Michigan professor wearing space helmet tells students they are 'vectors of disease' in Zoom rant

Posted 9 days ago


A professor at Ferris State University in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after telling students that they are "vectors of disease" in a course video to students.

The video, posted to YouTube by Ferris State University History Professor Barry Mehler on Jan. 9, shows him greeting students while wearing a mask and what appears to be a space helmet.

Mehler told students that "civilization is collapsing" and "life on your planet is going extinct," before telling students that they are "vectors of disease."

"You people are just vectors of disease to me and I don't want to be anywhere near you, so keep your f--king distance. If you want to talk to me, come to my zoom," Mehler said.

Mehler also told students that he is beholden to "no human c--ksucker" and has a "paying f--king union job."

I stand before you today beholden to no human c--sucker and working a paying f--king union job and no limber d--k of an administrator is going to tell me how to teach my classes because I'm a f--king tenured professor," Mehler said.

He had a message for students who wanted to file a complaint with their dean: "F--k you."

"If you want to go complain to your dean, f--k you, go ahead, I'm retiring at the end of this year and I couldn't give a flying f--k any longer," Mehler said.

He later said that the speech he gave was adapted from an episode form HBO's Deadwood and used it to address the issue of plagiarism.

The professor is also the director of Ferris State University's Institute for the Study of Academic Racism, according to a now-deleted faculty page on Ferris State University's website.

Mehler also told students in the video that they have "no control" over their grades.

"You don't have a thing to worry about, because there's absolutely nothing you can do, you have no control over your grade. It doesn't matter how f--king hard you work or how great your grades are. My grading system is based on the Calvinist doctrine of predestination."

"I figure if it was good enough for America, it's good enough for me. The Indians didn't lose because they failed. They tried everything and nothing worked, because the universe doesn't give a sh-t about justice... (Read more)