Purdue Northwest chancellor apologizes for Asian impression

Purdue University Northwest in Indiana’s Thomas L. Keon has issued an apology following an impression that occurred during the school’s winter commencement ceremony.

During the commencement, Keon referenced the prior speaker who admitted to speaking gibberish at times.

“Well all I can say is… (incoherent east Asian imitation)” Keon said in reference to the previous speaker. “That’s sort of my Asian version of his [speech].”

He quickly received backlash for the speech and has since apologized:

“On Saturday, December 10, during one of our two PNW Commencement ceremonies, I made a comment that was offensive and insensitive. I am truly sorry for my unplanned, off-the-cuff response to another speaker, as my words have caused confusion, pain, and anger.”

Purdue University’s Board of Trustees has reportedly “accepted” the apology.

See the incident below:

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