Of people rich enough to buy it
While we walk the street
Too chicken to even try it
A Danish friend of mine, just misunderstood “la chancleta” with: “the Latin clitotoring theory.”
White people think they know best.
It doesn’t mean you’re tied
If this doesn’t take you down
It doesn’t mean you’re high
If this doesn’t make you smile
You don’t have to cry
If this isn’t making sense
It doesn’t make it lies
I can see what I was predicting about Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey would happen in this NY times article already, that many people, mainly many white nerds will look at the new series, compare/contrast it through white gaze to say “it’s not Sagan, it’s not our magical white scientist”.
Holding Neil deGrasse Tyson to these impossible expectations and claiming the obvious “it’s not Sagan, it feels different” of fucking course it feels different. It’s not the same person, they each have their styles but the passion is there. I’ll have to see the first episode tomorrow but Idk if I trust the negative reviews considering what they find negative. Peep this from that NY article I linked to above
"As in the original version, we are placed in a “ship of the imagination” that rockets through space, with Dr. Tyson as our Captain Kirk. In the new incarnation, the gimmick seems a little hokey, especially when Dr. Tyson is shown sitting Kirk-like, peering out the spaceship’s windshield. The ghosts of all the clunky outer space movies made since 1980 haunt this presentation.”
So it’s cool when Carl Sagan did it with what looks like cheap production today but it feels overdone and old when Neil does it despite the complete change of graphical aesthetics and storyteller?? Okay.
"where Sagan’s narrative often approached poetry, Dr. Tyson’s can sound like an overwrought, overamplified planetarium show. (“The deeper waters of this vast cosmic ocean and their numberless worlds lie ahead,” he intones as the spaceship clears Pluto.) Perhaps that’s not surprising, since he’s director of the Hayden Planetarium, but the series needs to work harder to differentiate itself from an Imax movie."
It just seems like they’re trying to lowkey shit on the show already because Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t Carl Sagan. and I’m expecting a lot of white nerds to be on about the same.
To me however, I think there’s a huge aspect a lot of reviewers and critics of the new Cosmos completely fail to address and that’s the fact that due to Neil deGrasse Tyson being a black astrophysicist we’re not just getting a humbling scientist ready to instill scientific tendencies into children here and abroad, he’s also tapping into the hearts and minds of the POC who do give a fuck about representation. The poc who will be captured by another poc scientist telling them how cool and useful science is. The little black girls and boys who are curious about nature and seeking ways to understand it in this very moment and years to come.
This difference in who’s presenting it and the audiences it will reach, people it will bring together in a way Carl Sagan as a white man couldn’t do is a huge difference. I get that Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t gonna be up there talking about the racism that occurs within Science communities or misrepresentation that goes largely ignored but at the very least his presence will stir something in the brains of people of color of all ages. I don’t know, I just see a really bright future for poc in science.
Ken, for whatever it’s worth, I’m behind you 100%. I might be one of those few white nerds that likes Neil deGrasse Tyson better than Carl Sagan.