During a meeting in San Francisco Wednesday, around two dozen students dressed only in their underwear loudly expressed their discontent with a potential 5% increase in fees at the University of California campuses every year over the next five years, when Napolitano leaned over to UC regent Chairman Bruce Varner and said, “Let’s just break. Let’s go, let’s go. We don’t have to listen to this crap.”
A hot mic picked up the comment.
Many of the protesting students had the phrase “Student Debt” written across their nearly naked bodies, to signify that high tuition is taking away everything that they have.
“It’s an insult to have her as the president of UC,” student protester Kristian Kim told CBS.
“I don’t know where she’s coming from, but I’m assuming she’s never had to deal with these issues personally. So I can understand why there would be a disconnect there,” Kim said in regard to Napolitano's unsavory comment about the protest.
Napolitano has bore the brunt of student criticism since assuming the system’s presidency in 2013 for reportedly earning more in salary than the US president while proposing hikes in tuition and fees rates to compensate for decreasing state funds for the University.
She has since apologized for her comment, claiming “it’s not a word I normally use.”