County, Alabama, where the dog could go where she wanted and come back when she was ready. Arlington was not greatly Southern, just white post-war America, where you could leave your bike anywhere and find it when you came back. King George, wooded, on the Potomac, small farms and people who lived by crabbing on the Potomac, first day of deer season a school holiday because the teachers knew the boys wouldn’t be there anyway. And Hampden-Sydney College, rural, in Cavalier country, minor gentry of reasonable cultivation and a deep sense of history.

    I liked the localness of the South, its quirkiness, the easy friendliness and courtesy that set in at Fredericksburg as you went south from the Yankee capital. I liked the music that sprang from the South, gospel, blues, zydeco, Cajun, bluegrass, country, rockabilly, rock, New Orleans jazz. It was hard to imagine these arising in, God help you, Massachusetts. There was in the hot silent summers of the Southland, a savor, a character, an unstated, unfocused rebelliousness, that I guess rubbed off on me. It was a place where the rumble of a Harley—potatopotatopotato—and the blat and roar of NASCAR made sense.

    I also liked America, or thought I did, or at least parts of it. In my hitchhiking days I liked the desert West, California, the wildness and virility of West Virginia. The North seemed alien, New England prissy and meddlesome and in Boston they honked like geese. The Midwest? Pleasant but flavorless. This, the observation that America isn’t one place, that it is many places not all of which like each other, leads to thoughts of secession.

    I didn’t think about this much, about being American. I just was. I said “we” sent men to the moon, “we” invented this and that. “We.”

    Today many, watching the horror that is being made of the country, speak seriously of secession. My people tried it. It didn’t work. It won’t now. Maybe it should.

    Twenty years ago I moved to Mexico, not because I disliked America but because I visited Manzanillo to explore, liked the life I found, and somehow never left. It wasn’t planned but just happened.

    Then in America came—I’m not sure what, but it came. I watched with a sense of the intense wrongness of things as all that I had liked crumbled. Suddenly schooling was being endumbed, grammarless semiliteracy vaunted as authentic, as indeed it was: authentically semiliterate. Music became the obscene grunting of the slums. Cities burned while the police watched. Videos circulated of some hulking ghettopotamus slugging an Asian grandmother in a New York subway. The country grew coarse, government ever more visibly corrupt. Foreign policy fell into the hands of people who belonged in an asylum. The South again came under attack from a Yankee President and simian trash pulled down statues of men of whom they knew nothing and couldn’t spell. Increasingly troops had to protect the government from a disaffected citizenry.

    As society decayed, and then worsened, I watched with sorrow and anger. Things that mattered were being destroyed and, I eventually realized, could not be restored. Start with college. Hampden-Sydney was the archetypal small Southern liberal arts school, of a mold with William and Mary, Randolph Macon women’s College—“Randy Mac” as we knew it—Davidson, Mary Washington, Washington and Lee, and so on. These taught the things that were thought, have always been thought to produce, cultivated men and women. History, languages, the philosophers, mathematics, the sciences, now mysteries to our burgeoning and vacuous rabble.

    I began to think, what is there any longer to like in this place? On visits from Guadalajara to Washington I found it more like Khe Sanh during the siege than[FR1] a civilized capital—wire fencing against mobs, concrete stop’em bombs around federal buildings, on Cap Hill metal flaps that rose from streets to stop car bombs, surly police, growing censorship, venomous racial hostility, and prissy moral correction from the likes of Biden.

    And then the marginal primates pulled down the statue of General Lee on Monument Avenue in Richmond. Something snapped. I don’t know why. I guess I saw it as an attack on a time and place I valued, on a friendly and unpretentious gentility going back to Jefferson and Lee. To a point I had told myself that the dark Morlocks swarming from the ghetto to loot and burn were people too, that the vapid Eloi of the suburbs might be saved. No more. I simply and intensely loathed them. I had nothing in common with the Negros of the cities or the empty-headed peasantry of the suburbs and, frankly, no longer gave a dam about them. There came an emotional acceptance of what I had known intellectually for some time, that America was irretrievably over. The irretrievability mattered. It ended hopes that doing this or that or the other thing might stop the rot. It wasn’t going to stop. So I seceded, a secession of one, without a conscious decision to do so. I just stopped caring. And reflected that a country perhaps deserves what it tolerates.

    The collapse became fascinating rather than disheartening, like watching a terrarium of insects and small reptiles. What garish and savage thing would they do next? One doesn’t often see the end of a civilization.

    And so in the mornings I go to the magic window from Dell to see what gawdy efflorescence of comedic wrongheadedness the. inmates have invented. There is much to see. A transexual admiral, rates of crime astonishing to the world, the Daily Mass Shooting, police in high schools, catch-and-release for violent misfeasors. Police disbanded and defunded amid the growing slaughter in the streets. Algebra, English literature, spelling abandoned to please the wild men from the forest. Mixed-sex Marine training. Incapacity made a requirement for employment.

    If you don’t let it get to you, it is one hell of a show.

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  4. Why would Professor Turley “understand” that some person would consider Nelson’s Tweet offensive? She is not threatening or damning anyone. She is only conveying her opposition to identify politics intruding on every aspect of life including a children’s comic strip. The idiot student who wrote she is “scared” has been infantilized beyond recognition. I would relish having these scared students go to developing countries where I have worked including South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan and the Sudan and let us see if they can learn what really being scared is like

  5. In some Muslim countries and countries run by the Taliban, gays and lesbians are killed; thrown off buildings and such. Because conservative religious people in those countries do not want their kids exposed to such things.

    Yes, anti-gay views can ultimately be dangerous to gays. There is a lot of anti-gay violence in this country too.

    1. To equate what the professor said with the Taliban is a ridiculous Joe McCarthy type of smear. Tally Bon, it is the left that is becoming the censors, it is the left that is becoming the tyrants. For this little kid to say she is scared by the professor’s comment is a lie, it is just an attempt to silence what she doesn’t want to hear. For you to try to condone it or justify the silencing is just mental gymnastics proffered by someone without a cogent argument…i.e. you.

  6. The problem isn’t the whiny tiny minority of bi’s and their sympathizers who complain. The problem is the anti-American scum in the university who seize upon this faux-crisis to discipline anyone with traditional religious or conservative views. Bisexuality & Homosexuality are fundamentally wrong in the Christian world view and most every denomination teaches that in support of the nuclear family. You don’t like it? Fine, but you have no right to deny someone a job, a position on a board or even an existence because of their sincerely held beliefs. The correct response to that kind of intimidation is “Let’s Go Brandon” and a lawyer in the wings to make sure the rights of the state employee/American citizen are protected. Schools think they are invulnerable. They aren’t and big verdicts tend to get attention along with alums who are more and more refusing donations and dwindling enrollments of especially white males.

    Our CNU professor is right. People are sick and tired of the permanent misfit class comprising the Democratic Party having their noses in everybody’s business. It’s time to take them on full bore and sue them into oblivion with willing juries sick of this stuff waiting in many wings. It worked against the Klan, Iran, al Quaeda and every other bully we know about. Time to look inward to our own bullies in mortar boards.

  7. We spend too much time worrying in this country about what Christian parents and other Christians don’t want to be exposed to and pandering to them.

    1. “We spend too much time worrying in this country about what Christian parents and other Christians don’t want to be exposed to and pandering to them.”
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      Yeah, they just built the country into the greatest society in world history. Let’s cater to every third world migrant, sexual pervert and anti-American scum who the Dims let in here due to their inability to win the white vote.

      1. Mespo,

        “ Yeah, they just built the country into the greatest society in world history. Let’s cater to every third world migrant, sexual pervert and anti-American scum who the Dims let in here due to their inability to win the white vote.”

        This country was built with slave labor, exploitation of immigrants (Chinese building the railroad), (Hispanic immigrants picking crops and building highways), (Irish indentured servants), etc. who let them in? Oh yeah. White folks who needed “the help” to build this country. Sure many did work to build this country too, many immigrants. Elon Musk is an immigrant from South Africa. Many of this country’s ingenuity comes from others who emigrated from somewhere else. Many were “third world immigrants”. The co-founder of Google Sergei Brin was an immigrant.

        So there is ample reason argue that this country was built by immigrants mostly.

        1. Funny those immigrants weren’t able to do that in the countries they came from. I built a birdhouse with a hammer, did the hammer build the bird house?

          1. Anonymous, that still doesn’t change the fact that without them this country wouldn’t be what it is today.

            That’s why it’s quite stupid to deride immigrants and others who are not “white” and “Christian” when it was mostly immigrants who have provided the talent and means to create this country’s achievements.

            Currently there is a labor shortage and an abundance of jobs. Immigrants are certainly needed in order to fill them and buttress the economy.

            1. “doesn’t change the fact that without them this country wouldn’t be what it is today.”

              Actually, without the Prime Movers who created the Industrial Revolution (JJ Hill, Carnegie, Rockefeller, et al.), their manual labor would have been relegated to sweeping streets and picking potatoes. Anything more than that is a gift from the Prime Movers.

        2. Sevvy:

          This country was built with slave labor, exploitation of immigrants (Chinese building the railroad), (Hispanic immigrants picking crops and building highways), (Irish indentured servants), etc. who let them in? Oh yeah. White folks who needed “the help” to build this country.”
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          Utter leftist Bullshark. Slaves didn’t build this country any more than pimply-faced teenage McDonald’s workers built McDonalds. Ray Kroc built McDonalds with risk-taking, hard work and guts. The slaves worked at a job in very few projects and no businesses save a few plantations comprising no more than 2% of the South. Immigrants worked for wages -damn low – and yet were glad to have them as they loved their new country and were happy to see it and their families succeed. Because you see that was teh point, not some group politics where they played perennial victim. The latter isn’t some historical surmise; its family history. Only people who work for something love it. A failure I see time and again from the rich, pampered white liberals who criticize much and do so little.

          As for your warped view of America, I say why don’t you just refuse its benefits since you find them so tainted. Make your own or better yet head off to some worker’s paradise in North Korea or Venezuela. As Aaron Lewis sings in the elegy of this epoch or new Battle Hymn of the Republic (take you pick), “If you don’t like it, there’s the frickin’ door.” You hate the country and it’s history; we don’t. So spare us the cherry-picked history; snobbish rhetoric and incredibly hypocritical virtue signaling. You’re forcing a confrontation on this and when we finally see the Left for the traitorous religious cult they are I’m sure we’ll handle it like we did so many bullies in our history. We’re slow to anger, not devoid of it. Oh and Aaron isn’t the only one.

    2. We spend too much time worrying in this country about what Christian parents and other Christians don’t want to be exposed to and pandering to them.

      Pandering to them? Do you consider the IRS targeting of conservative groups, or the FBI targeting parents who demonstratively oppose racist teaching, overtly sexual content in K-12 schools and violent sexual assault of their children to be pandering? Do you consider denying religious exemptions to vaccine mandates pandering?

      Since pandering was your word to describe how Christians and Christian parents are being treated, please provide examples of what you consider is pandering to Christians.

    3. Yeah, we should worry what 0.02 percent of the population think. Turn the world upside down for everybody else.

  8. Superman is the best

    However, I always thought Batman & Robin were hard core butt buddies doing nasty things in the bat cave.

  9. I would think calling students at a school at which you work: “mean, nasty bullies. Vicious with their words, with intimidation and hatred in their hearts.” seems a bit out of line. I would think she should be acknowledging the right of bisexual people to exist and be treated fairly at Christopher Newport University; and from the excerpt above she does not seem to have done that. She has called them mean nasty bullies.

    1. You ARE just the comics:
      “I would think calling students at a school at which you work: “mean, nasty bullies. Vicious with their words, with intimidation and hatred in their hearts.” seems a bit out of line.”
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      Yeah, who cares that some – like those described here – truly are. Shut up and obey. Truth be damned. It’s the hive-minded Dim’s way of dealing with problems.

      1. Mespo, i just about had a car accident yesterday while driving to the gym. A radio commercial paid by Terry McAuliffe campaign stated that Youngkin wanted to outlaw abortions, close public schools, use taxpayer monies to support religious private schools and defund the police . I busted out laughing so hard that I almost ran off the road. Happily I saw nothing but Youngkin yard signs along Monument Ave, and only 2 McAwful signs

        Hope you have enough ammo. Nov 3 will be a blowout
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        1. estovir:

          I’m lighting candles that McAwful loses big. Anyone who votes for him after his mcawcaw moment where he said “parents shouldn’t tell schools what to teach,” is a masochist or drone bee unqualified to live in a democracy. Let’s hope for the best but be prepped for the worst. I still believe most people will act in their own (and kids) best interests but I’ve seen stupid before.

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    2. No, it was the appropriate response. These bullies need to hear the truth, i.e., that they are the bad guys.

  10. This is hilarious. Students and faculty can call whatever they want. Calling for termination is not really a controversial thing. It’s always been there.

    Now as for super man being bisexual? Let’s not forget he is after all an alien. He could be asexual, homosexual, etc, etc. it’s a fictional character. Geez.

  11. That pathetic student didn’t find Nelson’s comment “offensive” — that might have been a rational response. Instead, the coddled little princess said that “reading her tweet, we felt uncomfortable and scared in a place we are supposed to call our home.” This student needs to be at home, not at university. The university is not her “home,” teachers and administrators are not her “parents,” and no one ever promised it would be “safe.” University is a place to learn, and that means encountering subjects, people and opinions that may not agree with her and that may make her uncomfortable. If this makes her scared, she needs to go back home and stay with mommy and daddy until she grows up. This Gen Z pathology is getting sickening.

  12. “[W]e felt uncomfortable and scared in a place we are supposed to call our home.”

    Then you belong in an institution that does not offer degrees.

  13. Scared? By a tweet? Simply amazing. I fear for the Republic. As for the comics, don’t buy, don’t watch

  14. “I understand why many find her comment offensive”. Mr. Turley, I don’t understand that at all. There is not one offensive word in the tweet. What is ridiculous is that a student feels uncomfortable and scared by such a tweet. Grow up, for God’s sake. The professor attacking Mike Pence used foul language, setting a bad example for students who need to learn to debate respectfully; moreover, showing her disrespect for free speech (talk over Pence until he shuts up) while hypocritically using free speech violation as an argument to fight the non-renewal of her contract.

  15. One student said she felt “uncomfortable and scared” by the professor’s comment. Well, isn’t it obvious the professor should be beheaded for this horrible treatment of a student? …Okay, since when does every snowflake have to protected from feeling uncomfortable and scared? I thought the process of being educated necessarily involved being exposed to some thoughts and ideas that might make you uncomfortable and scared. Learning how to process and deal with uncomfortable and scary thoughts and ideas is a part of growing up and learning how to deal with the big bad world. When did colleges and universities become Never-never Land where you never have to grow up?

  16. Professor Turley Writes:

    “New polls show that sixty-six percent of college students think shouting down a speaker to stop them from speaking is a legitimate form of free speech”.
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    I don’t doubt those polls. But I believe the same dynamics concern these mobs disrupting school board meetings.

    1. By disrupting you mean daring to question the garbage the school boards approve for their indoctrination programs? Or do you mean daring to speak out about your daughter being raped in the restroom by a trans predator?

    2. Anonymous: When the school board cuts off speakers, or interrupts them as they’re trying to explain that their kids were raped because of school board decisions — disruption is called for. That’s not even remotely similar to student mobs preventing a visiting professor from speaking about his research.

      1. Yeah, giocon1, that’s what those polls say, ‘66% believe that shouting down speaking is legitimate free expression’.

        But you seem to think that passage applies to only leftists.

      2. Giocon1,

        “ When the school board cuts off speakers, or interrupts them as they’re trying to explain that their kids were raped because of school board decisions — disruption is called for.”

        No it’s not. School board meetings have certain rules and they often emphasize that comments be limited to the subject matter. Most parents stick to that, but there are those who go off topic or take the opportunity to bring up an issue not in the agenda. Speakers are cut off or are interrupted because those speakers are not sticking to the rules and the board has the authority to enforce them. Getting belligerent and rude is guaranteed to have any parent kicked out or cut off.

  17. I think that Ms Nelson is right; there is a blacklash coming.

    I know that when I read the drivel posted by Lefties here, I feel contempt rather than a desire to debate.

    When the student, Ms Honeycutt said that she felt “scared”, she was either dysfunctional or lying to destroy another person’s life.

    Ugly people.

    1. Monumentcolorado, I find it hilarious how easily folks here blow nearly everything out of proportion or overreact. It’s ONE student who stated being scared. Conservatives suddenly equate that to all “lefties”.

      It’s pretty stupid to even be concerned about it. Turley is just engaging in that thing he is always complaining about. The age of rage or whatever he calls it.

      J.K. Rowling got conservatives all in a fit over making Dombledore gay. Many were losing their minds and claiming it was about indoctrination of the “gay agenda” on children. Conservatives are just as ridiculous as liberals.

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