July 22, 2011, 10:44 AM — If someone like former Harvard President Larry Summers called me an assh*le in public -- and not just in public, but during a videotaped interview at a giant, high-profile tech conference -- my response would be along these lines:
"Listen, you bank-deregulating, economy-destroying piece of sh*t, you wanna call me an assh*ole? Say it to my face. Why don't we meet up in Harvard Yard so I can kick your fat, sorry ass across the Charles."
But that's just me. When Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are called assh*les, they respond by asserting that their accuser -- Larry Summers -- is "tactfully challenged." Worse, they do so in a letter to the current president of Harvard, even though the Winklevii left the university seven years ago.
In other words, they act like prissy dorks. No wonder Mark Zuckerberg walked all over them.
Here's the open letter the Swagger Brothers sent to Harvard President Drew Gilpin Faust:
We (Cameron Winklevoss ’04, Divya Narendra ’04 and Tyler Winklevoss ’04) are writing to discuss the recent remarks made by current Charles W. Eliot University Professor of Harvard Lawrence H. Summers at Fortune’s “Brainstorm Tech Conference” on July 19, 2011. Specifically, Mr. Summers referred to us as “a—–” for wearing ties and jackets to our meeting with him in April of 2004. To be clear, his remark was not limited to us, but extends to any undergraduate who chooses a particular form of attire.
See, we should all be outraged! Ich bin ein Winklevii! Class-action suit to follow!
As a matter of background, on March 15, 2004 we petitioned the Administrative Board (Ad Board) of Harvard regarding a disciplinary issue concerning Mark Zuckerberg ’06-’07 in connection with the development of a website the four of us had been working on together. Despite what was, from our perspective, a clear violation of the Student Handbook, which states “all students will be honest and forthcoming in their dealings with members of [the Harvard] community,” the Ad Board declined to involve itself. As students of a university that promulgated an expectation of “intellectual honest[y] [and] respect for the dignity of others,” we sought a discussion with then President Summers regarding what we believed to be an inconsistency in the University’s posture on this matter.
"A clear violation if the Student Handbook"! We are so telling on him!
As a result, we decided to attend student office hours of the President, a two hour monthly block of time specifically allotted by President Summers for students to discuss any and all matters of concern with him. We sent a polite and rather un-swaggering email beforehand for the purposes of background. It should be noted that Mr.