As the left has evolved on the fundamental issue of gender, so too has onetime TV star Bill Nye.
The so-called “Science Guy” recently launched a Netflix series called “Bill Nye Changes the World.” In one episode, he pushes the idea that gender is a spectrum and not merely a matter of male or female. Nye claims the gender binary is “more like a kaleidoscope” and “what makes someone male or female isn’t so clear cut.”
However, Nye was singing a different tune back in 1996. In an episode of “Bill Nye the Science Guy” that year, he promoted the scientifically accurate idea that chromosomes determine a person’s gender – and there are only two options.
In the clip, a young woman explains: “I’m a girl. Could have just as easily been a boy, though, because the probability of becoming a girl is always one in two. See, inside each of our cells are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl. See, there are only two possibilities: XX, a girl, or XY, a boy.”
But those comments now appear to be too controversial to remain in the public eye. In the version of that 1996 episode uploaded to Netflix, the segment about chromosomes has been cut out entirely.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, a Netflix spokesman claimed Netflix did not edit the episode; rather, it was delivered to them that way by Buena Vista TV. It is not clear who made the edit or when it occurred.
David Kupelian, WND’s vice president and managing editor, says it was wise of the left to get “Bill Nye the Science Guy” to endorse their view of gender and sexuality.
“In my book ‘The Marketing of Evil’ I document how sexual anarchy and self-destructive beliefs and behaviors have been perfumed, gift-wrapped and sold to unsuspecting Americans as though they were enlightened and wonderful,” Kupelian said. “One key persuasion technique – used throughout the advertising and marketing world – is the celebrity endorsement. Get a superstar basketball player to endorse your sneakers and millions of people will buy them.
“In the world of politics and culture, nowhere is this technique used more often or more effectively than by those on the progressive left to sell their irrational, body-and-soul-destroying sexual agenda. For example, the LGBT movement has long claimed that famous historical figures – Socrates, Eleanor Roosevelt, Tchaikovsky, Bessie Smith, Alexander the Great, Alexander Hamilton, Leonardo da Vinci, Walt Whitman – were homosexual or bisexual. Although those making these claims know they are unproven at best and often baseless, that doesn’t stop them from using the tactic.”
Kupelian noted millions of Americans grew up watching Nye on TV, considering him a trustworthy and entertaining science teacher.
“Except that Bill Nye’s fidelity to genuine science has been displaced by his obsession with progressive causes, however grossly unscientific and frankly insane they may be,” Kupelian warned. “Even though he is turning his back on the most foundational high-school biology – that chromosomes determine gender – he is still exploiting his reputation as America’s beloved TV ‘science guy’ to persuade viewers that up is down, black is white, and boy is girl.”
Michael Brown, a nationally syndicated talk-radio host and president of FIRE School of Ministry, thinks it’s unhealthy and confusing to teach children that gender is a spectrum.
“Just because a tiny percentage of children struggle with gender identity doesn’t mean we confuse the rest,” he told WND.
Brown, who has authored more than 25 books, including “Outlasting the Gay Revolution,” said it is both helpful and unhelpful for the progressive left to have Nye pushing its views on gender.
“On the one hand, Nye brings alleged science to back his position,” Brown remarked. “On the other hand, he has become a laughingstock with some of his recent shows and so might actually do more harm than good for his cause.”
Brown pointed to a musical performance by actress-singer Rachel Bloom on a recent episode of “Bill Nye Saves the World.” Bloom rapped about her “sex junk” while insisting “sexuality’s a spectrum” and declaring: “Sex how you want. It’s your g—d—m right.”
When she finished her vulgar performance, Nye strode to the middle of the stage and proclaimed: “That’s exactly the right message, Rachel. Nice Job.”
Brown lamented that Nye is now using science in the service of perversion.
“If he has been taken seriously up to now, he should be no longer,” Brown said. “His radical ideology is perverting his judgment.”