Bill Nye (center in bow tie) is everywhere these days, and he’s out to “save the world.” He’s a frequent talking head on CNN, FOX, NBC, PBS, etc., usually on the supposed need for draconian regulation of humanity to stave off imminent global-warming apocalypse. On April 22nd (Earth Day) he led the March for Science in Washington, D.C., an event that drew thousands and inspired hundreds of copycat marches in cities across the country and around the world. And of course, there’s his new, sensational platform, Bill Nye Saves the World, on Netflix.
Nye and Netflix, no doubt, will insist the title of the new series makes use of obvious hyperbole for over-the-top cheeky humor effect, but the episodes released thus far reveal an aging social justice warrior (SJW) and wannabe hipster with a messianic complex who is peddling an authoritarian ideology/religion under a camouflage of pseudoscience.
Bill Nye the Science Guy has transmuted into a screechy, preachy ubiquitous presence who wants to penalize you if you have more than two children, jail you if you disagree with his global-warming catastrophism, and stigmatize you if you don’t adopt his transgender views or embrace his dogmatic religion of evolution. Even many of his liberal-left comrades are expressing concern that Nye’s strident, condescending new persona is annoying and alienating, and suggest that maybe he’s not the ideal candidate to be the public face of the climate-change/environmental movement. Besides noting that he has failed miserably in television debates, many of his allies acknowledge that Saves the World substitutes ideology and pseudo-science for real science, and that the program is replete with cringe-inducing segments that are embarrassing to watch.
“Bill Nye Is Not the Right Guy to Lead the Climate Fight,” declares the title of an April 27 article critiquing the would-be savior in the New Republic. A review at Gizmodo.com entitled “Bill Nye Spends Most of His New Netflix Show Yelling at the Audience” is by Maddie Stone, a fellow climate alarmist who says “Nye and I are on the same team,” but nonetheless finds Nye’s program to be “patronizing,” “excruciating,” ”bombastic,” and “angry.” Even a generally positive review of Bill Nye Saves the World at the leftist-progressive Vox.com admits “his approach could use some refinement,” and dings him for “condescension,” “meanness,” and a “scathing and dismissive tone” taken toward those who disagree with his views. Citing the notoriously off-putting arrogance of atheist/skeptic Richard Dawkins and “the perception that skeptics portray themselves as inherently superior to everyone else,” the piece by Vox’s Aja Romano notes: “This attitude is prevalent on Nye’s show.” Even the show’s comedic segments, Romano says, “often feel superimposed, unfocused, and frankly mean-spirited.”
Nevertheless, at least for now, Bill Nye the pseudoscience guy has been anointed by the establishment media as the celebrity performance artist to lead the charge for “science” in the service of Big Government, social transformation, and global regimentation. Millions of millennials and their parents have fond memories of Bill Nye from watching his eponymous PBS series in the 1990s. Back then, the skinny, geeky “science guy” in his signature bowtie and blue lab coat, with his quirky humor and frenetic enthusiasm, had a certain charm. Now, not so much. But he is savoring his new savior role and exploiting the sentimentality and credulity of his millennial fan base to build and energize a militant political movement.
On April 23, the day after his “March for Science” glory, the Washington Post featured an adulatory piece on Nye, along with a photo of the bow-tied messiah glancing wistfully upward toward the heavens. A ray of light is washing over his visage, obviously a sign of benediction from Gaia for his worthy crusade. “The moment he emerged onstage in a black jacket and red bow tie, the crowd noise hit near-deafening decibels,” the Post reported. “A sea of iPhones appeared, everyone stretching and jostling for the best possible photo angle. They cupped their hands to their mouths, screaming his name. Near the foot of the stage, a young woman with a bright-green pixie cut shouted: ‘I love you!’”
The Post continued:
It was a significant moment — for science, for William Sanford Nye and for the masses who have followed him for decades, from fuzzy TV screens in their middle school classrooms to the grounds of the Washington Monument at Saturday’s March for Science….
He has become more than the zany educator-entertainer who charmed kids with cartoonish sound effects. He is an activist for science, leading those now-grownups into political battle.
Of all the roles he has played, this is the one he was preparing for all along.
• Defame, Jail the Climate “Deniers” — As we reported in 2015, Bill Nye has been one of the most strident and abusive militants demanding that individuals who reject or doubt the apocalyptic warnings of anthropogenic (manmade) global warming (AGW) be labeled as “deniers.” In other words, smear them by equating their views with pro-Nazi Holocaust denial. We noted that in an appearance on the Huffington Post’s TV program he called on the host to stop using the term “skeptic” and use the more hateful term “denier” when referring to climate realists, who merely refuse to join in the climate panic. “We just don’t like to use that word [skepticism],” Nye told host Josh Zepps. “These people are deniers.”
In a November 6, 2015 interview with HuffPo, Nye again hit the theme of tarring opponents with the “denier” label, censoring them, and denying them a place at the “debate” table. “Part of the solution to this problem or this set of problems associated with climate change is getting the deniers out of our discourse,” said Nye. “You know, we can’t have these people — they’re absolutely toxic.” And as we noted, Nye was one of the signers of a letter sent to media organizations in December, 2014 calling on journalists to stigmatize AGW skeptics as “deniers.”
But last year he went even further, indicating that he is willing to entertain the proposals of some of his fellow alarmists who have argued that AGW “deniers” be prosecuted for treason as the equivalent of war criminals. In an exclusive sit-down interview, Climate Depot’s Marc Morano asked Nye if he agrees with enviro-fanatic Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.’s charge that “deniers” should be charged with treason and put in prison. Far from condemning the totalitarian scheme, Nye seemed to think it is a reasonable proposal. “Well, we’ll see what happens,” he responded. Then he added: “Was it appropriate to jail the guys from ENRON? … For me as a taxpayer and voter — the introduction of this extreme doubt about climate change is affecting my quality of life as a public citizen.” So, the scientific response is to just throw the “extreme doubters” in jail!