During the first day of his Marketing 3000 lecture, Poor asked if any of his students were from countries outside the United States. One student shared that he was from Wuhan.
The professor then joked, “Let me get my mask on.”
He went on to ask the student if he had any problems with traveling during the pandemic and whether he would be able to return home in the summer, as seen in the extended cut of the Zoom lecture posted by Twitter user @HazeFlave.
Poor offered his spare bedroom to the student “if things get tough.”
Users against what happened: Meanwhile, others took to Twitter to speak out in defense of Poor. A petition titled “Keep Joel Poor as a University of Missouri Professor,” was started and amassed over 6,800 signatures as of this writing.
One Twitter user described the professor’s remark as a “misplaced dad joke.”
A lame misplaced dad joke being deemed somehow more important than this guy literally offering shelter to a student he wants to make sure is okay is peak 2020. Very dumb.
Insanity. This type of shit gives conservatives all the ammo they need to discredit anything considered “left”. And if you are on the left and for unions and workers rights, you in no way should support his firing. Being disciplined is one thing, firing is outrageous.
An entire Twitter account called Free JoelPoor was created in the professor’s defense.
One user noted how this incident could have been used as a “teaching moment.”
This could have and SHOULD have been used as a teaching moment for the faculty within the CoB. Joel Poor has been making comments like this for years. While disciplinary action has been the result, he needs to be educated. They all do.
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