Michigan professor wearing space helmet tells students they’re ‘disease vectors’ in Zoom rant

A professor at Ferris State University in Michigan has been placed on administrative leave after telling students they were “disease vectors” in a student lecture video.

The video, posted to YouTube by Ferris State University history professor Barry Mehler on Jan. 9, shows him waving at students while 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 “disease vectors”.

“You’re just disease vectors to me and I don’t want to be near you, so keep your distance. If you want to talk to me, come on my zoom,” Mehler said.


Barry Mehler during a lesson video uploaded to YouTube. (Screenshot/Youtube)

Mehler also told the students that he was beholden “to no human c–ksucker” and that he had a “paying job for a fuckin’ union.”

I stand before you today indebted to no human c-sucker and working in a fucking paying union job and no soft dk of an administrator is gonna tell me how to teach my classes because I’m a f- – king full professor,” Mehler said.

He had a message for students who wanted to file a complaint with their dean: “Fuck you.”

“If you wanna go complain to your dean, fuck off, go ahead, I’m retiring at the end of this year and I don’t give a fuck anymore,” Mehler said.

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

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

Mehler 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, you have no control over your grade. It doesn’t matter how hard you work or how great your grades are. My grading system is based on the Calvinist doctrine of predestination.”


Ferris State University (Credit: Ferris State University)

Ferris State University (Credit: Ferris State University)

“I think if 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 doesn’t care about justice, that’s all predestination, and you’re all predestined to lose, just like the Indians,” he added.

Before that, Mehler said that American capitalism was using the concept of Native American smoking and profiting from it.

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

The professor added that he was “randomly assigning grades before the first day of class” and told students he would be wearing the space helmet in 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 note. That’s how predestination works. And don’t come f– king who gets Complain to me, take your complaints to God He is the one who ordered this system, not me.

Mehler told students they could come to class if they “don’t care if Grandpa lives or dies.”

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

Campus of Ferris State University.  (Credit: Ferris State University)

Campus of Ferris State University. (Credit: Ferris State University)

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


Ferris Chairman David Eisler also said he was “shocked and appalled” upon viewing the video.

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

Fox News Digital contacted Mehler, but did not receive a response.

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