President Donald Trump's daughter and senior advisor, Ivanka Trump, was scheduled to give a virtual commencement speech for Wichita State University [WSU].
Given the Trump administration's widely panned response to the protests of George Floyd's murder by police, WSU's decision was soon met with outcry.
The university soon responded.
WSU Tech refocuses commencement ceremony on graduates. Read a personal message from WSU Tech President, Dr. Sheree… https://t.co/irgciZYTZE— WSU Tech (@WSU Tech)1591328855.0
WSU Tech President Dr. Sheree Utash wrote in a statement:
"I respect and understand the sharply divided reaction to today's announcement. The college stands with those who fight injustice and advocate for social equity, and we 're profoundly proud of the diversity and social change being brought forth by our students, alumni, faculty, and staff."
Only hours after the announcement, the University revoked its invitation.
Ivanka, who holds immense influence and visibility regarding the most pressing issues facing the United States, complained that the university had taken away her platform with its so-called cancel culture.
She aired her grievances on Twitter.
Here is the message I recorded on May 18th for the Graduates of WSU-Tech. I know that all of these talented graduat… https://t.co/PcQqWbXqPQ— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1591398793.0
Our nation’s campuses should be bastions of free speech. Cancel culture and viewpoint discrimination are antithetic… https://t.co/OFe9lZwV5Y— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1591398793.0
Ivanka posted the speech she intended to give, which said in part:
"You commence at a moment unlike any other. America and the world are battling a terrible pandemic. Our entire society is engaged in a national endeavor to defeat the virus, protect our fellow citizens, and open up America again to rebuild our economy and take care of the safety and well-being of our people. You are a wartime graduate."
She did not mention the protests occurring nationwide.
Ivanka's message was less than well-received.
The lack of self-awareness is, I suppose, entirely predictable. https://t.co/DsgevMhPOc— Dan Rather (@Dan Rather)1591469905.0
@IvankaTrump Ivanka Trump: "I've found that my greatest personal growth has arisen from times of discomfort and unc… https://t.co/9ovXfQ5q8E— ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️ (@ᎠᏌNᎬᎷYᎢᎻᎪNᏩ™️)1591465826.0
@IvankaTrump Darling, if you thought that listening to one another is important now more than ever you would listen… https://t.co/D2k8NuHgDX— Jamie Schler (@Jamie Schler)1591503694.0
@IvankaTrump We're only cancelling divisive trash that is antithetical to a decent democracy, hence voting to cance… https://t.co/kvWkxulKlA— Orrite Then (@Orrite Then)1591400910.0
@IvankaTrump It’s so inspiring to see those luxuriating in wealth and white privilege pass their legacy on to a new generation.— Angelux (@Angelux)1591401695.0
Even though WSU revoked its invitation, people said it never should have been issued in the first place.
@wsutech @cindyklose @WichitaState I still can’t believe anyone EVER thought this was a good idea. It’s a national embarrassment to WSU.— Sarah Haertl (@Sarah Haertl)1591329855.0
@wsutech @WichitaState Good to see we’re not having anyone from within the presidential cabinet that thought it was… https://t.co/qEWnYGyvpA— Devin S. (@Devin S.)1591329988.0
@wsutech @WichitaState Who in the hell thought it was a good idea to have her speak in the first place? What was sh… https://t.co/cFERfKf0FB— RIP America (@RIP America)1591404612.0
If you really want to cancel Ivanka, make sure you're registered to vote.