We missed this one last April: Readers will remember astronomer and TV personality Neil deGrasse Tyson and perhaps also know of SteakUmm frozen meats…
Someone who writes at HuffPost was rather put out that SteakUmm’s social media team talked back to Tyson on social media:
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently found himself in a bizarre Twitter beef with, of all things, Steak-umm.
Even stranger: Many experts took the side of the processed meat product.
It all started on Sunday after Tyson tweeted out, “The good thing about Science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in it.”
Although the tweet attracted more than 128,000 likes, it didn’t get much love from Steak-umm on Monday night.
Steak-umm then added a little more meat to its contention, saying that, ironically, Tyson’s tweet “may influence people to be more skeptical” of science “in a time of unprecedented misinformation.”
“Science is an ever refining process to find truth, not a dogma,” Steak-umm said, adding, “no matter his intent, this message isn’t helpful.”David Moye, “Steak-umm Starts Bizarre Twitter Beef With Neil DeGrasse Tyson” at HuffPost (April 13, 2021)
Some of us suspect that, after more than a year of COVID crazy, some people were starting to think that — just maybe — the boundary between science and lunacy is becoming a bit porous…
The background to science vs. steak:
In 2018, their brief beef started and ended when the Twitter account for Steak-Umm goaded, “who cares,” following a random factoid tweeted by deGrasse Tyson. The fun fact revealed that the “thirteen letters of ‘eleven plus two,’ when rearranged, also spells ‘twelve plus one,’ ” all of which amounts to the number 13.
Despite more than 76,000 likes on the anagram, Steak-umm was unimpressed with the 62-year-old astrophysicist — and still is, particularly with his professorial rhetoric.
Their retort was praised with likes from more than 19,000 on Twitter — as one follower responded in a gustatory double entendre, “I rarely say this about steak, but well done!”Hannah Sparks, “Steak-umm’s Twitter beef with Neil deGrasse Tyson: ‘Log off bro’” at New York Post (April 14, 2021)
The thing is, the saucy social media team at Steak-Umm have a point: What does it mean to say that science is “true”? Was all the contradictory nonsense barked at us during the COVID pandemic “true”? That isn’t even possible. Yet all the barkers will insist that whatever stuff they said was “science” and we will, it seems have to believe them on that one. But with what outcome… we shall see.