Who is Uju Anya? Jeff Bezos slams Carnegie Mellon professor for hoping Queen Elizabeth II died an ‘excruciating’ death

'May she die in agony,' tweeted the professor, right before the Queen's death

Who is Uju Anya? Jeff Bezos slams Carnegie Mellon professor for hoping Queen Elizabeth II died an ‘excruciating’ death
Uju Anya (R) wished Queen Elizabeth II (inset) an ‘excruciating’ death, a sentiment criticized by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (L).(@UjuAnya/Twitter, Dominic Lipinski - WPA Pool/Getty Images and Michael M Santiago/Getty Images)
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PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA: A Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) professor, Uju Anya, is facing criticism online for a tweet, now deleted by Twitter, about Queen Elizabeth II that read, “May her pain be excruciating.” Amazon founder Jeff Bezos too slammed the professor, saying "This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don't think so. Wow."

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When news spread early on Thursday, September 8, that the queen was sick, Anya, who works in the Department of Modern Languages at CMU, posted on Twitter, "I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying. May her pain be excruciating." She added, "If anyone expects me to express anything but disdain for the monarch who supervised a government that sponsored the genocide that massacred and displaced half my family and the consequences of which those alive today are still trying to overcome, you can keep wishing upon a star. That wretched woman and her bloodthirsty throne have f**king generations of my ancestors on both sides of the family, and she supervised a government that sponsored the genocide my parents and siblings survived. May she die in agony." That received reaction from people who criticized her statement. One wrote, "Ewww you stink,” to which Anya responded by saying, “You mean like your p-ssy?” Twitter later took down the tweet for violating its rules under “wishing or hoping that someone experiences physical harm.” 

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Following the Queen's death, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96, Anya also responded to Bezos on Twitter and wrote, "Otoro gba gbue gi. May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers."

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Who is Uju Anya?

Anya, who says her first goal is to prioritize the experiences of Black students and break the chain of marginalization, was interviewed in January 2022. Acording to the article published, Anya works at Carnegie Mellon as a linguistics professor. She was born in Nigeria, a British colony until 1960. She moved to the US when she was just 10 and attended Dartmouth College, Brown University and the University of California, Los Angeles. “Because of systemic exclusion, my voice is unique and foundational in the field. I am the main scholar looking at race and experiences of Blackness in language learning and one of the few who examine language education from a social justice perspective," explained the professor in her interview.

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