Tim Torkildson, who managed social media for Utah's Nomen Global Language Center, was fired after allegedly being scolded by the owner of the school for the "gay undertones" in a blog post about homophones.
In case you didn't know, "homophone" is defined as, "each of two or more words having the same pronunciation but different meanings, origins, or spelling." Like "they're" and "their" or "bow" and "bough."
Despite the benign nature of the post, school owner Clarke Woodger was INFURIATED about how this could be interpreted by foreign language students. According to Torkildson, Woodger said:
“People at this level of English may see the ‘homo’ side and think it has something to do with gay sex.”
Well, then Woodger must not be doing a very good job teaching his students! His irrational explanation continued:
“I’m letting you go because I can’t trust you. This blog about homophones was the last straw. Now our school is going to be associated with homosexuality. I never have any idea what you’re going to do next. I can’t run my business that way.You’d probably make a great college professor, but since you don’t have a degree you’ll never get that kind of work. I would advise you to try something clerical, where you’ll be closely supervised and have immediate goals at all times. That’s the only kind of job you’ll ever succeed at.”
Woodger has since argued that the decision to fire Torkildson had nothing to do with homosexuality, but that he would sometimes rant on the blog he ran for the school.
Though, suspiciously, the post about homophones was removed.
Shouldn't an owner of a language school know what "homophones" are??!
We just hope this is all one big, silly misunderstanding or else we're concerned for Clarke's students!!!
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