There is apparently a message hidden in the resignation letter that Kal Penn and 15 other members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) posted on Friday.
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) August 18, 2017
Hunter College professor of Art History, Michael Lobel, according to Artnet, was one of the first few people to notice the hidden message in the resignation letter posted by Penn, whose real name is Kalpen Suresh Modi, last week. Upon closer inspection, readers will notice that the first letters of each paragraph spells out the word “RESIST”.
Read the first letter of each paragraph of today’s arts & humanities resignation letter: pic.twitter.com/2cjbQuhf7M
— Michael Lobel (@mlobelart) August 18, 2017
“The Administration’s refusal to quickly and unequivocally condemn the cancer of hatred only further emboldens those who wish America ill. We cannot sit idly by, the way that your West Wing advisors have, without speaking out against your words and actions,” the members stated in the letter.
Based on what the members wrote, the hidden message is very much significant to the content of the letter and what it represents. It is unclear, however, if the word was specifically put there by the committee or if it was just pure coincidence.
Other high-profile names that have resigned from PCAH include Paula Boggs, Chuck Close, Richard Cohen, Fred Goldring, Howard L. Gottlieb, Vicki Kennedy, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Luzzatto, Thom Mayne, Eric Ortner, Ken Solomon, Caroline Taylor, Jill Cooper Udall, Andrew Weinstein and John Lloyd Young.