The writers of "Bill Nye Saves the World," received an Emmy nomination for the Netflix show's "Sexual Spectrum" episode. The controversial episode is known for having featured the musical number, "My Sex Junk," a heavily criticized song about sexual and gender fluidity.
The Sexual Spectrum episode, which aired in April, was heavily panned by critics who accused host Bill Nye of passing off social science as biological science. The "My Sex Junk" number was described as "cringey" by many on Reddit.
In the number, actress Rachel Bloom and two backup dancers danced as Bloom sang lyrics like “sexuality’s a spectrum, everyone is on it. Even you might like it if you sit up on it.”
Meanwhile, Nye pretended he was DJing at a turntable nearby.
Nye was lambasted on social media for the episode's message, which contradicted his own explanation of gender during his kids show "Bill Nye the Science Guy" in the 1990s. In that episode, a segment explained that there are only two genders, controlled by XX, and XY chromosomes.
However, despite its unpopularity, the Television Academy Awards nominated the writers of "My Sex Junk" for an Emmy, according to the Daily Caller.
“It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth,” Television Academy Chairman and CEO Hayma Washington said in a statement. “We are thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has to offer.”
Final-round online voting for the winner will begin Aug. 14, according to the Daily Caller.
According to Variety, "Bill Nye Saves the World" has been approved for a second season. The air date has yet to be announced.