NUS President Shakira Martin gives speech suspiciously similar to The West Wing
She insists this is pure coincidence
NUS President Shakira Martin gave a speech on Wednesday that sounds incredibly similar to one used in the American political drama, The West Wing.
The speech, which would certainly not have made it through Turnitin, used many of the same terms and copied the structure of the one from the TV show, as pointed out by Varsity.
We ran the speech through Quetext, a plagiarism tool, which gave a 36 per cent chance of plagiarism, citing three lines within the speech as being 61, 90 and 100 per cent similar to the script from The West Wing.
Martin's speech is similar to the speech from the third episode of The West Wing's fourth series, "College Kids", given by President Bartlet.
You can see the astonishing similarities in Varsity's tweet here:
— Varsity (@VarsityUK) March 29, 2018
Examples include the repetition of the line, "there is evil in the world, there always has been, and we can't do nothing about that."
Martin finishes the speech in the same was as Bartlet's, stating "we can do better. We must do better, and we will do better."
You can see the full video of her speech below:
Well this is a little bit awkward 😬
Posted by Varsity on Thursday, March 29, 2018
Martin, however claims that she has never seen The West Wing, and that she is "more of a housewives of Atlanta girl". She also claims that she uses all of her own words, being "a leader not a follower".
I have never watched the West wing…I'm more of a housewives of Atlanta type of girl. I got my own mind and I talk what i believe and feel. I use my own words. Im a leader not a follower! I am me and there is only 1 Shakira and I can't be compared to anyone but myself. Bloop!!😁 https://t.co/SCwEGNahXW
— Shakira Martin (@ShakiraSweet1) March 29, 2018
Many are still suspicious, however:
You also have this phenomenal skill of believing your own lie.
— Shaima Dallali (@TunisianRose) March 29, 2018
It's word for word. You even did the same pauses and hand movements
— Ace Badger ♠ (@Steam_Badger) March 30, 2018
You can't deny that your speeches are very similar! Maybe ask your speech writer where they got inspiration from. 😂😂
— Lubaba Khalid (@LubabaKhalid) March 29, 2018
Just admit it. If you keep lying it's going to get worse for you.
— Jimmy (@JimmySecUK) March 30, 2018
If it looks like plagiarism and quacks like plagiarism then it probably is plagiarism.
Not a good look for someone setting an example for students.
At least she’s not Momentum.
— Christopher MiIler (@GristoMill) March 30, 2018