Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week or so, it’s likely that you’ve heard about the now infamous “Deflategate” controversy swirling around the New England Patriots and the fact that 11 of the 12 footballs they used during the AFC Championship game were found to be under-inflated. Words cannot express how sick and tired I am of hearing about this story. I understand that the Super Bowl is approaching and this isn’t the first questionable thing that’s been tied to the Patriots, but the coverage over this whole situation has been just silly. How many times can reporters ask Bill Belichick or Tom Brady the same questions? They’ve said all they’re going to say. Until some sort of new, concrete information comes out regarding this issue – let it go.
Well, Bill Nye recently debunked Belichick’s claim that the weather might have been the cause of the under-inflated footballs in a video he recorded for Funny Or Die. But what this clip was clearly meant to do was mock the “outrage” and attention people have given this controversy, while often giving a fraction of that attention to “small” things like climate change. We remember climate change, right? It’s just the human-driven phenomenon that threatens to end life as we know it and possibly even make the planet uninhabitable for human beings.
You know, that “little” thing.
And as pretty much everybody knows, Nye has become quite a spokesman for those of us who know climate change is real and trust the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence that says humans are the ones causing it.
It was a bit of a genius move on Nye’s part to take this opportunity to use a sports/pop culture story like Deflategate to emphasize that people need to start caring about climate change as much (if not more) than they do nonsense like under-inflated footballs.
“While we have a few minutes here, I’d like to talk about something else,” Nye said. “Climate Change is real! While we’re all obsessed with Deflategate, let’s keep in mind that’s there’s something about which you should give a f*ck! Yes, like Tom Brady, the world is getting hotter and hotter, because we humans are pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.”
This is Nye at his best, perfectly emphasizing a very important issue that we should be discussing every single day, but it was done in such a way to get the attention it deserves.
So, what does Nye think we need to do?
“You should vote for congressmen and senators that appreciate the threat of climate change and the rate at which the world is getting warmer, so that we can preserve the Earth for humankind for generations to come,” he said.
And he’s absolutely right. It’s time we change the narrative that politics are “boring” and that “my vote won’t make a difference so why bother,” and start realizing that the issues which impact every single one of us are in our control. We just have to make sure that every single election day our voices are heard.
Watch the video below via Funny or Die:
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