A Michigan State professor, wearing a space helmet, tells students that they are “carriers of disease” at Zoom rant

A professor at Michigan’s Ferris State University has been placed on administrative leave after telling students that they are “disease-carriers” in a video of the student’s course.

The video, posted to YouTube by Ferris State University history professor Barry Mahler, on January 9, shows him greeting students wearing a mask and what appears to be a space helmet.

Mehler told the students that “civilization is collapsing” and that “life on your planet is dying out” before telling the students that they are “vectors of disease.”

“You people are just a vector for me and I don’t want to be anywhere near you, so keep your distance. If you want to talk to me, come zoom in,” Mahler said.

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Barry Mahler during a video uploaded to YouTube.  (screenshot/youtube)

Barry Mahler during a video uploaded to YouTube. (screenshot/youtube)
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Mahler also told the students that he owed “no human being” and had a “paid union job.”

I stand before you today beholden to the fact that no man has a paid job in the King’s Union and no one in charge will tell me how to teach my classes because I work for pay. Mahler said.

He had a message for students who wanted to complain to their dean: “F – k you.”

“If you want to file a complaint with your dean, go ahead, I will be retiring at the end of this year and I couldn’t complain to your dean,” said Mehler.

He later said that the speech he gave was adapted from an episode of HBO’s Deadwood and used it to address the plagiarism issue.

The professor is also director of the Ferris State University Institute for the Study of Academic Racism, according to the now-deleted faculty page on the Ferris State University website.

Mahler also told the students in the video that they had “no control” over their grades.

“You have nothing to worry about, because there is absolutely nothing you can do, and you cannot control your grade. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how good your grades are. The system is based on Calvinist predestination.”

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Ferris State University (credit: Ferris State University)

Ferris State University (credit: Ferris State University)

“I think it was good enough for America, it’s good enough for me. Indians didn’t lose because they failed. They tried everything and nothing worked, because the universe gives nothing about justice, everything is your destiny and you are all fated to lose like Indians” .

Prior to this, Mehler said that American capitalism had used the Native American concept of smoking and turned it into a profit.

“So, don’t believe all the hype you hear about smoking being bad for you. Native Americans have been smoking sacred tree leaves for thousands of years. After we arrived, they gave it to us and we turned around and marketed it to the world. I bet you never thought about it, but people all over the world do. They smoke cigarettes and we did. It was one of the greatest achievements of American capitalism,” said Mehler. “Indians always thought it sacred, sacred, meant to be shared on special occasions, and we saw it as an opportunity marketing venture, a way to make huge profits from an addictive product that would eventually kill you. Pure capitalism, turning death into profit.”

The professor added that he “assigns grades randomly before the first day of class,” and told the students that he would wear a space helmet to class.

“I don’t want to know anything about you, I don’t even want to know your name. I just look at the number and assign a score. That’s how pre-assignment works. And don’t come f- the king complains to me Take your complaint to God. He painted this system not me “.

Mehler told the students that they could come to class if they “didn’t give a damn about Grandpa’s life or death.”

“When I look at a classroom full of 50 students, I see 50 selfish kids who don’t care whether grandpa lives or dies. And if you don’t expose your grandfather to a possible infection with the coronavirus, stay PK away from me,” he said.

Ferris State University Campus.  (credit: Ferris State University)

Ferris State University Campus. (credit: Ferris State University)

A Ferris State University spokesperson told Fox News Digital that Mahler has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.


Ferris chief David Isler also said he was “shocked and appalled” upon seeing the video.

“I was shocked and appalled by this video,” Isler said. “It is obscene, insulting, disturbing and in no way reflects our university or its values.”

Fox News Digital reached out to Mehler, but did not receive a response.

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