Winklevii Shoot Back at Larry Summers Over Insult

Ex-Harvard president 'tactfully challenged,' twins charge
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2011 1:41 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2011 6:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – The twins who claim Mark Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook don't like being called assholes. Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss—following some choice remarks from Larry Summers about suit-wearing undergraduates—have accused the former Harvard president of being "tactfully challenged," the Wall Street Journal reports. When they approached Summers about their Zuckerberg problem when they were students, they were alarmed by Summer's "scorn for a genuine discourse on deeper ethical question," they reveal.

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"It is deeply disturbing that a professor of this university openly admits to making character judgments of students based on their appearance," the twins wrote in an open letter to Harvard's current president. "Ironically, our choice of attire that day was made out of respect and deference to the office of the president. As the current president, we respectfully ask for you to address this unprecedented betrayal of the unique relationship between teacher and student." Click to read exactly what Summers said about the pair. (Read more Larry Summers stories.)

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