roscoe, (edited )

I really like NDT overall, but as I was reading the title I was almost certain what community this was in, but not 100%. He has his flaws. Like a lot of people on social media, he needs to learn when not to engage.


You smell non-oniony, sir.
Daggit, where’s your onion smell…!?


I just ate an onion and liverwurst sandwich, what more do you want from me?


you’re the best, Roscoe ^^


I like NdGT and I don’t care what anyone thinks.


Theists ITT: “Ummm… It’s because he’s such a jerk, that’s why!”


Twitter didn’t exist in Carl Sagan’s time, and he was just as critical of science fiction in movies.


I’ll be sure to forward that video to Hopefully they’ll tease the ghost of Carl Sagan equally to settle any concerns of unfair treatment.


The Hard Times is a very real punk news site that you should not question. Just absorb the information as truth and move on. The historic satire site was founded in December 1976. It’s made by a group of punk and hardcore kids from all the different sub-genres of the DIY hardcore scene. Any resemblance to actual persons or band names is coincidental.


Man I haven’t seen the Hard Times since I killed Facebook. I need to look them up again!


Satire, for those who didn’t catch on.


We’re on theonion. Of course it’s satire.


My bad. I was letting myself be distracted.


The issue is that NDT is an asshole, a pompous one at that.

Noone is eating the onion, everyone is just getting angry at the douche.


I didn’t know that he’s that way. I thought it was part of the satire.


No, nowadays satire is almost a prediction for the reality.

I mean he would literally do this given the chance.

Seraph avatar

For a joke y'all got super serious about this.


Many people hate onions in their tuna salad.


People love to bandwagon hate. But honestly I gotta give credit to this one, it almost feels like something that could happen lol.


Because it’s the normal way for that conversation to go?


Nothing’s really “normal” for Neil Tyson


Ate the onion lol


Nah, it’s just cuz Tysons an asshole. It’s good to remind people of that. No one’s taking the gag seriously.

TacoButtPlug, avatar

Right? Do people not know?


lol skill issue yuno live? gg ez


Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Its not just me right? This guy is insufferable. Like he got to take Carl Sagan’s seat but he has none of the humility that comes from the sense of awe that Sagan was able to inspire through his understanding of the universe.

HootinNHollerin, (edited )

He really doesn’t even come close to filling Sagan’s shoes and we should find someone who can.


I was going to say Brian Cox but O’Dowd isn’t a bad choice.


He honestly makes me less interested in science, he makes me feel that knowing too much stuff can make you dumber but he doesn’t even know that much he just talks like he does.

bquintb, avatar

Extremely insufferable… I stay far away from people like NDT in real life.



I don’t get why it’s so popular to hate on him.


Lemmy/redditors hate the smell of their own brand.


That one stung friend…


Stop for a second and really think about it.

Why would so many people hate a progressive scientifically minded black man on the internet?

Plenty of people act high and mighty on Twitter, plenty of public speakers charge for their appearances, it’s ridiculous how NGT gets singled out for it so much.


Revisit the thread and scroll down to find that picture of his tweets. People like to pile on other shit that bothers them but realistically, NDT is kind of a blowhard and a bit weird. His ackshewalley attitude doesn’t help either.

I’ve said it before, I found his conversation with god podcast episode to be in poor taste - sort of smarmy and condescending, and this is coming from an atheist. I’m sure there are plenty of racists that hate him for his skin color but not everyone has such easily dismissable reasons.

naevaTheRat, avatar

You misunderstand what the poster means. It’s not people foaming at the mouth at seeing a black guy be successful, it’s people applying harsher judgement than is warranted to someone because on some level they’re perceived as an outsider.

Just think of how many smarmy, condescending famous people exist and how few have the same level of criticism leveled against them.

As far as crappy famous people go he shouldn’t even register, he’s not indicated in corruption, child sexual abuse, spouse beating, slavery, wanton consumerism etc. People single this guy out so unreasonably because he’s not perfect at his job.


Nah. When he first became popular he presented himself as the new Carl Sagan. The one who would continue his legacy. Those are big shoes to fill and he did not live up to it because the fame got to his head. He’s getting the appropriate amount of hate as far as I’m concerned.

To my knowledge he’s not getting death threats and people aren’t trying to get him fired or put behind bars. People want him to cut the weird shit out and be a better science communicator. You don’t have to do illegal or immoral things for the public to dislike you.

For example, to my knowledge, Brian Cox seems to be a perfectly normal guy and a good science communicator and people still say that he gives off a weird vibe. Literally people don’t like him because of a vibe.

naevaTheRat, avatar

In terms of their work output and clarity of explanations could you highlight some cases where NDT is deficient when compared to Brian Cox? They seem very similar to me, possibly I would say Cox is a bit worse at explaining the technical side of things. They seem similarly pleased with their own appearance on camera too. Cox is a little more moderate with his religious stuff, and much less outspoken politically but it’s not clear to me either of those are necessarily virtuous.


I’m not arguing that he is, so I won’t be doing that. I didn’t say Brian Cox was a better science communicator, only less of a cringelord.


Cox is a little more moderate with his religious stuff, and much less outspoken politically but it’s not clear to me either of those are necessarily virtuous.

Those things definitely matter to me and to other people. There are ways to broach those subjects that don’t paint you in a bad light - for example only when prompted or in the rarest occasion.

naevaTheRat, avatar

Ah, an enlightened centrist


Lol. Lmao, even.

naevaTheRat, avatar

Yup. There’s some backlash against new atheism but ngt’s high crimes are sometimes being a bit awkward or pedantic and others like Richard Dawkins opine about how eugenics is unfairly maligned and Muslims are evil.

The degree of criticism and the bitch eating-crackers-tone of it all defs has a racial component.

He’s fine, he’s a famous rich dude. They’re all a bit annoying sometimes because power makes you weird but he doesn’t really hurt people, spew malice, or agitate for horrendous politics. He makes silly tweets about movie logic and explains cosmology to people.


I think it mostly has to do with how dominant he has become in social media algorithms. Once he is in your feeds he doesn’t go away and he is everywhere. While most other Twitter twats are only on twitter.

But I think you still have a point. And again, I think the social media algorithm has a lot to do with it. His interview with Joe Rogan make him part of the rabbit hole that leads to all these right wing nutheads. I always try hard to get rid of Joe Rogan, Piers Morgan, and Jordan Peterson from my feeds. But whenever NGT pops up it only takes a while for them to reappear as well.

Which makes me believe he will appear in the feeds of people who do like this right wing content. And they probably will judge him harsher for being black.


Its not a matter of popularity but a matter of how he conducts himself.

Here are about 20 examples:…/neil-degrasse-tysons-tweets-are-so-bad…


not reading it because I don’t give a fuck about Twitter. show me something real he’s done wrong


The discussion is around him being an insufferable overly pedantic know it all, who often enough,just gets it wrong.


I’ve loved worse


You can do much worse than NDT. His heart is very much in the right place.


All of those tweets just seem … Not worth reading? Like it’s either his opinion (feel free to share, whatever) or a fact, but not a very enlightening one. Just block him and move on.

I have a special dislike for mass audience “science” stuff but I recognize that people like it and just ignore it when I see it.

UsernameHere, (edited )

The writer of that article seems over the top angry about NDT’s tweets. Enough so that he titles the article “Neil Degrasse Tyson Shut The Fuck Up”.

Maybe its justified though, let’s look at some examples:

-NDT tweeted that “Marriage Story” should’ve been called “Divorce Story”.

-NDT tweeted chunks of asteroid in the movie Armageddon conveniently hit all the major cities of earth.

-NDT tweeted that the aliens in the movie Arrival would’ve had to write backwards to communicate.

…Seriously this doesn’t explain the hate for him. It just makes the writer seem like he has a chip on his shoulder.


I mean those all seem like pretty decent examples of some one being a pedantic, pompous, “trying to constantly appear smart”, tool-bag.


I disagree. I’ve had many times where people call out plot holes in movies just because they stand out to them. Not because they are trying to appear smart.

It happens a lot on the Star Wars and Star Trek communities here on lemmy but I don’t see it getting the same reaction.


None of which unusual on Twitter from celebrities.

Why does he get chewed out for it specifically?


You seem defensive.

preach224, (edited )

it’s cinema sins but with the “he’s an astrophysicist so he must know what he’s talking about”

when an otherwise smart guy spends his time nitpicking…movies?…he comes across as the friend you wouldn’t want to go to the movies with, no?

you can argue that the hate might be “over the top” (and i tend to agree), but that mfer comes across as straight insufferable - in that if i had a choice i wouldn’t want to be around him - so i can empathise.

edit: i’m sure there’s more, but i’m struggling to come up with any other scientist who spends their time saying “haha that ben affleck movie about oil drillers isn’t scientifically accurate!?!?” instead of, you know, positively impacting/selling their field of study.


There are a lot of people I wouldn’t want to go to the movies with. But I wouldn’t write an article about each of them telling them to shut the fuck up.

That reaction just doesn’t make sense to me.

snooggums, (edited ) avatar

Becsuse the way he says similar things in interviews influences how we read the words in his tweets. They don’t sound like someone being funny and clever, they sound like someone being smug and pompous.

I used to enjoy his “but awkshully” take ok things, but sfter a while it seems like his popularity went to his head and now it comes across as mean. It would probably help if he was a littke self depricating once in a while.


You’re spending your time nitpicking a guy who nitpicks movies. He’s allowed to have a life outside of astrophysics

deweydecibel, (edited )

Comparing it to cinemasins is ridiculous. Cinemasins just straight makes shit up, doesn’t pay attention, is deliberately obtuse, and nitpicks to stretch out video run times. They do it for ad revenue.

NDT’s tweets may annoy some people but they’re still at least helping to educate. He’s using movies as an opportunity to inject some scientific facts into the space. He could be doing it smarter and less obnoxiously, but it’s still just him doing his job. It doesn’t make him deserving of anywhere near as much contempt as he gets on the Internet.

And again, he is not the only celebrity that acts pompous and makes incorrect assertions on Twitter. Yet this is all anyone talks about when it comes to him.


I can’t speak for anyone else, but for me it’s the way I viewed him with hope and admiration, then later discovered he’s just yet one more self-obsessed asshole media personality. It’s rare anymore that I switch off the cynicism the world has beaten into me and allow myself to just assume the best about some media figure. And doing so leaves one vulnerable - finding out later that this was naive and foolish really hardens that cynicism. This stings in a way that just assuming he was a piece of shit from the start doesn’t.


To me he just sounds like a character from that show Big Bang Theory. I think he may come off wrong sometimes when he is trying to bring science into the discussion but everyone has bad days. I don’t think Carl Sagan would’ve held it against him.


That’s fair, it’s not my interpretation though. It’s been a while and I don’t remember the specifics well by now, but I definitely came away feeling like he was an egocentric asshole just in it for the attention. To be fair, a far more interesting and useful egocentric asshole than most! But I ended up not liking him…as in, I don’t just have some complaints about unpolished moments, I would actually choose not to hang out with him if given the chance. And I came to that opinion after starting off absolutely smitten with the guy.


As someone whose content specialization is Astronomy, I’ve always disliked Dr. Tyson as a public figure. I’ve always found him to be pretty pompous and patronizing with his explanations and descriptions. As you mention, he’s filling large shoes and lacks the the humility to handle it.

Th4tGuyII avatar

I know right. NDT may be passionate about science, but the guy is way too far up his own backside to do what Sagan did... Narcissists aren't inspiring to anyone but other narcissists, to the rest of they're insufferable.


He just seems like a pompous asshole. The stories about his lectures and how much he charges don't help at all.


100%. That’s the perfect way of putting it too. Sagan seemed super humble and had a genuine state of wonder with with universe. NDT seems like an insufferable know it all douche who just likes publicity. Being a know it all seems antithetical to science.


Yeah! It’s kinda the point of science to learn more and figure out more and more how little you know. You’re supposed to inspire people to learn the sciences. Not railroad them into believing scientists are all like this.

Kolanaki, avatar

I don’t mind him on actual science shows and stuff he does there; but his online persona is just that of an insufferable, annoying, know-it-all Redditor. He wasn’t a douche like that the times I remember seeing him on Nova and other such programs. Only through his tweets and other social media interactions.


I try not to downplay the importance of science communication but NDT is an ass


He’s pompous af and like, regularly wrong. Which its like, bro you can carry the arrogance, but you have to be %100 all the time or you need to drop it.


He sees himself as a contrarian before anything else I think and never misses an opportunity to flount it




Flout + flaunt = flount!


Ah, 😄 TIL about flout!


lmao i didnt even notice I did this

pancakes, avatar



I feel bad for Chuck, his co host on his podcast. He never misses an opportunity to remind him that he’s an “outsider” that’s only there for comic relief.


I’ve never listened to the podcast but this seems so on brand for him.

Science isn’t a religion or cult. Its a process and literally just thinking and becoming informed allows you to be a part of that process. It doesn’t need gatekeepers.

Kalkaline, avatar

You have to be able to accept evidence when it shows itself, at least until better evidence shows itself.


Chuck is in on it, he’s fine. He knows and plays into it. But he’s definitely not dumb. He can follow along with what Neil says just fine, even advanced topics that I can’t follow as someone very interested in science. I know he can because he rephrases what Neil says in his own words and Neil would go “Exactly!” or something to that effect.

The comic relief act is just that, an act, for comic relief, and it’s funny because it’s working in a meta type way.

Norgur, avatar

Besides, it's that (rather annoying in my eyes) setup of the "outsider" who pretends to know nothing and the expert, where the "outsider" does this sort of interview and injects questions on behalf of the audience. Never liked that format because the questions tend to be super basic and obvious more often than not and feel orchestrated at times, but that's what the podcast does. Many true crime podcasts do this as well.


This is exactly why I don’t like Star Talk and absolutely enjoy watching PBS Spacetime.


Everyone will listen to what they want. In its defense, this format might be pushed by outside forces, I don’t really know. And in my very personal opinion, I think Neil and Chuck banter a lot and have a lot of fun and joke around with each other and laugh together. So for me, personally, I imagine that they respect each other for what and who they are and that they are having a great time doing this thing together. That’s what makes it enjoyable for me. Not because of the science facts, specifically. Though that’s a big bonus.

snooggums, avatar

It lets the host have somebody they are clearly “smarter” than to gain the trust of the audience. It doesn’t even serve the purpose of the audience insert like in a movie, because explaining things doesn’t require that if you aren’t trying to get immersed in the rules of a fictional world.

Carl Sagan didn’t need someone to pretend to be a fool to explain things.


Carl Sagan didn’t need someone to pretend to be a fool to explain things.

That he did not. But I imagine it would take more of a predisposition to the subject to view Carl’s stuff, than Neil. Neil is taking the science to everyone. And in order to do that, you have to have a bit of arrogance (look at why Trump is so popular) and a bit of pizzazz. It’s gotta cater to a lot more people.

snooggums, avatar

Sagan took the science to everyone just fine.


Okay. Btw did you down vote my comment as you made this comment? Just curious.

snooggums, avatar

Your statement:

Neil is taking the science to everyone. And in order to do that, you have to have a bit of arrogance (look at why Trump is so popular) and a bit of pizzazz.

Doesn’t contribute to the conversation becsuse we were just talking about Sagan who did not need to be arrogant to bring science to everyone. Nor did you need to bring Trump into this thread when he has no relevance in any way to the conversation.


Well holy shit, excuse me for being tangential. I shall excuse myself from this narrow conversation to which you may bring no simile. I don’t wish to communicate with you again due to fear of breaching the subject. Thank you.


snooggums, avatar

Don’t ask questions if you don’t want to hear the answer.


I wanted to hear the answer, don’t worry.

What I’m saying, in case you don’t speak sarcasm, is that the statement I made touches on the subject tangentially, and is not completely off-topic. You are being extremely petty and it’s incredibly unbecoming.

Please don’t talk to me anymore, thank you for respecting my wishes.

snooggums, (edited ) avatar

It was one downvote, get over youreelf.

There’s a block feature if you don’t want someeone to respond to you.


Good. I like Chuck, lol


He’s very personable 🥰 Seems like a real chum!


Just making sure you know the sub you’re in. But also, I get the impression you’re right regardless.

NOT_RICK, avatar



Did you know that if you kiss a mirror, it’ll be on the lips?

NOT_RICK, avatar

Interesting. Do you have any suggestions on how I can empower my narcissism?


Just keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll be fine.

Kalkaline, avatar

You gotta be faster than the speed of light, then you can kiss yourself on the cheek in the mirror.


That would be a trick and a half.


Reposting content eh? Like we do here on lemmy? Unacceptable.


That’s obviously OC so what are you talking about?

Th4tGuyII avatar

He's doing his best to give tips to the other narcissists out there - after all he learned from the best, himself


“How can mirrors be real if our eyes aren’t real?”


imagine saying something 5 times in 10 years lmao what a piece of shit /s


I’m sure glad you put the sarcasm mark in there or I’d be really upset.


unfortunately ya gotta nowdays 😭

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