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12 Times Neil DeGrasse Tyson Sucked All The Fun Out of Science

Elitism has no place in science.

CARLY CASSELLA
5 JAN 2018
 

Neil deGrasse Tyson may be the most-followed scientist on Twitter with over 11 million followers, but far from encouraging and fostering enthusiasm for space science, the astrophysicist is a notorious buzzkill.

 

He has been called "smug," "arrogant" and "elitist" by many of his followers, and several opinion pieces have suggested he does more to stifle scientific wonder and curiosity than promote it.

To be fair, not all of his tweets are guilty of pretension, but the tweets that are are usually those that ridicule the public for accepting common - and often completely harmless - misunderstandings and misnomers.

Expertise in science isn't something to be lorded over the rest of us, nor is it a tool for condescension. Science doesn't progress and it certainly doesn't inspire when people like Neil deGrasse Tyson get caught up in semantics.

Neil deGrasse Tyson loves to sell the message of holding the universe in awe, but he somehow misses that we can create our own awe and inspiration for our lives along the way.

After all, the only thing worse than a mansplainer is a mansplainer with a degree in science.

1. That time he tried to ruin Star Wars for everyone.

And we were all like:

2. So he did the same thing with Game of Thrones.

Um sorry Neil, but a show featuring dragons is not based in reality.

3. That time he willfully misunderstood metaphor.

*Sigh* If only the English language contained a word that somehow conveys an abrupt step forward.

4. And then proposed the exact same idea.

Wait - how does this achieve anything?

5. That time he scoffed at U.S. enthusiasm for space science.

Yeah, you're right. We should be way less pumped about science.

6. And then lashed out at his critics.

It's less what you said and more how you said it, Neil.

7. That time he was a complete party pooper on New Year's Eve.

And his fans were like, "Happy New Year to you, too?"

JUST BECAUSE IT DOESN'T HAVE A UNIVERSAL CONSTANT ATTACHED DOESN'T MEAN IT ISN'T FUN AND INTERESTING TO MARK AN OCCASION, NEIL!

8. And he began to sound like a broken record.

Does anyone wonder if Neil ever gets invited to NYE parties?

9. That time he forgot how rhyming works.

So his followers helped remind him:

10. That time he made the Super Moon feel inferior.

Only the fun-police end a tweet with "just saying," just saying.

11. That time he forgot making wishes on exploding balls of gas never works.

But his critics were way ahead of him.

12. That time he reduced a great American pastime to a string of scientific jargon.

And we were all like, "Thanks?"

We know Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn't celebrate New Year's (because he told us like a thousand times), but his 2018 resolution should be to make science fun again.

Remember: Science is a tool for learning, not a stick with which to beat non-experts with.