TV host Mike Rowe is known for his measured, devastating take-downs of people who attack him or his work. He has perfected the art of subtly twisting the knife in the side of critics with calm, cool language.
This skill was on display Thursday when Rowe responded to a woman criticized his politics on Facebook.
Rowe narrates the show “How The Universe Works” on the Science Channel. The woman, Rebecca Bright, called Rowe an “anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative” who should be fired.
“I love the show How the Universe Works, but I’m lost on how the producers and the Science Channel can allow anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative Mike Rowe to narrate the show,” Bright wrote, according to Rowe. “There are countless scientists that should be hired for that, or actors, if you must, that believe in education and science that would sound great narrating the show, example: Morgan Freeman. Cancel this fools contract and get any of your scientists so often on the show to narrate it.”
In his response, Rowe started off by exhibiting his knowledge of the subject of the show and killing Rebecca with kindness:
Well hi there, Rebecca. How’s it going?
First of all, I’m glad you like the show. “How the Universe Works” is a terrific documentary series that I’ve had the pleasure of narrating for the last six seasons. I thought this week’s premiere was especially good. It was called, “Are Black Holes Real?” If you didn’t see it, spoiler alert….no one knows!!!
It’s true. The existence of Black Holes has never been proven. Some cosmologists are now convinced they don’t exist at all, and the race to prove their actuality has become pretty intense. Why? Because so much of what we think we know about the cosmos depends upon them. In other words, the most popular explanations as to how the universe actually works, are based upon the existence of a thing that no one has been able to prove.
As I’m sure you know, it’s OK to make assumptions based on theories. In fact, it’s critical to progress. But it’s easy these days to confuse theory with fact. Thanks to countless movies and television shows that feature Black Holes as a plot device, and many documentaries that bring them to life with gorgeous CGI effects and dramatic music, a lot of people are under the assumption that Black Holes are every bit as real as the Sun and the Moon. Well, maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t. We just don’t know. That’s why I enjoyed this week’s show so much. It acknowledged the reasons we should question the existence of something that many assume to be “settled science.” It invited us to doubt.
Oftentimes, on programs like these, I’m asked to re-record a passage that’s suddenly rendered inaccurate by the advent of new information. Sometimes, over the course of just a few days. That’s how fast the information changes. Last year for instance, on an episode called “Galaxies,” the original script – carefully vetted by the best minds in physics – claimed there were approximately one hundred billion galaxies in the known universe. A hundred billion! (Not a typo.) I couldn’t believe it when I read it. I mean, the Milky Way alone has something like 400 billion stars! Andromeda has a trillion! How many stars must there be in a universe, with a hundred billion galaxies? Mind-boggling, right?
Well, a few weeks later, the best minds in physics came together again, and determined that the total number of galaxies in the universe was NOT in fact, a hundred billion. They were off. Not by a few thousand, or a few million, or few billion, or even a few hundred billion. The were off by two trillion. That’s right…TWO TRILLION!!
But here’s the point, Rebecca – when I narrate this program, it doesn’t matter if I’m correct or incorrect – I always sound the same. And guess what? So do the experts.
Rowe then slowly turned his keyboard to Rebecca’s idea that he should be fired because doesn’t “believe in education and science,” and it gets brutal:
When I wrote about this discrepancy, people became upset. They thought I was making fun of science. They thought I was suggesting that because physicists were off by one trillion, nine hundred billion galaxies, all science was suddenly suspect, and no claims could be trusted. In general, people like you accused me of “doubting science.” Which is a curious accusation, since science without doubt isn’t science at all.
This is an important point. If I said I was skeptical that a supernatural being put us here on Earth, you’d be justified in calling me a “doubter of religion.” But if I said I was skeptical that manmade global warming was going to melt the icecaps, that doesn’t make me a “doubter of science.”
Once upon a time, the best minds in science told us the Sun revolved around the Earth. They also told us the Earth was flat, and that a really bad fever could be cured by blood-letting. Happily, those beliefs were questioned by skeptical minds, and we moved forward. Science is a wonderful thing, and a critical thing. But without doubt, science doesn’t advance. Without skepticism, we have no reason to challenge the status quo. Anyway, enough pontificating. Let’s consider for a moment, your very best efforts to have me fired.
You’ve called me an “ultra-right wing conservative,” who is both “anti-education,” and “science-doubting.” Interestingly, you offer no proof. Odd, for a lover of science. So I challenge you to do so now. Please provide some evidence that I am in fact the person you’ve described. And by evidence, I don’t mean a sentence taken out of context, or a meme that appeared in your newsfeed, or a photo of me standing next to a politician or a talk-show host you don’t like. I mean actual proof of what you claim I am.
Also, please bear in mind that questioning the cost of a college degree does not make me “anti-education.” Questioning the existence of dark-matter does not make me a “dark-matter denier.” And questioning the wisdom of a universal $15 minimum wage doesn’t make me an “ultra-right wing conservative.” As for Morgan Freeman, I agree. He’s a terrific narrator, and a worthy replacement. But remember, Morgan played God on the big screen. Twice. Moreover, he has publicly claimed to be a “believer.” (gasp!) Should this disqualify him from narrating a series that contradicts the Bible at every turn? If not, why not?
Anyway, Rebecca, my beef with your post comes down to this – if you go to my boss and ask her to fire me because you can’t stand the sound of my voice, I get it. Narrators with unpleasant voices should probably look for other work anyway, and if enough people share your view, no hard feelings – I’ll make room for Morgan.
But if you’re trying to get me fired simply because you don’t like my worldview, well then, I’m going to fight back. Partly because I like my job, and partly because you’re wrong about your assumptions, but mostly because your tactics typify a toxic blend of laziness and group-think that are all too common today – a hot mess of hashtags and intolerance that deepen the chasm currently dividing our country.
Re-read your own post, and think about your actual position. You’ve publicly asked a network to fire the narrator of a hit show because you might not share his personal beliefs. Don’t you think that’s kind of…extraordinary? Not only are you unwilling to engage with someone you disagree with – you can’t even enjoy a show you claim to love if you suspect the narrator might not share your view of the world! Do you know how insular that makes you sound? How fragile?
I just visited your page, and read your own description of you. It was revealing. It says, “I stand my ground. I fear no one & nothing. I have & will fight for what’s right.”
Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t think the ground you’re standing on is worth defending. If you truly fear “no one & nothing,” it’s not because you’re brave; it’s because you’re unwilling to expose yourself to ideas that frighten you. And while I can see that you like to fight for what you think is “right” (in this case, getting people fired that you disagree with,) one could easily say the same thing about any other misguided, garden-variety bully.
In other words, Rebecca, I don’t think you give a damn about science. If I’m wrong, prove it. Take a step back and be skeptical about your own assumptions. Take a moment to doubt your own words, and ask yourself – as any good scientist would – if you’ve got your head up a black hole.
Having said all that, I think you’re gonna love next week’s episode. It’s called Multiple Stars! Check it out, Tuesdays at 10pm, on Science.
#AdiosAmerica: Republicans (with Democrats) Are Selling Out America to Corporations to Decrease Living Standards
Since the turn of the 20th century, living standards became an important, almost central part to the progressive and labor movements of those times. Now it has become a mainstream of both parties to sell out your labor to lowest bidders in low and high paying jobs. Low paying jobs are being taken by low-wage immigrants protected by Democrats and the high-end jobs are brought in by bi-partisan means, and greatly boasted by Republicans.
This effort has crippled the middle-class for close to 30 years now and with the job market being already tightened by the looming threat of A.I., importing more workers, whether legal or illegal is decreasing the value of labor in America for each and American Citizen. Corporations and Businesses, who rely on keeping employee costs as low as possible generally don’t complain about these practices across the board, why would they?
Americans have an increasingly difficult task ahead of them with the mass illegal migration at the Southern Border but also the legal importation of immigrants through H1-b1 Visas. These challenges will increasingly change the look, heritage of this country. There is no incentive for either Government or Business to care about reigning in immigration to the benefit of the American worker, the bottom dollar line will look better anyways.
The Ugly Truth About Dating Transgender Women
Spoiler: They’re the most superficial, narcissistic, arrogant, and boring people on the planet.
One night at a bar in Las Vegas, I was approached by the most gorgeous blonde bombshell. After exchanging pleasantries, dancing, and a few drinks, I decided to go home with her. Before getting down to business, “Sarah” (we will call her) dropped the bomb: she was trans.
Now I didn’t freak out or anything. I like to think I’m a pretty open guy. I’ve “dated” hundreds of women (Believe it or not, virgin reader, maybe even a thousand). I would be secure enough in my masculinity to bag a trap. However, it’s not for me and I decided to end the night there. Respectfully (JK I plowed that boy p*$$¥). We talked for a while to disarm the grenade that just went off and I thanked her for a wonderful evening and returned home…
…But it got me thinking: what is this world like? No one in my circle of friends has ever dated one. There are no believable articles or blogs on the subject. They all reek of propaganda. If you read about it online, it’s almost always described as “stunning and brave.” The media will actually have you believe you’re “bigoted” if you don’t want to!!!
To “prove I was no bigot” [JK], I decided to start a social experiment of my own. What I discovered was somewhat shocking to say the least.
Now my first encounter with “Sarah” ended amicably enough. She was visibly irradiated though, and tried several times to coax me into sleeping with her after saying no. Guess she’d never been turned down before. “It’ll be our secret.” That said, we left on decent terms. The next night, I ventured out to a local LGBT spot to try my luck for the first control.
“Lisa” was a 23 year old fair-looking white trans girl . Most men wouldn’t be able to tell (I could). I started chatting her up in the bar, and after a brief conversation, we exchanged numbers. My goal was not to sleep with them, only simulate the dating experience as much as possible. For the next few days, Lisa would text about nothing but being a trans person. Even when I would try to change the subject, conversations often ended with her comparing herself to “biological” women, always framed as being better than. Examples below:
She went on and on and on…
When Lisa wasn’t commenting on how trans she was, she would comment on MY appearance. Context: I’m not exaggerating when I tell you I’m extremely fit (regularly work out; never miss leg day, bro.)
Omg I’ve been dreaming about your body! You look like you could f*** while holding me! You need to shave your face tho, I hate scratchy beards.
On our first, and last, date at a local eatery, she commented on every article of clothing I was wearing.
You have a great body, why are you hiding it? You should wear more tanks.
Again, if I tried to steer the conversation any other direction, it would immediately fall back on either my appearance or how she is trans. I drove her home, and told her this would conclude our seeing each other, to her dismay. She was pretty vitriolic about it after, attacking the same facial features she complimented merely minutes ago.
You look like a juice-head. Muscles gross me out. I bet you have no dick.
I laughed it off and even apologized for disappointing her, then drove off. I found this to be a reoccurring theme. Even in short conversations with other trans girls at bars, they just can not help but talk about themselves being trans, and if not that, then it goes straight to your appearance. Absolutely narcissistic and self absorbed.
Not being able to stomach much more of the gay bars, I decided to head online. That’s where I met possibly the worst of them all. “Jen” was a fiery Hispanic girl I matched with on Tinder. Now she was really passable. I would have been fooled had I not been seeking people like her out. She messaged me shortly after matching. I even found myself somewhat wondering how she was still single… until I didn’t.
Like the others, she drowned on about herself, but I decided to push further for the physical date. She also wrote me a list of her essentials requirements for men she can date. After sending a few pictures, I passed her “test.” I won’t bore you with the details but, suffice it to say, I’ve been with Insta-thots that were less picky.
The following day, she pushed back our 7:00 date to 7:30, which I obliged. I drove out to her place. Since I wasn’t familiar with the area, I was literally 60 seconds late (Important detail, keep this in mind). I text’d Jen to let her know I arrived. What ensued was the most ridiculous interaction I’ve ever had to date:
To be honest, this was a relief. I was shelling out good cash and time at this point on my experiment. I received 50 text messages about why I was an “asshole” and left after 2 or 3 minutes trying to calm her down.
A week later, she asked me out again, but I declined, telling her she should see someone about her obvious issues…
The Ugly Truth
You’re better off dating real women, fellas. I could have pushed many of these “women” further into dating and such, but the barrage of useless conversation, literal mental illness, and suffering is just not worth it. Keep in mind that this is my experience with ones who wanted to sleep with me. I can’t imagine what it would be like for a guy half my stature who was actually into this?
I’m sure there are at least a few trans women that aren’t complete utter trash. I would find them to be the exception, not the rule. In total, I picked up 15 traps, and 14 of them were absolute messes.
Some of the girls I encountered didn’t mind telling me about how they used to pimp themselves for cash to pay for surgery. I think this probably more well known but it’s worth mentioning here. Who knows how many of them have done this…
TL;DR unless you have a high tolerance for bullshit and love penis, date regular women. It’s actually easier!!!
OCD: Conservatives Suffer From Ocasio-Cortez Disorder
What was the #1 mistake the media made in the 2016 election?
In the past, the mainstream media ignored anti-establishment candidates it disliked. Slowly, but surely, their poll numbers would fall. Yet they couldn’t help themselves when Donald Trump came on the scene in 2015… and they covered him all the way to victory.
Now, Conservatives begin to make the same mistake: memeing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez like the world is going to end in 12 years. It would be fine if AOC memes weren’t so juvenile, shit-tier, & flat out not funny.
They fall into a category called “Boomer memes.” It’s a term that pokes fun at the “2nd Greatest Generation” for not being particularly tech savvy, but it’s used here to describe low quality content: Think fuzzy/irrelevant pictures, generic fonts, usually too much text, and toilet humor. They might as well call her a “poo-poo” head, because they aren’t changing minds.
You cannot scroll down your Facebook timeline without seeing her face on one of these perversions posing as “memes.”
Like an ex-girlfriend, she wants your attention. She wants you to call her back. She wants you to hate on her. It fuels her. You’re essentially working public relations for the DSA Party when you continue to post about her.
You may think you’re doing some kind of public service calling out her stupidity. In reality, you’re pushing the disenfranchised right into her arms. Like an ex-girlfirend, the best thing you can do is be indifferent to her existence. The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference… and drives women crazy. Hanging on her every word and blunder is what the media did to Trump, and it skyrocketed his campaign at every turn. Think “Grab her by the p*ssy.”
Stop memeing Cortez unless you’re going to do it intelligently.
And if you think she can’t be president, you weren’t paying attention during 2016.
P.S. Notice I didn’t use her image once. I did this even though I knew posting it would have given me 100s, if not 1000s of likes. Don’t be a slave to AOC. She IS your boss if you meme her. You don’t work for her. And neither do we.