A good number of people who are not impressed with Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s alleged, if not self-confessed, insulting and abusive "in your face" signifying behavior towards Sgt. James Crowley and other Cambridge police officers, to say nothing of his post arrest conduct such as his all too revealing "interview" in The Root webzine, are quite predictably "name-calling" Henry Gates Jr. "The Nutty Professor". I recently took a cue from this predictable stereotyping of professor Gates when posting a comment to a blog post of a blogger who is sensitive about people making fun of the mentally ill. I quite justifiably referred to Henry Gates as "The Naughty Professor" thus more accurately describing his behavior while referencing "The Nutty Professor" in this pun.
Here are some dictionary definitions of the word "naughty" -
1. Behaving disobediently or mischievously: a naughty child.
2. Indecent; improper: a naughty wink.
3. Archaic Wicked; immoral.
Misbehaving, often in a troublesome way: bad, ill-behaved.
See control/uncontrol, good/bad.
not behaving properly; mischievous or disobedient: used esp. of children or their behavior
showing lack of decorum; improper, indelicate, or obscene
So I think that we can safely say that professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. has been just a tad naughty of late and can thus quite justifiably be referred to as "The Naughty Professor". I am happy to report that this Google search reveals that I am probably the very first person to "name-call" Henry Louis Gates Jr. "The Naughty Professor" on the internet with the possible exception of one RuthACod who had a Grumpy Day yesterday.
Update Tuesday 28.07.2009 23:22pm: After tracking down my comment where I first use the term "The Naughty Professor" it is now clear that RuthACod beat me to the punchline by a few hours.
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