Ice cream cones have orgy in Bill Nye's cartoon that criticizes Christian dogma


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/04/25/ice-cream-cones-have-orgy-in-b.html


#2

I’m in a monogamous relationship but every now and then I still sneak in a three-way with Ben and Jerry.


#3

Personally I have long maintained that all ice cream flavors are a linear combination of the Neopolitan basis flavors.


#4

“Sorry honey. It was Phish Food. You would have done the same.”


#5

Sherbet rights!


#6

"That was COOL, right? It’s a brilliant premise, doggone!"
I love it when Bill Nye talks like my dad.


#7

One of the weirdest, most random “come backs” I’ve seen on Twitter lately, in threads dealing with attack on science: Conservative rubes trotting out a weird factoid about genders. e.g. “Why should I listen to scientists when they say there are 52 genders.” (Most recently, 91 genders.)

Now imagining this cartoon spawning a whole new round of resentful, mal-informed tweets.

(Also, this cartoon might be our best chance to get rid of Mike Pence. We’re talking spontaneous stoke.)

(Also, now remembering Olaf Stapledon’s Last Men in London, where we learn that a far-future race of posthumans not only have 96 “sexual subtypes,” but morph their kids into anthropomorphic animal shapes for aesthetic purposes. Written in 1932 by a guy who grew up in Victorian times.)


#8

I liked the assertion that we just are what we are.


#9

Pick a lane butt stain. (snort!)
Extra points for a Beck soundtrack.
The doggone also made me smile.
Waiting for a “by golly”.
Sure I won’t be disappoint.
You go Bill! Give it to em right in the dogma!


#10

“If 31 is good enough for Baskin Robbins then by golly it ought to be enough for all decent God-fearing people!”


#11

For the record, intolerance to LGBTQetc is not Christian dogma. It’s not even doctrine.


#12

I started the first episode, but got side tracked. Though something didn’t click with me as I started in. Still need to give it a full shake.

This short though adds to my worry, but I hope the rest of the series is better as I really like Bill Nye’s earlier stuff.

The problem: He wants to save the world.

The solution: Get people who need to open up to change, to change.

The problem I see so far: he is preaching to the choir, and further alienating the people he should be reaching out to. Worse, he is just confirming the godless liberal scientist agenda they already have in their heads.

Look, I agree ice cream should be the flavor they are, and feel free to add sprinkles or crunched up M&Ms. But mocking their belief structure isn’t the way to do it. Telling people basically lighten the fuck up doesn’t usually work. I wish it did. I’ll try that next heated debate and report on my outcome…

One could certainly approach it this way. Not very sciency, but honestly I have used this argument many times. Since it is a science show, I’d have gone with some sort of fun explanation about how sexuality works, how our hormones are largely responsible for how we are, and how things like homosexuality is not just as old as man, but older and found in nature.


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#14

The laugh track to the little explainer video was really off-putting to me. There are such great models on the net for how to do great little explanation videos that doing a cheap one-liner laugh track style video was almost painful.


#15

I haven’t seen the episode but the part below represents my continuous ongoing frustration with the left (I say, as someone who identifies as a fairly liberal socialist).


#16

Is this not also the case with the right? Is this not also the case with FRICKIN’ EVERYBODY NOWDAYS?


#17

This was my thought while watching it as well. If I sat Mike Pence down in front of this cartoon, his takeaway wouldn’t be “oh! Sexuality has many types and flavors! I should just chill out!”, it would be “Yep, these liberals are as bonkers as I suspected. Genders are like ice cream, and there’s an almost infinite number of them? And to believe that I need to ignore God? And I should… have a big orgy? Okay, I’m done here.”

I get it. It’s cute. But it’s made for people in on the joke.


#18

I actually find this to be an endemic problem with the left and something that the right generally has a much smaller problem with. Generally conservatives want to be left the fuck alone. Sure, trot out whatever bill passed recently but the core of conservative ideals generally has to do with a lack of change, so I normally experience that as a lot of ‘fuck you why are you fucking with things’.

Liberals want something better and better means change and change means changing hearts and minds and all that. As someone who was raised Christian this kind of reminds me of sermons on proselytizing and missionary work and how there was a lot of debate in the church on how to get believers, but my pastor’s stance was always ‘be a good person, make it clear you’re Christian and you’re willing to talk about things, and let the rest happen through your work’.

It might just be that this is something I just experience because I AM a liberal and spend a lot of time reading liberal news and blogs, but it frustrates me a lot.


#19

Or maybe:
“Oh, God. They know about my Ice Cream Fetish. Better the world be cleansed with nuclear fire than the truth get out.”


#20

They never said anything about this in Sundae School.