Winklevii Ask Harvard President To Address Betrayal

By Jackie Cohen Comment

Will whining to the president of your alma mater help your case when it’s being tried in the media? Perhaps Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss believe that might influence the outcome of their latest lawsuit against Facebook, which they recently filed in Boston’s federal court.

The twins and their business partner Divya Narendra have written a letter to Harvard University President Drew Faust asking her to address his predecessor, Larry Summers’ use of an expletive to describe the Winklevii. A copy of this missive appears beneath this post.

Summers had indirectly called the twins an expletive in the course of answering a question on how accurately The Social Network depicted him. His response, according to The Los Angeles Times:

I’ve heard it said that I can be arrogant. If that’s true, I surely was on that occasion.

One of the things you learn as a college president is that if an undergraduate is wearing a tie and jacket on Thursday afternoon at three o’clock, there are two possibilities.

One is that they’re looking for a job and have an interview; the other is that they are an [expletive]. This was the latter case.

Rarely, have I encountered such swagger, and I tried to respond in kind.

The twins and Narendra consider Summers’ words and actions to be a betrayal of Harvard’s honor code. Even if that were the case, we’d be surprised if the university’s current president responded to this letter; the event in question happened seven years ago, Faust is probably busy and it’s the middle of July, when she might be on vacation.

Readers, what do you think about the Winklevoss letter?