The Yale University Halloween email scandal in which two professors who defended freedom of expression were forced to resign has won first place in Foundation For Individual Rights In Education (FIRE) co-founder Harvey Silvergate’s “Campus Muzzle Awards.”
The so-called scandal, which involved student protests after the two professors sent a string of emails saying that although students should be considerate of other cultures, they were free to choose their own Halloween costumes, eventually forced the resignation of both Nicholas and Erika Christakis, both professors at the university.
The competition, which Silvergate describes as a list of the “most egregious examples of on-campus narrow-mindedness and intolerance,” also includes the punishment at Gordon College of faculty member who disagreed with the administration, the punishment of student journalists at Brandeis University, and the disinviting of a controversial speaker at Williams College.
Harvey Silvergate, who created the tongue-in-cheek “award,” is also the co-founder of FIRE, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education which campaigns for freedom of speech civil liberties in academia and universities across the US.
Breitbart Tech editor Milo Yiannopoulos has since confirmed that he plans to wear a Native American costume on a visit to Yale University this Halloween as a means of mocking the scandal.