The Christopher Newport University scholar who recently criticized DC Comics’ decision to make Superman a bisexual isn’t taking her critics sitting down, saying she is going to “go on offense.”
Late last month, Sophia Nelson said the new sexual proclivities of the Man of Steel were being “pushed on kids” which parents then would need to explain.
In addition, Nelson said religious Christians might have a problem with the character.
In virtually no time, a petition was created calling for Nelson’s ouster, with students saying they were “outraged,” “sad,” “angry” and “uncomfortable.” CNU President Paul Trible said the school would “help heal, and do the work to promote diversity, equity and inclusion.”
According to CBN News, Nelson offered her apologies, but “after days of merciless attacks” she said she was fed up.
“I immediately pulled the tweets down, apologized not once, but twice, and made clear on my feed in other tweets that ‘homophobia’ was wrong and certainly not something I believe in or support,” she wrote in a letter just over a week ago.
In a subsequent video posted to her Facebook page, Nelson said
This has spilled into the media, and I’ve been on defense. But I’m gonna go on offense, because I’m not gonna be defined by you. I’m not gonna be labeled a bigot or a homophobe or a transphobe or a racist, because I’m none of those things. I’m not gonna allow you to do what you’ve done to too many people, which is to ruin lives, ruin careers, run people out of spaces, say that they shouldn’t be allowed to speak or be heard.
How dare you. You don’t have that right to do that to any of us, and I would never do it to you.
Nelson claimed all her efforts at meeting with students had been “rebuffed” by the university, but a confab finally was set up for November 9.
However, Nelson has decided against participating, saying “the situation — and its accompanying backlash — ‘has all gone too far,'” and that she “now feel[s] unsafe and unwelcomed” at Christopher Newport.