CLAIM

Neil deGrasse Tyson addressed gender inequality on Twitter by tearing apart a joke about women in science. See Example( s )

EXAMPLES
Collected via Twitter, August 2016

Science Porn vs. Neil DeGrasse Tyson
FALSE

RATING

FALSE

ORIGIN

On 24 August, 2016, a Twitter account called “SciencePorn” (which mostly publishes interesting and amusing stories about science) posted the following joke: 

First woman on the Moon:

“Houston, we have a problem.”
What?
“Never mind”
What’s the problem?
“Nothing”
Please tell us?
“I’m fine”

The joke went over about as well as could be expected, considering that it was made amidst an ongoing discussion about how relatively few women there are working in various science and technology fields.  A Twitter account that at first glance appeared to be that of prominent astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson pushed back against the joke: 


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The tweets quickly went viral, with many commending Dr. Tyson on his direct approach.  However, these tweets didn’t originate from the real Neil deGrasse Tyson, but a fake account that was set up to — in its creators’s own words — gently parody the astrophysicist:

The account’s description offers a further clue:

I bring the science, whether you wanted it or not. (98% confident I’m not actually @)

So far, there has been no comment on the matter from the actual Neil deGrasse Tyson.