There was a time when I was a big fan of Bill Nye’s. That was long before he became an authoritarian, supercilious fraud. Bill Nye is just another leftist celebrity promoting a leftist agenda. People need to stop looking to him as if he were an authority on…well…anything.
Although he is not a scientist, Nye seldom if ever reminds the people that he’s speaking to that he is only a former engineer who decades ago jumped careers into entertainment. He parlayed a regional sketch comedy television gig into a successful children’s television show. He used that to gain access to real scientists and allows people to assume based on his proximity that he is one himself.
In the early 1990s, Nye was a cast member on Almost Live, a local sketch comedy show that aired right before Saturday Night Live on a Seattle NBC affiliate. The “Bill Nye the Science Guy” character began—or at least appeared regularly—on Almost Live.
Years later, after the Bill Nye the Science Guy television show had become a nationwide hit I was at a symposium on space exploration in Washington, D.C. Nye participated on a panel about science education with Don Herbert (aka Mr. Wizard). I got to meet Nye briefly afterward, but looking at what he has become, I actually regret being as excited as I was about the opportunity. At the time though I liked what he was doing on his show. Having an engineering degree myself, I loved seeing someone get kids interested in STEM subjects.
The fame ultimately went to his head. Now he is just one of many celebrities who believe that by virtue of being famous, they are also authoritative.
His delusion is made worse because to an army of millennials he is a cult hero who introduced them to science while they slurped overly sugared cereal in their pajamas. They’re the same people who think the clownish Neil DeGrasse Tyson is the second coming of Galileo.
Nye has actually surpassed Tyson in the area of being an annoyingly condescending douche. That in itself is no small achievement. Lately, Nye is gunning for Chelsea Clinton’s spot in that hierarchy. Among climate jihadis, he probably now outranks Al Gore.
His megalomania is evident even in the titles of his recent projects. He published a book in 2015 titled Unstoppable which naturally was well received by loony left Salon.com.
As only Bill Nye can, he uses the book to explain the science behind climate change, debunks popular myths, and asks readers to take action in their own lives to create a sustainable future. The book is shot through with optimism, but Nye has no illusions about what lies ahead. The message is simple: Climate change is real; humans are causing it; and we have no choice but to build a better and cleaner world.
As only Bill Nye (the actor/comedian with a B.S. in mechanical engineering) can… Salon referred to Nye as a scientist in their puff piece in 2015, but apparently Bill hasn’t had time to correct them. He told Salon what his goals were back then.
My goal is to change the world! Really, that’s what I’m trying to do. Obviously, this book isn’t going to change the world, but it is part of the bigger idea that we all have to think optimistically about this. We’ve got to go into this knowing we have a hard challenge but that we’re going to win this fight, and we’re going to save the earth for humanity.
As I like to say, you’re a human being no matter what you do. So we have to save the earth for us. Things are going to change; there’s going to be upheaval, but we have to deal with it as best we can. And that means getting to work!
Uh huh. Nye is talented as a sugarcoated propagandist. It’s easy to imagine him in another place and time printing posters depicting happy people laboring for the motherland to the chagrin of top hat wearing capitalists.
How do you respond to the recalcitrant skeptics, the ones who say, “OK, I acknowledge that the earth is heating up, and I understand why that’s a bad thing. However, we don’t really know what’s causing that. And we don’t really know to what degree humans are responsible.”
Yes, we do! It’s human activity. It’s the burning of fossil fuels and the release of methane, a natural gas mostly from agriculture, but to a lesser extent from leakage, so-called fugitive gas from an oil field. But these are solvable problems.
And the science is clear on that, right?
Absolutely. We know exactly why the climate is changing — it’s human activity!
Trust him. He worked for Boeing for a few years before becoming a TV star. He’s even qualified to tell television networks what opinions they should allow to be expressed.
“I will say, much as I love CNN, you’re doing a disservice by having one climate change skeptic, and not 97 or 98 scientists or engineers concerned about climate change,” Nye said during an appearance on CNN’s “New Day.”
Without a hint of irony he later said this.
“If you suppress science, if you pretend that climate change isn’t a real problem, you will fall behind other countries that do invest in science – that do invest in basic research,” Nye said.
Allowing skeptics to speak is “suppressing” science but CNN is duty bound to “suppress” skeptics who disagree with him. The totalitarian impulse in Bill is strong.
Nye makes ham handed attempts to speak to people where they are—while proving that he’s not especially bright. He tries to sell his climate change agenda by citing the Constitution and fails badly. The Daily Caller reported on this.
“And it is interesting to note, I think, that Article 1 Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution refers to the progress of science and the useful arts,” Nye said.
“Useful arts in 18th Century usage would be what we call engineering or city planning or architecture,” Nye said.
He made similar statements to Vox, where I assume they needed a mop to soak up the fanboy drool. Unsurprisingly nobody Voxplained why he was horribly wrong. Article 1 Section 8 isn’t about federally funded science projects.
It reads: “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
The Copyright Clause has nothing to do with government-funded science, but everything to do with establishing a legal framework to protect intellectual property rights.
It’s difficult to believe that he only read half the Copyright Clause, so he’s either just parroting something an underling wrote up for him or he’s being deliberately deceptive.
Now he’s gone from being “unstoppable” to literally saving (not just changing) the world, at least according to his new Netflix series which is literally called Bill Nye Saves the World.
The first step in saving the world is apparently promoting the current unscientific fad of inventing new genders and modes of sexuality.
(Language warning. NSFW.)
Bill Nye says this performance sends “exactly the right message.” (By the way, this show is only rated TV-14 for you parents of young teenagers.) The promising thing is that the ratings on YouTube for this clip are overwhelmingly negative as was also reported at The Daily Caller.
Actually, even some outlets that you might expect to be totally in the tank for Bill Nye aren’t exactly giving the show rave reviews. Gizmodo is part of the Gawker family of sites, which means they may write about non-political things, but if politics comes into the story, you can usually count on it coming in from stage left if you know what I mean and I think you do.
But here’s how Gizmodo introduced Bill Nye Saves the World:
If you’re skeptical about human-caused climate change or the safety of vaccines, would being berated in front of a live studio audience by a bombastic old man make you change your mind? Then congratulations, Bill Nye’s new Netflix show, Bill Nye Saves The World, is literally just for you!
Wait…where’d you go, bud?
I was excited when I heard that a new science show for adults was hitting Netflix, especially one starring ‘90s-kid nerd hero Bill Nye. But either the science guy’s jokes haven’t aged well or his schtick—a zany dad-figure in a lab coat stirring beakers full of colored liquids—doesn’t quite work when he’s bellowing, red-faced, about the dangers of climate change denial, alternative medicine, and the anti-vaxxer movement. While seemingly aimed at the average layman who holds some science-skeptical views, Nye’s new show delivers so little information in such a patronizing tone it’s hard to imagine a toddler, let alone a sentient adult, enjoying it.
Hopefully no one is letting their toddler watch Bill Nye grooving to Rachel Bloom singing about her sex junk, but point taken.
This, unfortunately, is quintessential of the show—a small amount of information packaged to promote a cartoon-caricature understanding of a complex science issue, slanted to the POV of an unabashedly political science comedian.
And there is why the left treats Bill Nye like an expert. That is exactly how the left packages virtually every issue for people. It’s why no one can disagree with leftists without being accused of hate. Nye does the same thing but he specializes in accusing people of being anti-science which is just a specific kind of hate.
Look, I know you may have fond memories of a funny guy on television showing you how to make baking soda rockets or do cool tricks using dry ice. It may well have inspired you to enter a scientific or technical career. That’s great, but you need to know that Bill Nye the Science Guy is a fictional television character. The guy who invented the character is just another political talking head with an agenda.
The real Bill Nye is to science what Bernie Sanders is to economics. He is no more an expert on climate change than Jenny McCarthy is on vaccines.
I don’t believe Bill Nye should be silenced or prevented from expressing his opinions. He probably wouldn’t say the same for me since I’m skeptical about his dogmatic pronouncements about the cause of climate change. What I believe is that people should be fully informed about the credentials, qualifications, and backgrounds of people the media presents to us as experts.
Treating Bill Nye as if he is a real life “science guy” confers upon him an authority and a perceived objectivity that he has not earned and Nye himself is abusing the trust of people who confuse him with an actual scientist.