Remember when Bill Nye was an inoffensive childrens’ actor? Now it seems he is the arbiter of what is Sciencetm.
In the original episode [of Bill Nye the Science Guy], 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.”
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.
I’m pretty sure he got it more nearly right the first time, but what do I know? I’m just an old mechanic. Bill Nye has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, in the course of acquiring which I’m sure he learned loads about genetics and social constructs and shit like that.
What he seems to have forgotten after all these years, though, is that he’s not actually a scientist. He never even played one on TV very convincingly.