Because a fuckin’ shitload of university students are goddamn stupid, and it really isn’t clear how they even ended up there in the first place… University of Wisconsin-Stout theater professor James Miller has been faced with a set of warnings for his so-called “disorderly conduct”.
What did he do? He put up a poster of Mal Reynolds from Firefly with the following quote:
“You don’t know me, son, so let me explain this to you once: if I ever kill you, you’ll be awake. And you’ll be facing me. And you’ll be armed.”
Miller was told that more posters of the sort would result in criminal charges. Even though the above quote was meant to showcase Mal Reynold’s sense of honor and by no means endorses mindless killing, it wasn’t taken as such. Perhaps it takes a second read-through to truly understand the quote when taken out of context… but clearly what happened here is a bunch of university students saw the word “kill”, freaked out and went crying to Mommy.
The professor responded to this action by putting up a poster about fascism. That didn’t go over well, either.
I don’t know how these people expect to make it through university without ever once encountering potentially controversial ideas and to take them for what they’re worth rather than overreacting and causing shit. Something similar happened at my own school recently (not nerd related), but this kind of stupidity can ruin careers for people.
This GIF perfectly sums up my reaction: