The science apparently wasn’t settled on one issue for Bill Nye ‘the Science Guy.’
Following a particularly cringe-worthy episode of his new Netflix show, “Bill Nye Saves the World” on gender identity (including a bizarre attempt at a transgender themed rap — watch below at your own risk), footage from a 1996 episode of his former show “Bill Nye the Science Guy” aired, showing him contradicting himself.
Also compared gender to a “kaleidoscope” in the episode.
While he’s now hopped on the social justice bandwagon of treating gender as a spectrum, on his older show he accurately explained how chromosomes determine one’s sex and gender (and he didn’t try to pretend that there were more than two).
In the episode “Probability,” eight minutes in a girl comes on screen to say “I’m a girl. Could have just as easily been a boy, though, because the probability of becoming a girl is always 1 in 2. See, inside each of our cells are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl.”