Bill Nye “the science guy” can’t seem to stay out of the news lately, which is probably just to his liking. The latest tale may be something of an embarrassment, however. The Washington Free Beacon picked up a story which could have very easily fallen through the cracks, and it deals with a decades old episode of Nye’s former science show which is now available on Netflix. Or perhaps we should say that it’s mostly available on Netflix. One portion of it dealing with some very common sense science in the original version has mysteriously disappeared.
When uploaded to Netflix, an episode of the educational children’s show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” cut out a segment saying that chromosomes determine one’s gender…
But in the version of the episode uploaded to Netflix, the segment has been cut entirely. While noncontroversial at the time, the 1996 segment appears to contradict Netflix’s new series “Bill Nye Saves the World.”
The new show endorses a socially liberal understanding of gender, under which gender is defined by self-identification rather than genetics and there are more than just the two traditional genders.
Here’s the original version and the “offensive” segment which was apparently deemed too nasty to hand over to Netflix audiences. Check it out for yourself since it’s only three minutes long.
In the original episode, titled “Probability,” a young woman told viewers, “I’m a girl. Could have just as easily been a boy, though, because the probability of becoming a girl is always 1 in 2.”
“See, inside each of our cells are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl, ” the young woman continued. “See, there are only two possibilities: XX, a girl, or XY, a boy.”
It’s a shame that Nye decided to cut that out before delivering it to Netflix because it could prove really useful to a lot of young people today. Yes, it’s true that Bill Nye is a “scientist” in much the same way that Olive Garden is an “Italian restaurant” but he managed to nail this one spot on back in the 90s. The young lady they have explaining it uses refrigerator magnets to demonstrate how each parent contributes one chromosome to the child and it’s the father’s contribution which will determine whether your 23rd pair contains a “Y” which makes you a male.
All this story does is further ding up Nye’s reputation as a “science guy.” (Though that process has been going on for a while, particularly since he’s also the Ice Cream Orgy Guy now.) If you have kids who are interested in the subject and insist on taking in Nye’s work, steer them toward the original version of his show when it comes to questions of gender, biology and genetics. He’s turned his back on science now in the interest of pleasing liberal activist groups, but there was a time when he grasped the subject matter perfectly.