Bill Nye can’t seem to please anybody, and that’s because the people he typically tries to please are unpleasable.
Nye is typically known for being an ardent member of the Church of Climate Change, on the forefront of trumpeting the latest in global cooli-, I mean global warmi-, I mean global cooling again hysterics. This has oftentimes caused him to run afoul of the facts, and other scientists. However, Nye doesn’t let the completely unsettled science of climate change stop him from declaring it settled. Instead of scientifically changing with the data, Nye would just rather see people who disagree with him jailed.
Needless to say, between his hysterics, unscientific thinking, and a complete rejection of reality in some cases, his once rabid fan base is diminishing, and in some cases, flat out mocking him.
But despite Nye’s asinine presence in the cultural milieu, he has some qualities that I can appreciate. For instance, he believes firmly that we need to get back to exploring space. I can’t help but agree with him, not just because it’d be cool to do, but because I believe space travel is humanity’s next real step in its evolution. But I digress.
Nye is so into the idea that he’s attending Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Trump as the guest of *gasp* Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma. This was a little too much for some scientists, specifically 500 female scientists.
Gathering together, they published a letter in the Scientific American denouncing Nye, saying that he doesn’t speak for these scientists, nor does he speak for science.
Interestingly enough, I can agree that Nye doesn’t speak for science, but he actually seems to speak for the scientists who wrote this letter, seeing as how it reads like a college social justice activist group’s statement about all the injustices they suffer.
According to the letter, by accepting the invitation of Bridenstine, Nye is endorsing all of Bridenstine’s beliefs, and not just going because he and the Republican both want to promote space travel. The letter says Nye is supporting Bridenstine’s racism, bigotry, and climate denials by appearing as his guest.
According to the women, Nye is also supporting Trump. At this point, they let the social justice loose upon the letter:
As scientists, we cannot stand by while Nye lends our community’s credibility to a man who would undermine the United States’ most prominent science agency. And we cannot stand by while Nye uses his public persona as a science entertainer to support an administration that is expressly xenophobic, homophobic, misogynistic, racist, ableist, and anti-science.
Scientists are people, and in today’s society, it is impossible to separate science at major agencies like NASA from other pressing issues like racism, bigotry, and misogyny. Addressing these issues should be a priority, not only to strengthen our own scientific community, but to better serve the public that often funds our work.
In other words, politics should come before science according to these ladies. Because Nye is putting science first, and not identity politics, climate science, or other political agendas, he should be denounced as an offender in the same vein as Trump.
The rest of the letter reads as any feminist diatribe would. Women self-victimization, harping on white men, and some shots at Christianity.
I’m actually going to take a stand here and defend Nye. Any of my readers know first hand that I’m no fan of his. I think he’s more of a leftist political lackey than an actual promoter of science, and his attitude toward scientific debate is as dismissive and angry as a high school atheist talking about religion.
But the fact that Nye put aside his ridiculous partisan hackery in order to push actual scientific exploration and discovery should be commended. It’s one of the first real scientific things he’s done in a long, long time.
These feminist scientists don’t seem very scientific to me if they’re willing to halt scientific advancement and discovery just because the guy Nye is hanging out with has an R next to his name, and may have some arguments against their beliefs. Science isn’t personal, but the ladies are making everything personal, and that’s not very scientific.
And that can be easily explained. It seems “500 women scientists” isn’t actually 500 women scientists, it’s actually a social justice activist group.
I’m going to say something I haven’t said in years.
Well done, Nye. Don’t listen to those haters.