Random Facebook user Rebecca Bright took to Facebook to call for the Science cancel to remove “How The Universe Works” star Mike Rowe, saying that he’s an “anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative.”
Specifically, Bright wrote: “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. 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.”
Well, as we all know Mike Rowe is not one to take things lying down. His response needs to be seen far and wide.
Rowe Responds: “First of all, I’m glad you like the show,” he said. “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!!!”
“Well, maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t. We just don’t know,” Rowe continued. “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.”
He goes on to remind Bright how science, and the world as we know it changes all the time. Science certainly is not something set in stone, despite what liberals want to think.
“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,” he said. “That’s how fast the information changes.”
“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,” he said. “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.”
“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,” he said. “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.”
He then invites Rebecca Bright to re-read her original message and consider her position on her outlandish request:
“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?” he asked, and then said “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?”