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Harvard professor apologises for suggesting that bi economist Keynes was selfish for not having children

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  1. Disappointing that Ferguson would say such a thing. Still, his apology is a cut above the usual sorry-if-I-offended-anyone nonsense I suppose.

  2. This guy has it backwards…people WITH children are the most selfish, self-centered bunch around…just got to suburbia where all the stroller crowd is and you get the picture

    1. Considering that there are some in our community with children your comment is as stupid and offensive as Ferguson’s.

    2. People with too many children, have children they can’t afford to support or have children and don’t look after them are selfish.

      People who have children, own strollers and live in the suburbs are not necessarily selfish, despite the high levels of irritating “yummy mummys” you may have encountered. I say this as someone who has personally encountered quite a few.

  3. Robert in S. Kensington 4 May 2013, 8:08pm

    I’m not surprised at anything he says. He’s a right wing nutter and supports the republicans and their anti equal marriage platform. One of the UK’s worst exports to America.

    I’m always fascinated when bigots like this say something outrageous and false, then back pedal when they find out it wasn’t well received to save face and their jobs as well as reputations. I have no respect for him and never will. A leopard never changes its spots. Next time, he’ll stop and think before he opens his big mouth spewing his bile.

  4. Robert in S. Kensington 4 May 2013, 8:10pm

    Oh and I forgot to mention, this equal marriage opponent is on his second marriage having committed adultery in his first.

    1. Dave North 4 May 2013, 8:20pm

      Quick. Lets stone him.

      1. Dave North 4 May 2013, 8:21pm

        PS: Irony.

    2. Though the fact that his second wife is Ayaan Hirsi Ali is fairly interesting, no?

  5. Such a pity. This handsome man has held my attention on a number of occasions when talking very eruditely on historical matters.

    Oh, well, there we have it. One simply must try harder not to be swayed by handsome faces.

  6. Christopher Coleman 4 May 2013, 8:45pm

    Given the state of the planet and the stupid hordes who breed beyond all reasonable numbers, those who choose to be childless are showing the greatest possible care for future generations, the planet and all the other species we share it with. Selfish these people are not!

  7. The homophobes continually berate us for wanting to have children, saying we are not fit to be parents. Now, we are criticised for not having children and are deemed selfish. It may have been an off the cuff remark but it was totally unnecessary and irrelevant to the topic at hand. His comment was extremely stupid and insensitive, especially in light of the fact Keynes’ wife had miscarried. The comment is not only offensive to the gay community but to straight couples who cannot have children through no fault of their own. Ferguson’s comment only illustrates the degree to which homophobia is entrenched within our society. The man is highly educated and holds a position of authority and influence within one of the most prestigious educational institutions in the US. An example should be made of him and his tenure terminated to demonstrate that homophobia is not acceptable from anyone in a similar position. No doubt there are many xtian institutions that would love to have him on staff

  8. Paul Brownsey 4 May 2013, 9:41pm

    The headline is not sustained by the story. Ferguson did not say that it was selfish of Keynes not to have children. He suggested that being gay and not having children made him embrace selfishness.

    1. John ,,McKee 4 May 2013, 10:21pm

      Possibly a matter of poor grammar rather than intended meaning Paul. Not that it makes it much better.

      Incidently. his apology falsely states “My disagreements with Keynes’s economic philosophy have never had anything to do with his sexual orientation.” As this review of his book “The Pity of War” shows, that is plainly not the case. Poor form to apologise with a deception.

      http://historymike.blogspot.co.uk/2007/09/book-review-pity-of-war.html

  9. At least he acknowledged that he was in the wrong not the people who were offended by his remarks

  10. thelostdot 4 May 2013, 11:02pm

    This just goes to show how western education will even give really thick people a Phd – as long as they aren’t poor of course. The man isn’t fit to lick Keynes feet.

  11. Where did these bullshit thoughts come from if he is not a homophobe to the bone? I somehow can’t believe his apology. these thoughts do not come out of the blue.

  12. Dr Frederic K Sutter 5 May 2013, 2:45am

    Apology unaccepted…you said it…you meant it….Now live with it…YOU ARE A DISGRACE TO HARVARD….I graduated from Harvard and YOU ARE A DISGRACE!

    1. Apparently Harvard used to be a university. I hope you got out while it still was.

  13. Widdershins 5 May 2013, 4:44am

    Why do people like this ijit still think they can make such statements and get away with it?

    i dunno. Is it something in the water?

  14. JackAlison 5 May 2013, 5:51am

    oh its the usual.
    “i didnt mean it…i had amnesia…b/s”
    Ive never heard of this creep
    now i have and thats precisel y he did it…
    Absolutely pathetic!

  15. Keynes was bisexual not gay. Yes he had loved men but he fell in love with a woman ballerina and married her. I don’t think she was able to have children. Pink News should not give in to bisexual erasure, and should correct Ferguson’s assertion in this regard as well.

    1. Thank you Pink News for correcting the header to this article and recognising Keynes’ bisexuality.

      1. Though PinkNews should accurately report Keynes as bi, let’s remain clear that the moron’s remarks were entirely about Keynes being “gay” – even when he halfheartedly apologises, it is only to ‘gay and straight’ people.

  16. It is surprising that a white man married to a negress would make such comments.

    1. “Negress”? What century did you stray in from?

  17. Susan Robinson 5 May 2013, 11:16am

    Here we see the venomous toxicity behind ‘successful’ British journalism. Bring on state regulation, because this selfish heterosexual has done little good to the ‘self regulation’ chants.

  18. Jim Zaccaria 5 May 2013, 11:20am

    The remarks were offensive, the apology was in order, and unlike many public apologies, it actually seemed genuine.

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