Canned Forbes Contributor Stands By Column

In an email to iMediaEthics managing editor Sydney Smith, Bill Frezza admits that his quickly deleted Forbes blog post was not a good fit for the site and used a photo that was in poor taste.

But otherwise, he is not apologizing:

“I stand by every word I wrote and it appears that I have kicked off a national conversation on this [college drinking] subject, which was my goal. Most people have no idea what is going on on college campuses these days due to the ill-advised raising of the drinking age from 18 to 21, forcing so much of it to go underground… Unless and until we begin holding individuals accountable for their own behavior, and not institutions, my headline says it all.”

Frezza was quickly axed from the Forbes contributors roster; online reaction to his final column has been swift and, in some cases, questionable. For example, The Frisky headlined him a “Frat Douche.” (Frezza is president of The Beta Foundation, house corporation for MIT’s Chi Phi fraternity.)

In his September 23 blog post, Frezza offered to pay the Uber-Lyft bill for any female student deemed already too drunk when showing up at the Chi Phi door, and also made this suggestion:

During parties wet or dry, let the water flow – proper hydration and dilution is the best remedy for over consumption. Make sure there are filled water pitchers everywhere. Press them on intoxicated guests even if they resist.

Read the rest of Frezza’s remarks to iMediaEthics here.