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Geoffrey Miller, Visiting NYU Professor, Eats Crow After Obnoxious Fat Shaming Tweet

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Geoffrey Miller is a visiting professor currently on loan from the University of New Mexico to New York University, but a horribly body shaming tweet he sent this weekend has probably made both schools ashamed to claim him.

Over on Twitter, Geoffrey Miller tweets under the totally scientifically respectable handle @MatingMind, which we infer means “I use the veneer of science to tell people how to get laid.” The term “evolutionary psychology,” which is Miller’s area of expertise, is one we frequently see bandied about by pick-up artists and seduction “experts,” so perhaps his fat shaming ramblings are not much of a surprise.

Still, the now-deleted tweet in which Miller posted the following statement didn’t sit well with people — not only is he being a jerk to fat people, he’s also suggesting that he considers a person’s looks when he evaluates their work.

“Dear Obese PhD applicants: if you didn’t have the willpower to stop eating carbs, you don’t have the willpower to do a dissertation #truth.”

Geoffrey Miller’s fat tweet was sent on June 2, and the story was picked up today by Jezebel — where reaction was swift and irritated.

Perhaps quite predictably, Miller was not all that assured in his public jerkery — pretty quickly, the mea culpas (or “please don’t fire mes”) began issuing forth from his Twitter feed as well.

Miller’s feed is now locked (which we suspect is totally not alpha male behavior), but before he got scared and ran away, he had this to say for himself:

“My sincere apologies to all for that idiotic, impulsive, and badly judged tweet. It does not reflect my true views, values, or standards.”

Tellingly, he felt compelled to tweet as well:

“Obviously my previous tweet does not represent the selection policies of any university, or my own selection criteria.”

While it’s unclear how this Twitter slipup will affect Geoffrey Miller or the universities with which he is affiliated, it serves again as a reminder that anything you post on Twitter can be preserved with screenshots and quotes, and if you publicly admit to discriminating against people based on appearance, you’re going to have a bad time.

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9 Responses to “Geoffrey Miller, Visiting NYU Professor, Eats Crow After Obnoxious Fat Shaming Tweet”

  1. Marla Rose Brady

    Dear arrogent, dorky PHD professor who probably couldn't get a girlfriend until you finished your PHD: If you don't have the willpower to be kind to people, maybe you should use that PHD in psychology on yourself to discover your own personality disorder.

  2. Christine Wilde

    NYU is not worried about Professor Miller? For starters, he is a liar. This is not how research is done. He has poor impulse control and is judgmental and apparently is not ethical enough to do "no harm". He takes part in deciding student's futures. He needs professional help. He should also be aware of certain medical conditions that cause obesity and have nothing to do with eating more carbs such as a pituitary tumor, PCOS, and certain conditions that prevent people from exercising. He is disgusting and a shame to the psychology community.

  3. Christine Wilde

    I would also like to add he should be held to his lie; he cannot do research on subjects without their permission and without a release just for starters……….

  4. Kim LaCapria

    I plan to follow up on this asinine claim he is making, which seems to immediately not bear out due to the simple fact he immediately "apologized" and deleted the tweet.

    Because generally when I am collecting data I immediately destroy the source from which my data stems :/

  5. Samala Henry

    If Mr. Miller was posting his dating criteria, he would be well within his rights. But when speaking as an educator, his personal preferences have no place in judging a student's performance. He's supposed to critique the student's body of work; not their bodies.

  6. Nohemi Vargas Garza

    The real tragedy is that individuals trying to get into many universities (especially ivy leagues) are more often than not facing these types of bigotry. Admission policies, which should be based on an applicant's accomplishments and scores, are often skewed to favor those of lineage or by the contributions of their alumni parents. Equity, diversity and fairness for those of us that differ from the status quo is often veiled but still as ridiculous as our Twitter-twit.

  7. Rick Barrett-Olson

    A sleazy, pretentious academic who would crack under the pressure of actually working.

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