Neil deGrasse Tyson consistently ranks as one of the most famous astrophysicists of the modern age. And with millions of followers across his social media channels, Tyson often uses his platform to debunk popular myths with science. This doesn’t always go over well, though. Some of his comments earlier this year, for example, fueled a debate on the proper term for “aliens” following Demi Lovato’s controversial stance. And now, the internet has voiced their upset over his latest debunking.
It all started with a tweet about the scientific accuracy of Santa. And it’s looking like Neil deGrasse Tyson might be stuck with a lump of coal in his stocking this year. At least that’s what a large portion of Twitter users think.
Neil deGrasse Tyson Points Out Facts About Reindeer Antlers and Hypersonic Speeds
The famed astrophysicist shared two tweets yesterday on Christmas Eve that are gaining attention. Maybe the wrong kind of attention at that. The first one speaks to the science behind the speed required for Santa to realistically deliver presents to every single household across the world in one night.
For Santa to deliver gifts to all world’s Christians in one night requires hypersonic speeds through Earth’s lower atmosphere, vaporizing his reindeer & sleigh.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 24, 2021
Just sayin’. pic.twitter.com/ONkW4HyBYa
Then, “Santa doesn’t know Zoology,” the second one reads. It goes on to explain that only female deer keep their antlers in the winter. This means that Santa’s reindeer are presumably female and one shiny-nosed reindeer has been misgendered this whole time.
Santa doesn’t know Zoology:— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) December 25, 2021
Both male & female Reindeer grow antlers. But all male Reindeer lose their antlers in the late fall, well-before Christmas.
So Santa’s reindeer, which all sport antlers, are therefore all female, which means Rudolf has been misgendered. pic.twitter.com/03skVxyYRE
This all follows another tweet from 2015 that reads: “Since the Northern Arctic is just ocean, Santa’s North Pole workshop has only ever existed on a floating sheet of ice.”
In response, several Twitter users are asking Neil deGrasse Tyson to “stay in his lane” and “let people enjoy things.” You can read some of their specific replies below.
Twitter Users Fire Back
One Twitter user (@Jed_Oliver) wrote a poem. It’s not exactly a love letter, though.
“Roses are red / Violets are violet / Neil deGrasse Tyson / Should sometimes stay quiet”
And then another user quipped: “Next you’re going to try to tell me that reindeer don’t fly.”
Overall, the general consensus seemed to be that this was, in fact, “Grinch” behavior.
So while Neil deGrasse Tyson faces a hypothetical banishing to the Grinch’s cave, Outsider would like to wish you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!