Friday, August 31, 2012

Boing Boing get hoaxed, reports Bill Nye calling GOP "retards"


It seemed too funny to be true, and it was.

Boing Boing's Jason Weisberger reported that Bill Nye, who has recently issued a video plea to American parents about science education, totally lost his shit.

Here's the copy:
Once again, super science instructor and amazing guy Bill Nye tells it like it is. This morning, on an interview with the Smithsonian Channel, Nye responded to US Congressman Todd Akin's ridiculous statement that a recent video on teaching science over creationism was responsible for Hurricane Issac. 
"Look, these people they're fucking retarded. Rape can't cause pregnancy? Breastmilk cures homosexuality? I caused a hurricane by challenging creationism? Who can possibly take these people seriously anymore?" 
Nye also challenged Akin to a debate. I would absolutely love to be in attendance for this one. 
"So Todd I got an offer for you. You and me. Any time. Any place. Debating science mano- a-mano. I'll bring the facts, and you bring the Vaseline. Because your ass is gonna fucking need it when I'm done whipping."

Yeah, I know. Reads like The Onion. I couldn't believe that such an intelligent and, well, nice man would ever call someone a "retard". And the last quote was completely out there.

But it was on Boing Boing, so I shared it. With a one-word comment: "whoa".

Pretty soon, my brother told me the link was dead. Luckily, Google cached it.

Also deleted, but cached, is the source article from the Daily Currant:

Bill Nye may still be The Science Guy, but he's no longer Mr. Nice Guy.
During a live interview this morning with the Smithsonian Channel, the mild mannered science educator unloaded on U.S. Congressman Todd Akin, calling him "a fucking idiot" for accusing Nye of personally provoking Hurricane Issac.
Last week Nye uploaded a video to Youtube urging parents not to teach their children creationism. At a town hall campaign event yesterday, Akin used the video as an example of immoral behavior driving god to punish America through extreme weather.
Although reporters reached out to Nye for a statement yesterday, his first discussion of the matter came this morning at Smithsonian's Washington D.C. headquarters. 
Nye Got a Feeling... 
The 56 year old star of the long-running "Bill Nye The Science Guy" was in the studio to promote his new documentary series focusing on the neuroscience of childhood development.
After briefly discussing his show, the Smithsonian anchors asked Nye about Akin's recent accusation. The normally genial Nye wasted no time venting his rage about the comments: 
"Look, these people they're fucking retarded. Rape can't cause pregnancy? Breastmilk cures homosexuality? I caused a hurricane by challenging creationism? Who can possibly take these people seriously anymore?" 
The slightly uncomfortable anchors then tried to change the subject, but Nye persisted:
"It used to be these Republicans didn't believe in global warming or evolution. That was bad enough. Now they don't even believe in egg + sperm = baby. Where does Todd Akin think babies come from? Does he think there are separate storks for people who were raped and people who weren't? " 
"Hey look over there! It's the rape stork. It drops off all its babies directly at the orphanage."
"He's a fucking idiot. Just a plain fucking idiot. I'm sorry - I don't say that word very often - but it happens to fit in this case. He's just a fucking idiot."

A Decent Proposal 
As the stunned anchors hurriedly tried to wind the conversation down and cut to commercial, Nye stared directly into the camera and issued a challenge to his new-found rival: 
"So Todd I got an offer for you. You and me. Any time. Any place. Debating science mano- a-mano. I'll bring the facts, and you bring the Vaseline. Because your ass is gonna fucking need it when I'm done whipping." 
Nye apologized once more for his language before ripping off his microphone and walking off the set. 
Representatives of the Smithsonian Channel say they have no comment on the incident.
Bill Nye could not be reached, but a since-deleted tweet on his Twiiter account posted shortly after the incident read: 
"@ToddAkin Never enter the eye of Hurricane NYE!" 


In case you missed it, The Daily Currant is a satire site. 

Related stories include:
  • Todd Akin Blames Bill Nye for Hurricane
  • Todd Akin Claims Breastmilk Cures Homosexuality
  • Trump Announces Casino on Site of Obama’s ‘Kenyan Birthplace’


It's like all those times when conservative media took Onion stories about Harry Potter satanism and gay recruitment seriously; but this time it's the right wing that is having a good laugh at "the liberals'" expense. (It's usually the other way around.)

What surprises me about the gullibility of Boing Boing is the fact that Huffington Post covered another Currant-fuelled hoax just days ago.

This isn't Boing Boing's first hoaxing, though. Like almost everyone else on the internet, they believed the brilliant "Shellfail" video was real.

This kind of thing can happen to anyone. I get pulled in too, now and again. But the silence on this one is deafening. I would really love a comment from someone at Boing Boing.

The Daily Currant, by the way, is currently offline. Maybe they were the real victims of Hurricane Nye...

UPDATE: It's back.

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