Yes, it’s true.
Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ is not really a scientist himself. He has an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering.
It seems his posing as a scientist has frustrated a lot of REAL scientists.
After all, they did put in the hard work to become professionals in their field.
What’s brilliant about this is that the professionals have taken this fight public by creating the hashtag #BillMeetScienceTwitter.
LMAO! Yes, they went there.
Thousands of people are using this hashtag to let Nye know a) they’re annoyed with him and b) here is a real expert on topics Bill knows nothing about.
Forbes became privy of Nye’s epic twitter troll and started digging to find out where it came from.
The originator of the hashtag was Dani Rabaiotti, who studies the effect of climate change on African wild dogs at University College London, and apparently “wrote a book on animal farts.” Here is her original tweet introducing herself to Nye:
@EntoLudwick @drmikeographer @biotweeps Hi @BillNye I'm Dani and I study the effect of climate change on African wild dogs, and wrote a book on animal farts #BillMeetScienceTwitter pic.twitter.com/X3CMB60b3f
— Dani Rabaiotti (@DaniRabaiotti) May 19, 2017
Forbes reports: Rabaiotti says the new hashtag was born during a discussion she had on Twitter with New Zealand-based marine biologist Melissa Marquez and Missouri-based entomologist Dalton Ludwick.
The emotion behind their new social media blitz is something scientists have been quietly grumbling about for a while, Rabaiotti says:
Why can’t the “dude in a lab coat” on T.V. share his spotlight with a more real-life, diverse swath of science experts?
Rabaiotti explained the issue with Nye the fake science guy is that he’s presenting himself as the expert voice of EVERY scientific topic he presents, instead of deferring to true authorities in the field.
“In science what you do is say, ‘oh, that’s not my area of expertise, but here is someone who knows the answer,'” said Rabaiotti.
“In an ideal world, Bill Nye will see it and say, ‘wow, look at all these awesome scientists,'” said Rabaiotti. “But even if that doesn’t happen, there’s been a lot of engagement with the thread.”
— Laura Skates (@floraskates) May 20, 2017
— Amanda L. Glaze (@EvoPhD) May 19, 2017
— Anne A Madden, Ph.D. (@AnneAMadden) May 19, 2017
The Verge had more details on the origins of the twitter trolling: The Twitter campaign was born out of frustration. It started when Melissa Marquez, a marine biologist, tweeted from a collective Twitter account hosted by a new scientist every week, called @biotweeps.
Bill Nye + Neil deGrasse Tyson = scientists w BIG following… but do they really engage with public or do they just preach?
— Biotweeps – Seth (@biotweeps) May 18, 2017
The question kicked off a conversation about whether these science celebrities could do more to acknowledge the limits of their expertise, or use their enviable platforms to incorporate the diverse voices of experts in the field.
On Friday Forbes reported that “more than 3,400 tweets and introductions” from real scientists occurred, with the hope that Nye would actually defer to them the next time he talks about science; which is probably unlikely.
Nye’s reply to all of this?
I see you, Science Twitter. You are the aerodynamic laminar flow beneath my wings. #BIllMeetScienceTwitter
— Bill Nye (@BillNye) May 20, 2017
“I see you, Science Twitter. You are the aerodynamic laminar flow beneath my wings. #BIllMeetScienceTwitter.”
What do you think will happen to Nye and his show?
Are you hoping it gets canceled?