Conservatives say Nye is a political pawn. While he says his show is aimed at pushing back against anti-science rhetoric, it actually pushes a liberal political agenda. Conservatives say Nye's views on climate, sexuality and gender are not backed by science and are instead grounded in leftist politics.
But it’s episode nine of Shill Nye the Sellout Guy Bill Nye the Science Guy’s where the former kid’s TV hero really crosses the line from science to political quackery. This is the episode where Bill Nye jumps off the deep end into the leftist view on gender, an empirically bankrupt position only defended by postmodernists and social theorists. (In other words, college educators and their dogmatic student followers).
Leaving the politics aside, Nye's show is cringeworthy and at times painful to watch. Maddie Stone at Gizmodo says Nye's show talks down to people like they're children. If someone who agrees with Nye feels this way, how is it going to convince anyone who disagrees with him?
Let me be clear. I believe climate change is real and human-caused, I believe that vaccines work, and I believe that most alternative medicine is a load of malarkey. Like Nye, I’m outraged to see anti-science beliefs promulgated at the highest levels of our government. Nye and I are on the same team—and yet I still felt like I was being talked down to throughout his show. How will the average viewer feel?
Others say it's hilarious that conservatives are freaking out about Nye's segments on sexuality, gender and climate. That's probably a sign that he's on the right path. Julia Alexander at Polygon argues Nye knows what he's doing. He built his fame on his weird, awkward humor. He's doing that again, but for a broader audience this time. It's unfair to criticize Nye for failing to remake his TV show from the '90s.
Except that everything Nye is being criticized for isn’t really new — and it’s why he developed an audience to begin in. But as the haze of nostalgia disappears, it can be hard to remember that Nye was always the goofy, dad-like figure in the science community.
Nye has said before he’s using his new Netflix series to inform people about changes in the world and how science affects our daily lives. It shouldn’t be too surprising that he’s going to advocate for climate change, a subject he’s passionate about, when given an audience of millions.