Bill Nye is coming to Netflix to ‘save the world’
Bill Nye, the former “science guy,” is coming back to television courtesy of Netflix with a show entitled, with a becoming lack of modesty, “Bill Nye Saves the World.” Wired describes the show as being “anti-anti-science.” It delves into various science issues like GMOs, sex, alternative medicine and, of course, climate change. The trailer suggests that Nye may be performing experiments, interviewing guests, and sending interviewers out to the world to ask people about science.
Nye first became famous in the 1990s as the star of a children’s show called “Bill Nye: The Science Guy.” Nye, who is not a scientist, as his training is engineering, was famous for his bow ties and his goofy, nerdy appearance and mannerisms. He was a favorite among children interested in science as he performed experiments and explained various topics on episodes of his show.
Since his show went off the air, Nye has been a fixture on TV talk shows and has even appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” where he was eliminated early after sustaining an injury. He is currently the president of the Planetary Society, an organization that advocates for space exploration and planetary science. Nye is the author of several books. He has developed a reputation as an outspoken critic of what he regards as unscientific beliefs, including creationism, anti-vaccination, and climate change skepticism. On the last issue, Nye stirred up a firestorm by suggesting that climate change skeptics should face criminal charges and jail time, according to the Washington Times.
Nye has run into another strange controversy concerning his role in the so-called “March for Science,” due to take place on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. The March for Science is supposed to highlight the importance of science in American life. Nye, a well-known media personality, was slated to be the event’s chair and its principal spokesman. Then a controversy arose when some of the organizers of the March objected to Nye because, being a white male, he would perpetuate the stereotype of science being a white-male-dominated profession.
The problem was solved by appointing two women, Mona Hanna-Attisha, a medical doctor who exposed lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, and Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a molecular biologist who developed a new method of masking insulin, as co-chairs, according to the Washington Post. The sudden inclusion of two women sparked controversy with some on social media claiming that it sidetracked the purpose of the March on Science with side issues of diversity.
“Bill Nye Saves the World” release date
“Bill Nye Saves the World” is due to drop on Netflix on April 21, 2017, the day before the Earth Day March for Science.