When the palace announced the queen’s condition had worsened, Anya tweeted: “I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating.” Twitter deleted the post for violating its standards.
Carnegie Mellon, where Anya is an associate professor of modern languages, criticized her for “offensive and objectionable messages” and accused her of violating “standards of discourse we seek to foster.”
Anya, from Nigeria, which was under British rule until 1960, explained earlier that she would not back down from her remarks. She accused the queen of overseeing a government “that massacred and displaced half my family.”
Anya’s tweets also provoked a response from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
“This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow,” he wrote.
In defense of the professor, The Foundation for Individual Rights and Expression issued a letter asking Carnegie Mellon not to penalize her to affirm its commitment to free speech.
“We urge CMU tor resist public pressure … by refusing to investigate or punish Anya for her protected extramural expression.”
HuffPost has reached out to Anya for comment.