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U. Washington HIV Researcher Faces Cancellation for Wearing Michael Jackson Halloween Costume 13 Years Ago

U. Washington HIV Researcher Faces Cancellation for Wearing Michael Jackson Halloween Costume 13 Years Ago

“after a photo of her costume was anonymously emailed to senior leadership at the University of Washington”

This woman’s life work is finding a cure for HIV, but the morally superior cancel mob has decided she must pay for a Michael Jackson costume she wore to a Jackson themed party.

The Federalist reports:

Award-Winning HIV Researcher Forced Into Re-Education For Dressing Up Like Michael Jackson

A resurfaced blackface photo wasn’t enough to get Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or former Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam fired, but a medical researcher was forced out of her senior vice president position last month after dressing up as Michael Jackson for Halloween in 2009.

Dr. Julie Overbaugh was an award-winning senior vice president at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (“Fred Hutch”) and a faculty member at the University of Washington Medical Center. She’s known for her research on HIV in Kenya. But her career is being ruined over a costume.

Nearly 13 years ago, Overbaugh attended the party at a lab at Fred Hutch. The theme of the party was Jackson’s album “Thriller.” But after a photo of her costume was anonymously emailed to senior leadership at the University of Washington, UW Medicine, and Fred Hutch, she’s been forced to undergo “an intensive education process.”

Wokescolds ‘Harmed’ by a Halloween Costume

The photo immediately triggered an internal investigation at Fred Hutch, where she was placed on administrative leave.

Fred Hutch released a statement labeling the costume “racist.” The institution offered “our sincere apologies to anyone who has experienced pain or upset because of the act or this photo.”

Though the incident didn’t occur at UW Medicine, its CEO and equity officer also waded into the faux controversy. UW Medicine CEO Dr. Paul Ramsey and Chief Equity Officer Paula Houston notified UW Medicine staff in an email that Overbaugh was punished for engaging in the “racist, dehumanizing, and abhorrent act” of “blackface.” During a separate formal review process for UW faculty, the email confirmed, Overbaugh resigned from her UW affiliate faculty member appointment.

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Comments

Some Amazon vendor needs to offer “Blackface Permits” people can buy, signed by celebrities such as Justin Trudeau, Ted Danson, or Ralph Northam. Never know when you might need a “get out of cancel” card.

healthguyfsu | March 8, 2022 at 11:21 pm

The actor in “Hamilton” wears permanent blackface over a white slave owner’s real face, but that’s okay because woke.

She has her career threatened because she went to a party honoring Michael Jackson dressed as Michael Jackson? And it was 13 years ago? So that’s more important than finding cures to HIV and AIDS?

This sounds like a story from the Babylon Bee. Sometimes the cancel culture does things in real life that are beyond parody. Idiots.

Isn’t the purpose of a costume party to dress up as a character? This is stupid.

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