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Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo Allegations

Bill Maher Ignores Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Disturbing #MeToo AllegationsPhoto Illustration by The Daily Beast/Photos Getty & HBONeil deGrasse Tyson, the fun-lovin’ astrophysicist and TV personality, has been credibly accused of sexual misconduct by four women—one of whom, Thchiya Amet El Maat, alleged that he drugged and raped her while the two were graduate students at the University of Texas in 1984.  Bill Maher, the boundary-pushing comedian, has branded the MeToo movement “scary” and aspects of  it “MeCarthyism” whilst downplaying women’s accounts of inappropriate touching at the hands of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and the allegations against former congressman Al Franken. On Friday night, Maher welcomed pal Tyson to his long-running HBO program Real Time. Tyson, who’s managed to weather any professional ramifications from the sexual-misconduct allegations—keeping his gigs with National Geographic’s StarTalk, Fox’s Cosmos and Hayden Planetarium—joined Maher and his panel, which included The Daily Beast’s politics editor Sam Stein, for an interview toward the end of the program. And sure enough, Maher joked about Tyson’s planets tie; let him hawk his new book of published letters to and from his fans; debated the scientific evidence (or lack thereof) supporting the existence of God, as is the outspoken atheist’s wont; talked flat-earthers; and acted generally chummy with one another. Bill Maher Fails to Challenge The Federalist Publisher (and Mr. Meghan McCain) Ben DomenechJohn Oliver Thinks Rudy Giuliani Is Totally Screwed: ‘Trump Will Abandon Him’What Maher failed to do was even remotely probe the disturbing allegations against Tyson—something that most interviewers of Tyson have failed to properly reckon with during his recent book tour (CBS This Morning sort of did, albeit via a soft line of questioning, asking what he’s “learned” since the allegations surfaced.) In addition to soft-pedaling the allegations against Biden, Maher voiced objections to the public outrage surrounding Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual-assault allegation against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee (now justice), Brett Kavanaugh. “There are social justice warriors who are crazy enough in this country, I fight with them all the time, who… they lend enough credence to this to make people think, ‘Oh, you know what? They’re going to go after my high school record. That’s fair game now.’ And it becomes sort of a privacy thing,” offered Maher. Later on, the comedian added, “It does seem like things morphed from ‘listen to any woman who says she’s been wronged,’ which is the right thing to do, to ‘automatically believe.’ That’s what’s scary.” What’s frustrating about Maher’s attitude toward MeToo is that he appears to consistently downplay allegations of inappropriate touching or attempted sexual assault levied against certain men of power (usually Democrats), while regularly railing against those said to have been committed by President Trump, who’s been accused of varying acts of sexual misconduct by over 22 women. While the attitude shouldn’t be to “automatically believe” women, it shouldn’t take nearly two dozen accusers—or hating the man’s politics—to either. Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast hereGet our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Elon Musk: 'Let The Man Get High'

Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Elon Musk: 'Let The Man Get High'Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks a lot of fellow science man Tesla CEO Elon Musk.



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Neil DeGrasse Tyson: It Might Be Too Late To Save Cities From Climate Change

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: It Might Be Too Late To Save Cities From Climate ChangeNeil deGrasse Tyson once again took on climate change deniers, this time focusing on those who "cherry pick" science to prove their own points.



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Neil deGrasse Tyson Has No Time For Climate Change Deniers Marveling At The Eclipse

Neil deGrasse Tyson Has No Time For Climate Change Deniers Marveling At The EclipseNeil deGrasse Tyson is thrilled that Americans came together to witness the total eclipse of the sun this month.



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Inside Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Famed Office

Inside Neil DeGrasse Tyson's Famed OfficeNeil DeGrasse Tyson is director of the Hayden Planetarium's department of astrophysics and one of the most well-known scientists around. In this Mach Doc, he gives us a tour of his office, famed for containing all manner of space-related memorabilia.



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Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on controversial NY Times op-ed on climate change

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on controversial NY Times op-ed on climate changeWorld-renowned astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium Neil deGrasse Tyson spoke with Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga about the controversial NY Times op-ed calling climate change into question. Tyson said if the Times wants to represent another political view, it should involve political solutions.



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Neil deGrasse Tyson unleashes hot fire on Trump in angry tweetstorm

Neil deGrasse Tyson unleashes hot fire on Trump in angry tweetstormNeil deGrasse Tyson took a break from sharing science facts and nerdy dad jokes on Sunday to blast Donald Trump in a raging tweetstorm.  SEE ALSO: Maybe the GOP will finally get to kill Big Bird after all Specifically, Tyson targeted Trump's proposed slashing of federal funding for programs that support the arts, education, and the EPA, which has long been in the crosshairs of the Trump administration.  The fastest way to Make a America Weak Again: Cut science funds to our agencies that support it. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 The fastest way to Make America Sick Again: Cut funding to the National Institutes of Health — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 The fastest way to Make America Stupid: Cut funds to programs that support education. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 The fastest way to thwart Earth's life-support systems for us all: Turn EPA into EDA — the Environmental Destruction Agency. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 The fastest way to melt glaciers & flood the World's coastal cities: Ignore scientists and do nothing to stem the rise of CO2 — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 We can all imagine a land that provides no support for Art. But is that a place you’d want to Live? To Visit? To Play? — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 Tyson also addressed climate change, a topic close to his heart and one the Trump administration has gone to absurd levels to downplay in the face of mounting scientific evidence.  But then Tyson shifted gears from attacking Trump's policies and went straight at the president, his aides, and his cabinet.  The very best way to support and feed your delusions: Surround yourself with people whose world views match yours exactly. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 Savage.  He's a bit more gentle in his tweetstorm wrap-up.  We all want to Make America Great Again. But that won't happen until we first Make America Smart Again. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) March 19, 2017 As expected, Twitter users flooded Neil's mentions with hundreds of replies, some supporting him, others calling him a precious snowflake or whatever the Twitter insult du jour is. But there was one response that too perfectly summed it all up. @neiltyson pic.twitter.com/j6R4SVIyVR — Frank In Las Vegas (@PapiElGuapo) March 19, 2017 WATCH: Watch how global warming heats up the world from 1880-2016



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