A professor at a New York City art college has drawn the ire of social media after a video showed her hurling obscenities at pro life students over a display at their school that she eventually destroyed.
Shellyne Rodriguez, 46, is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts and Hunter College in the Big Apple.
She’s also an artist and activist who claims her work ‘utilizes text, drawing, painting, collage and sculpture to depict spaces and subjects engaged in strategies of survival against erasure and subjugation,’ according to her bio.
A video posted by a pro-life group from early in May shows her stopping at what claimed to be an educational pro life display at Hunter College in the City University of New York, which is taxpayer funded. A spokesperson for the school has said an investigation is underway.
‘You’re not educating s,’ Rodriguez said to one of the students. ‘This is fing propaganda. What are you going to do, like, anti-trans next? This is bulls***. This is violent. You’re triggering my students.’
One of the male students attempts to speak with Rodriguez before she interrupts him, saying: ‘You can’t even have a f***ing baby.’
Rodriguez then starts to shove their pamphlets off the display table and demanding they ‘get this s*** the f*** out of here.’
She offers one more ‘f*** this s***’ before walking away, as the two students attempt to put their pamphlets back in place.
While conservatives and pro-lifers have been enraged, a group called CUNY for Abortion Rights is defending Rodriguez.
Despite her angry and foul-mouthed abuse, the group insists Rodriguez ‘constructively critiqued’ the anti-abortion display.
Its members, who haven’t been identified, added: ‘Her actions to shut down the tabling were fully justified.
They added: ‘We stand with Shellyne Rodriguez and stand against the right wing anti abortion backlash she is experiencing!’
In several panels, they detailed what was happening in the wake of Rodriguez’s tirade.