An Oxford University student who voted to remove the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, causing outrage in the upper echelons of the UK government, is a wealthy American boy from a private school who is a fan of Captain America, it became clear on Wednesday.
Matthew Katzman, 25, of Stanford, proposed removing the image from Magdalena’s middle dormitory, saying it was not welcoming because the monarch “represented recent colonial history.”
At that time, the members of the middle common room voted in favor with a “significant” majority – a sparklingly fierce reaction.
The Queen is “a head of state and a symbol of what is best in the UK,”
A spokesman for Boris Johnson then told the Daily Mail that the prime minister “supported” his minister’s statement.
It has now become clear that the man in charge of the movement to take down the portrait is not even British, but from Washington, DC – only adding to the break.
Katzman is the son of 65-year-old lawyer Scott Katzman, who lives in a DC mansion worth more than $ 5.5 million, according to the Mail.
He previously attended Sidwell’s $ 48,000 a year school for friends, a historic private Quaker college – where the post office says he “probably” considered former President Barack Obama’s 22-year-old daughter Malia as a contemporary.
Her younger sister Sasha also went there, as did Nancy Reagan, Chelsea Clinton, President Biden’s grandchildren and the descendants of other presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt and Richard Nixon.
His general education cost at least $ 640,000, according to the Mail.
Katzman can also be seen in photos on social media with the shield “Captain America”, next to “Stars and Stripes”.
But the computer scientist insisted to the outlet that removing the portrait was “not the same as a statement about the queen.”
“The royal family is on display in many areas of the college, and it was eventually agreed that it was an unnecessary addition to the common room,” he said.
“It was decided that the hall should be a friendly, neutral place for all members, regardless of origin, demographics or views,” he said.
“No position was taken on the queen or the royal family – the conclusion was simply that there were better places to hang this seal,” he said.
Magdalena College – which is distancing itself from the vote – has long been a “solid royalist” with its famous alumni, including King Edward VIII, and the Queen herself received an honorary degree in 1948.
The monarch also visited in 2008 to mark his 550th birthday.
Magdalena College President Dina Rose stressed online that the students “do not represent the college”, while stressing that she “strongly supports freedom of speech and political debate”.
“The photo will be safely stored,” she said.
Lord Chris Patton, vice-chancellor of Oxford University, said he hoped the scandal “would not do too much damage to the college’s reputation”.
“Freedom of speech allows even intelligent people to be offensive and unpleasantly ignorant,” he said, according to the Mail.
But Sir John Hayes, chairman of a group of common sense MPs, said “participants should be completely ashamed of themselves”.