University of Iowa Professor to GOP Students: 'F Off'
Ellen Lewin hits 'reply all' after getting email about conservative event
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2011 9:25 AM CDT
University of Iowa junior Natalie Ginty said she was outraged by an email sent by UI professor Ellen Lewin that used a vulgarity toward Republicans.   (AP Photo/Ryan J. Foley)

(Newser) – File under "really poor decisions to hit 'reply all'": A University of Iowa gender and women's studies professor did just that on Monday, after receiving a mass email from the College Republicans about an upcoming event. Her poetic reply? "F*** YOU, REPUBLICANS." Predictably, outrage has ensued. The email, sent to the entire university community, was about Conservative Coming Out Week—a membership drive in which conservatives are supposed to "come out of the closet" and wear red—and had been approved by school officials.

But in her (first) follow-up email, Ellen Lewin called the email "unsolicited" and wrote that she received it after "I had just finished reading some newspaper accounts of fresh outrages committed by Republicans in government." She continued, "I admit the language was inappropriate, and apologize for any affront to anyone’s delicate sensibilities." Some 15 minutes later, she sent another email, calling parts of the group's email "extremely offensive, nearly rising to the level of obscenity." The university's president addressed the incident via—of course—a mass email, writing, "Intolerant and disrespectful discord is not acceptable behavior." Click through to the Iowa Republican to read the emails in their entirety.

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Apr 28, 2011 8:53 AM CDT
Here’s an interview with University of Iowa Professors Timothy Hagle and Kembrew McLeod, Matt Sowada, the conservative co-host of the political talk radio show American Reason on KRUI, and Rod Sullivan from the Johnson County Board of Supervisors about Professor Ellen Lewin’s “F— You, Republicans!” email response to the University of Iowa College Republicans campus-wide invite for people to participate in “Conservative Coming Out Week.”
Apr 24, 2011 5:07 PM CDT
I don't know what the fuss is about. The Professor is simply quoting Vice President Dick Cheney when he was being his usual cordial self in the Senate. Or is this language only proper when used by Republicans and not by Democrats. Or maybe professors have to communicate with a higher standard than the Vice President of the United States.
Apr 22, 2011 9:40 AM CDT
I think the professor lost her cool, then tried to justify it. Certainly, a childlike mistake. But really, we have people dying overseas, a terrible health system, an unfair tax code, an energy crisis, etc. Maybe we should try to get along and stop small wars over these polarizing views of left and right. The historic misery with this country is greed, consumerism, overpopulation, and ownership/entitlement...