Author and engineer Homer Hickam, who sits on NASA’s National Space Council, got into a spat with a Twitter user after she used foul language to announce her internship with NASA on Twitter.
@NaomiH_official wrote, “EVERYONE SHUT THE F*CK UP I GOT ACCEPTED FOR A NASA INTERNSHIP.” To which Hickam simply replied, “Language.”
That’s when “Naomi” responded with, “Suck my dick and balls I’m working at NASA.”
Hickam, in a now deleted exchange wrote, “And I am on the National Space Council that oversees NASA”:
It was a brief stay at Spacetronaut Academy for Freshman Cadet Naomi H pic.twitter.com/PVmxlXhOAM
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 22, 2018
Whoops. NASA did pull her internship over the exchange, but Hickam — being a class act — explained in a blog post that he was only looking out for the woman and was warning her about using foul language and tagging NASA in a tweet. The two have reportedly been in touch and Hickam was trying to get her internship back at NASA or an even a better one someplace else:
A furry became an intern for NASA and got fired after tweeting at someone on the NASA council to suck their dick. Naturally, this is the only story this week that has a happy ending… https://t.co/P5W9XQmFpB
— grace wyler (@grace_lightning) August 23, 2018
Screenshot of Hickam’s explanation here:
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) August 24, 2018
But then things got weird. Apparently Naomi is a “Furry” — people who dress up in animal costumes — and members of the Furry community got furious at Hickam, which caused him to delete his Twitter and the blog post he wrote where he explained how he was trying to help Naomi:
NASA engineer Homer Hickam deactivated his Twitter after a sustained harassment campaign from members of the furry community following a brief interaction with a would-be NASA intern (a furry) who spewed profanity at him.
He also deleted his blog defending the furry. pic.twitter.com/TYAx3mVSLb
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) August 23, 2018
And this is why we can’t have nice things:
The Twitter bullies have mobbed and harassed Homer Hickam @HomerHickam into deleting his Twitter account. What a generation. What a generation.
— Mister Mobility (@moverick) August 23, 2018
PAGING BRIAN STELTER! Blue-checked lefty journo calls on mob to teach News Corp 'fascists' a lesson https://t.co/2LfefV5R0W
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 23, 2018
'Is THIS where we're at?' Actor Vincent D'Onofrio's pre-emptive caving to the Outrage Mob is just plain 'SAD' https://t.co/M3zdoQn8Le
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 13, 2018
'HOLY SH*T, GROW A SET'! Actor Jerry O'Connell caved to the SJW mob over THIS? https://t.co/NtvrRuScBe
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) August 10, 2018