Some East Indian Jamoke made an ass of himself in a commencement speech at Columbia, referring to this country as the middle finger on the global hand. If a Yank gave a speech in Bangalore using the digitus impudicus to describe his hosts as greasy, self-righteous idolaters, they'd be burning the American Embassy.
Columbia is my alma mater, such as it is, and after the silliness about nasty Palestinians, thin-skinned Jews, and Columbia conspiring with the New York Times to stifle student comment on the story, it's just about what I expected.
No wonder the owl in hiding in the statue of Athena on the main campus. He's embarassed!