Eyebrows were raised across the internet after news surfaced that an episode of celebrity scientist Bill Nye’s old television series was selectively edited to remove a segment containing Nye explaining that there are only two genders, both of which are determined by a person’s chromosomes.
The original segment, which was part of a 1996 television series called “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” was part of an episode called “Probability” in which a young female can be seen telling the audience, “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, ” the actress explains, providing a visual example with alphabet magnets. “See, there are only two possibilities: XX, a girl, or XY, a boy.”
But when attempting to stream the episode on Netflix, the segment appears to have been cut out of the show entirely. It is not clear whether the editing was done by Netflix, by Disney (which owns the rights to the original show), or by some other entity.
It is also not clear when the removal of the segment occurred, but the discovery does coincide with the release of Nye’s latest series on Netflix, titled “Bill Nye Saves the World.”
In the 2017 series, he takes quite a different stance on gender identity, making it clear he now believes gender to be fluid.
Nye has not addressed his previous stance, or the selectively edited segments.
(h/t: Washington Free Beacon)