When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.
Or, if it’s America in 2014, you get sent through a bunch of hoops by overpaid bureaucrats with nothing better to do with their time.
Displaying a lack of both pop culture and First Amendment awareness, administrators at Bergen Community College in New Jersey placed Professor Francis Schmidt on leave this past January, requiring him to meet with a psychiatrist before returning to campus—just for posting a picture of his daughter in a T-shirt quoting the popular HBO television show Game of Thrones.
Schmidt, an art and animation professor, was required to meet with Jim Miller, an executive director at the college, as well as two other administrators prior to being put on leave because Miller believed he received a “threatening email” from Schmidt…
First, the email was not sent from Schmidt. Jim Miller is a contact of Schmidt’s on Google+, so Miller automatically received an email from Google when Schmidt posted on Google+. Second, the “threatening” material was a picture of Schmidt’s young daughter doing yoga in a Game of Thrones T-shirt with the quote, “I will take what is mine with fire & blood.”
Um… Daenerys, anyone?
So, these cultural and ethical imbeciles caused a lot of trouble for this guy, for the simple crime of allowing his daughter to watch a strong, independent woman on TV.
How’s that “Republican War on Women” going for ya, geniuses?
And the guy who received the image, who was so offended, went out of his way to do so by joining his subordinate’s Google+ circle. That’s all it takes these days to get somebody suspended.
Winter is coming. Not soon enough.