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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson recently debated transgender ideology and lost it when his views were refuted.
Tyson made headlines last month over a TikTok video in which he claimed genetics are insufficient to determine a person's gender. That view was challenged in a recent episode of the YouTube show "TRIGGERnometry," hosted by British comedian Konstantin Kisin.
In their debate, Tyson claimed his TikTok video referred to gender "expression" and thus he was standing against bigotry. But Kisin said the issue is not about bigotry per se, but about radical gender ideologists allowing biological men to encroach on spaces reserved for women, such as in their bathrooms and on their sports teams.
Throughout the debate, Tyson argued that transgender inclusion is a "solvable problem," and Kisin maintained his position that because men and woman are biologically different, not every space should be "inclusive."
But the tone of the debate took a turn when Kisin rejected Tyson's argument that transgender inclusion is akin to historical exclusion of women and people of different races.
"There are women whose opportunities are being curtailed today because they are being forced to compete, whether in sports or elsewhere, against people who have some kind of advantage over them," Kisin argued.
"We're in a transitional period. So we have to figure that out. But the way to figure out things that require solutions to progressive change is not to regress it to how things once were. If that were the case, I would still be drinking from a segregated water fountain," Tyson responded.
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That's when Kisin's co-host interjected and registered a problem with Tyson's argument.
"I think a lot of people would have an issue with what you're saying because they see women being denied opportunities, they see an unfair playing field, metaphorically and literally speaking," the co-host said.
Tyson clearly did not like the point.
"So fix the playing field, damn it!" Tyson screamed. "Don't say it's an unfair playing field, so, all of a sudden, the big issue is trans women taking the slot of a woman in an unfair playing field. Fix the playing field!
"And you know something? The day you fix that playing field, this conversation will look completely ridiculous," Tyson claimed. "That's what I'm trying to tell you."
The problem with Tyson's level-the-playing-field response is that the playing field in athletics will never be equal between biological men and biological women. If you take the best male athletes and the best female athletes in any sport where athletic ability is necessary, men will win every time.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News