American science presenter Bill Nye recently poured scorn on the idea that gays can be cured, and in doing so incurred the wrath of homophobic religious nutters.
PinkNews reports that the popular science educator and TV host received death threats after an episode from his new Netflix talk show – Bill Nye Saves the World – appeared on YouTube.
In the episode “Sexual Spectrum”, below, Nye explores sexuality – with one animated skit mocking the practice of attempting to ‘cure’ gay’ people.
The cartoon features different flavours of ice cream, with vanilla ice cream demanding that all other flavours of ice cream become vanilla too.
As Vanilla, I feel that I am the most natural of the ice creams, and therefore the rest of you should just go ahead and also be vanilla. It’s the one true flavour.
Attempting to reassure the flamboyant Strawberry ice cream, Salted Caramel cuts in:
No one can stop make you being Strawberry, Strawberry. You’re Strawberry!
But Vanilla insists:
I just think if you want to get right with the big ice cream in the sky, change your flavour by wishing to be vanilla. Everyone should pretend to be vanilla until they no longer have the urge not to be vanilla.
At the end of the clip, Vanilla ice cream succumbs to his repressed urges, engaging in an ice cream orgy with the other flavours.
The clip sparked a huge amount of anger from the far-right and anti-LGBT lobby, attracting more than 14,000 dislikes on YouTube.
Commenters attacked it as “blatant propaganda” and “Satanic”, while some resorted to homophobic threats.
As a born again Christian, it is my responsibility to inform the world of the truth. Like I said, this video is forcing the beliefs of Satanism.
Anti-White, Anti-Male, Anti-Straight, Anti-Christian. If it was literally Anti-(Anything else) I could sue for millions, but I’m expected to ‘tolerate’ it. This is why Donald Trump won leftists, we see right through the bull and we’re sick of it.
Several of the comments included direct death threats aimed at Nye.
In another video, Nye explains why homosexuality is perfectly natural.
Nye recorded the video for Big Think, during which he is asked by an anonymous reader whether homosexuality makes evolutionary sense.
He responds that:
Homosexuality exists across all species and throughout nature. Bonobo monkeys, for example, exhibit homosexuality. And Bonobo monkeys aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Expanding on his point, he says homosexuality:
Happens in nature, and look, we’re all here.
Hat tip: Angela_K