It’s evident that social media plays a highly dominant role in our lives because recently a Twitter user lost a highly coveted NASA internship because her profanity-laden tweets irked another Twitter user.
And absolutely zero points, for guessing that the other “user” was the famed former NASA engineer Homer Hickam.
Let’s have a look at the exchange that spanned between these two.
Naturally, the post went viral very quickly, causing the user, identified as Naomi H. to lose her dream internship at NASA.
After her tweet, entire Twitter was divided. Some people believed it was unfair for Naomi to be sacked off just because of a tweet.
They argued that it was justifiable for Naomi to act the way she did because she was too excited about the NASA internship and wasn’t thinking about how her tweets could reach her future employers.
People in support of her also pointed out another important fact that it was an honest mistake on Naomi’s part to not know that the Twitter user she was talking to is a former NASA engineer and currently a member of the space council advisory board.
However, soon enough some users argued that someone as influential as Hickam who’s a celebrated author, Vietnam veteran, the NASA engineer who trained the first Japanese astronauts and the inspiration behind the 1999 film “October Sky,” should have been recognized by Naomi in the first place.
What Happened Afterwards
Soon after a lot of people had voiced their support and sympathy for Naomi, NASA apparently gave back Naomi her internship.
In a blog post, Mr. Hickam explained that he was only trying to help her and was absolutely not responsible for her losing the internship. He said that he was annoyed because he didn’t think it was right for someone associated with NASA to be using such foul language.
“I learned she had lost her offer for an internship with NASA. This I had nothing to do with nor could I since I do not hire and fire at the agency or have any say on employment whatsoever.”
It was only due to the NASA hashtag her friends had used, that called the agency’s attention to her controversial tweet in the first place.
It was very refreshing and nice to see someone as important as Hickam display such compassionate and thoughtful leadership.
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