Have you heard? Bill “The Science Guy” Nye, professional Man of Science, was on the television program Dancing With The Stars. Because there is no semblance of justice in this universe, he was voted off this week. Before that, he gave a truly heroic performance, doing the robot to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” making the song like 8 percent better and our hearts 100 percent warmer.
In a moment of poignancy at the end of the dance, Bill Nye, a sentient robot who has found love (“got lucky,” in this grand technological race), shuts down, symbolizing humanity’s tumultuous relationship with machines. (I’m interpreting. It’s totally there, though. Subtext. Don’t even get me started on this one, either.) The judges or voters or algorithm or whatever gives people the boot on this sham of a television program just didn’t understand.