Neil deGrasse Tyson apologizes for weird tweet about death linked to mass shootings
Neil deGrasse Tyson has learned after a tweet that pointing out truths is not always helpful.
The astrophysicist and author apologized Monday for a Sunday tweet in which he noted more people died in less attention-getting ways in the same two-day period as a pair of mass shootings.
In the past 48hrs, the USA horrifically lost 34 people to mass shootings.— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 4, 2019
On average, across any 48hrs, we also lose…
500 to Medical errors
300 to the Flu
250 to Suicide
200 to Car Accidents
40 to Homicide via Handgun
Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.
He concluded his tweet with: "Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data." The tweet trended on Twitter and prompted outrage of being tone-deaf in nature.
Tyson said on Facebook that he "miscalculated" how the tweet would be perceived and "genuinely believed" it would be helpful to "anyone trying to save lives in America."
TweetStorm. [Text: 270 words]https://t.co/pMcvOS6hYH— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) August 5, 2019
The science commentator has hosted several TV series, including Nova. He's known for such bestselling books as Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.