A Middle Tennessee University music professor apparently went off script during his guest lecture at Belmont University this week and played the song “F**k Donald Trump” over the loudspeaker.
Belmont, of course, is a Christian university.
Joseph Morgan was the MTSU professor in question.
Belmont spokesman Greg Pillon confirmed the incident in an emailed statement to The Tennessee Star.
“On Wednesday, an outside speaker appeared at Belmont University and shared content about politics and popular culture that was biased and disrespectful. Some of the content presented, including the presentation title which was different from what had been approved by university officials, was outside the lines of what was expected,” Pillon said.
“The university feels betrayed by the deception implicit in the actions of the guest speaker. Belmont University does not endorse the message that was delivered and also strongly objects to the obscene language that was used. We apologize to anyone who was offended as today’s event was not reflective of our Christian identity nor of our institutional commitment to civil political discourse.”
According to CampusReform.org, Belmont marketed the event as a music and discourse lecture titled “Popular Music and Presidential Politics.”
Morgan instead reportedly delivered a lecture titled “Popular Music and the Impending Tyranny of Donald Trump.”
Someone in the audience captured what happened on video. The video is available on YouTube.
“The video shows Morgan standing behind the podium as the music plays in the background. The only words that can be heard in the video are ‘hey, hey f**k Donald Trump,’” according to CampusReform.org
“However, students who spoke with Lone Conservative said the speaker also used the words, ‘p*ssy’ and ‘vagina.’”
MTSU spokesman Jimmy Hart told The Star Friday that Morgan’s lecture “covered previously published research by our faculty member, which was known by the Belmont professor prior to the event.”
“Some examples cited in the lecture included coarse lyrics and a discussion on whether such harsh language helped or hindered the intended message by the artists,” Hart said.
“Our faculty member assures us he did not share or advocate any personal political beliefs in the lecture.”
According to MTSU’s website, Morgan studied classical guitar and European history at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned a bachelor of arts. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Maryland, College Park.
From there, Morgan moved to Boston where he earned his Ph.D. in historical musicology from Brandeis University.
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Photo “Joseph Morgan” by Middle Tennessee State University. Background Photo “Joseph Morgan Speaking” by Lone Conservative.