Mary Beard posts picture of her crying following backlash in media

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Mary Beard has shared pictures of her crying online after she received an onslaught of criticism for defending Oxfam aid workers from Haiti who were accused of sexually exploiting women. Professor Beard, who formerly described herself as “not 100% straight, took to Twitter to write that the alleged behaviour could not be “condoned” but that she wondered “how hard it must be to sustain ‘civilised’ values in a disaster zone”. The comments were slammed by critics including Priyamvada Gopal, a fellow academic at Cambridge, who wrote that raping other people is obviously a bad idea. Beard responded that she was surprised that even after decades many of people are unable to get the point about the breakdown of morality in a danger zone. She later revealed that she had been called a “‘pervert’, ‘sick cow’, ‘disgusting creature’” over the comments and attached a picture of herself in tears saying that she felt offended and abused.

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