Uju Anya, the embattled associate professor of second language acquisition at Carnegie Mellon University, fired back at Bezos days after the Amazon founder publicly slammed her remarks toward the deceased monarch.
“Uncle Stanley, don’t mind Jeff Bezos,” Anya tweeted, replying to a message from a user who asked her about the controversy. “It’s not my fault all his money will never buy him any kind of love or admiration not associated with his wealth.”
When asked by The Post to provide a statement on her current feelings toward Bezos, Anya replied “Tufiakwa!” — a Nigerian slang phrase meaning “God forbid.”
Anya and Bezos first exchanged words last week after doctors declared they were “concerned” about Queen Elizabeth’s health. Hours later, she passed away at age 96 while under medical care at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
“I heard the chief monarch of a thieving raping genocidal empire is finally dying,” Anya wrote in a tweet on Thursday. “May her pain be excruciating.”
The tweet was later removed for violating Twitter’s rules. But it drew an immediate rebuke from countless users, including Bezos, who retweeted Anya’s post and shared a scathing response.
“This is someone supposedly working to make the world better? I don’t think so. Wow,” Bezos said in response to Anya’s widely criticized tweet.
Anya also fired back against Bezos at the time, writing, “May everyone you and your merciless greed have harmed in this world remember you as fondly as I remember my colonizers.”
The Post has reached out for Bezos’ comment through Amazon’s press office and to Carnegie Mellon for comment on Anya’s latest remarks.
Anya, who was born in Nigeria and later moved to the US, said she feels she is under threat due to online rumors and criticism that emerged from her tweet.
“I feel like my life is in danger. I don’t feel safe anymore because of these lies being peddled around against me,” Anya said in an interview with Nigeria-based newspaper The Punch on Sunday.
Anya’s employer, Carnegie Mellon University, distanced itself from her tweet in a statement but did not specify whether she would face disciplinary action.
“We do not condone the offensive and objectionable messages posted by Uju Anya today on her personal social media account,” CMU said in a statement.
“Free expression is core to the mission of higher education, however, the views she shared absolutely do not represent the values of the institution, nor the standards of discourse we seek to foster,” the statement added.
Not everyone has been critical of Anya’s harsh words toward the queen. Thousands of students and academics expressed support for her in a petition circulating this week, and “The View” panelist Sonny Hostin also agreed with the substance of her tweet.
Anya touched on her employment status in a tweet posted on Monday.
“From what I’ve been told, there is no plan to sanction or fire me, and my job is not in jeopardy,” she wrote. “My university leadership showed very clearly they did not approve of my speech; however, they stand in firm support of my freedom of expression on my own personal social media.”