Neil deGrasse Tyson is a very smart man, but his tweets very, very dumb. Friday was a very busy day for the Hayden Planetarium director, as his tweets were so bad that they prompted Netflix’s official Twitter account to dig through his archives of bad tweets and dunk on him.
Tyson kicked off Friday with an extremely “get off my lawn” tweet where he policed language. “In my day, the word “Awesome” was reserved for things like curing Polio and walking on the Moon, not for food or TV shows,” Tyson tweeted from the same account where he once wrote that a watching a ping pong match between octopuses would be “awesome.” Then he tweeted about how Friday the 13ths aren’t actually rare, because god forbid anybody have a little fun.
Enter Netflix, a corporation whose Twitter shenanigans are often pretty exhausting, but in this case were totally necessary. Netflix went back and found a 2013 tweet where Tyson complained that he couldn’t watch Armageddon on Netflix.
Then Netflix quoted the old tweet and put Tyson on blast.
To bring everything full circle, Tyson once used the word “awesome” in a tweet about Armageddon, back in 2013 when he remarked that the asteroid chunks had “awesome aim.” Presumably, Tyson would rather watch a movie where asteroid chunks hit the emptiness of the Pacific Ocean rather than anything entertaining.
Neil deGrasse Tyson shows no signs of stopping, and he’ll continue to tweet smarmy, scolding garbage from atop his high horse until somebody unplugs the internet. Check back on April 27 when he’ll probably find some way to ruin Avengers: Infinity War.
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