‘Bill Nye Saves the World’ — Ignorant, Pathetic, Disgusting
Just when we at The Stream thought we’d said what needed saying about last week’s March for Science — its patently non-scientific political and philosophical biases — along comes something even more outrageous. Bill Nye, honorary co-chair of the March, released his new Netflix program, Bill Nye Saves the World.
I didn’t watch the show. I only know two things about it: its name, and a certain song he featured in it. That’s plenty. It’s enough to persuade me to cancel my Netflix subscription, which I have just done. I urge you to do the same.
The name of his show is bad enough. Maybe we’re supposed to take it tongue-in-cheek, with a sense of humor, since it’s so over the top. I find that hard to do, however, for two reasons.
One, Nye has become the face of a movement that actually believes science will save the world. It thinks that all of our important problems are scientific problems, and all that’s standing in the way of solving them is that the world doesn’t pay enough attention to the answers science offers. A particularly progressive political brand of science, I might add.
Nye is tiny by comparison. Pathetically so.
That was the message of the March for Science. I don’t know whether it’s more ignorant or more disgusting. It’s ignorant for ignoring the plain fact that we’ve got spiritual, moral, ethical and political problems that science doesn’t have tools to analyze, much less solve. They’re just not scientific problems. It’s disgusting for the pride it displays: “Just listen to Daddy Science, kids, and everything will be all right.”
Two, Nye is an outspoken atheist. It’s impossible to ignore the swipe he’s taking at Jesus Christ, whom God actually did send to save the world.
Now let’s keep this in context: If his “Save the World” shtick weren’t so out of touch with reality it would be laughable. Jesus Christ towers over all of human history for his teachings, his wisdom, his love and his influence, not to mention his supernatural power and his resurrection from the dead. Nye is tiny by comparison. Pathetically so.
I don’t even want to think about how God Almighty views this kind of thing. Nye will answer to Him for it.
Of course we’re all very small by comparison to Jesus. To invoke that comparison on purpose, though, as Nye has done, makes him look smaller yet. Save the world? Hah! Not a job for any of us, but especially not for one who shrinks himself as small as he has.
Did I say small? I haven’t told you the half of it. There’s also the Rachel Bloom song he featured on the program. I can’t include the video here. It’s too grotesque. I’ll link to a source for it, but don’t go there unless you’re prepared for what you’ll see and hear.
What does Nye think of it, though? He introduces her number with, “So you guys, I feel this next thing is very special. This is a cool little segment. …”
Then Bloom herself intros the song by saying “This one goes out to all my bipeds who identify as la-die-es.” I can safely quote just two lines of her song:
“This world of ours is full of choice
But must I choose between only John or Joyce?”
The next two lines are simply smut. The whole song ends up being that way. When she’s done, Nye tells here, “That’s exactly the right message, Rachel, nice job.”
Apparently Nye thinks science somehow justifies this “choice” — and the way she expresses it — which is another point where he’s become too pathetic to be laughable.
This is how Bill Nye “saves the world.” He’s big on science but he knows nothing — nothing! — about what’s tearing the world apart, or what’s needed to pull it back together again.
My only hope in all this is that Nye might have gone so far over the top this time, that the world will start to wake up. We’ll shake our collective groggy heads and say, “No. No, that can’t be right after all, can it?” We’ll start looking around for something sane for a change.
There’s only one sane answer available, and it’s found in the One who really did come to save the world: Jesus Christ.