By this point, well over halfway through 2018, folks should be aware of the possible consequences that come from errant or ill-timed posts on social media–especially the nation’s aspiring intellectuals. As the following story illustrates, there are still some insanely brilliant people who have no common sense, and they choose to display it in the most cringe-worthy ways.
This story begins with an intern at NASA. “A now-deleted thread began when Twitter user Naomi H celebrated her acceptance onto NASA’s competitive internship program with a profanity-laden post,” Daily Mail writes.
“EVERYONE SHUT THE F*** UP. I GOT ACCEPTED FOR A NASA INTERNSHIP,” she wrote.
Legendary NASA engineer Homer Hickam took issue with Naomi’s lack of professionalism.
“Language,” he responded, flatly.
The admonition should have been enough for Naomi to immediately retreat. Hickam is about as famous as NASA engineers get, as he is the subject of the 1999 film “October Sky.”
Naomi, though, at 21, may not have been going to movies when that film came out. She’s obviously not really up on her space history, either. She’s certainly not up-to-date on NASA’s current leadership.
Instead, she spouted off at Hickam. “Suck my d**k and b***s I’m working at NASA,” she wrote.
No, Naomi, you’re not. Hickam replied: “And I am on the National Space Council that oversees NASA.’
Hickam didn’t get her fired. Instead, the woman’s friends jumped into the online debate and began tagging NASA in their responses. NASA began paying attention.
Naomi was fired.
“The 75-year-old [Hickam] said he did not personally complain to NASA before the woman was stripped of her offer, and that he never intended to get her in trouble,” Daily Mail adds.
“I learned she had lost her offer for an internship with NASA,” Hickam posted on his website Tuesday.
“This I had nothing to do with, nor could I since I do not hire and fire at the agency or have any say on employment whatsoever.”
“As it turned out, it was due to the NASA hashtag her friends used that called the agency’s attention to it long after my comments were gone.”
“For what it’s worth, I want to extend @NaomiH_official my deepest condolences for having this opportunity torn away from her by an old chud.”
Hickam is far from an old chud. Hickam worked at NASA from 1981 to 1998. Before that, he served six years in the US Army during the Vietnam War.
And his response to her had nothing to do with her dismissal. She brought this on herself, completely. Chalk this up as a teachable-moment.
Still, Hickam is working with Naomi, trying to find her a new job. “I’m doing all I can to secure her one that will be better than the one she lost,” he said.
Naomi, though, is now “Taking a break from Twitter for a while.”