Some of the greatest wisdom seems to come out of the snarky mouths of comedians. With networks like Fox News spewing crap 24/7, we need a few more voices of reason putting people in their place–and it doesn’t hurt if they make them look like idiots in the process.
Here are 5 recent examples of comedians tearing apart anti-science nonsense:
John Oliver on miracle medicine: “Name me one case where a man named Oz claimed mystical powers and led people astray!”
While Dr Oz may be a real doctor, some of the snake-oil he peddles is not real medicine. Oz recently went before Congress to discuss his unscientific miracle drugs and openly admitted that they don’t pass “scientific muster”. John Oliver doesn’t just slam Oz, but the entire unregulated supplement industry that has put such a quack at its helm.
Samantha Bee on vaccinations: “What does consensus mean anyway? It’s just a fancy word for overwhelming majority.”
The Daily Show‘s Samantha Bee also takes a stab at the anti-medical science crazies but with a much more serious issue: vaccinations. The anti-vaxxer crowd has shown that there’s anti-science craziness on both sides of the aisle. Bee tracks the spread of this “idiocy epidemic” and the educated science-deniers that spread it:
Jon Stewart on climate change: “Keep an eye on those tricky global-warming scientist thousand-aires.”
One of the worst cases of science-denial comes from the anti-climate change crowd. Although climate scientists are overwhelmingly in agreement that man-made climate-change is occurring, there are still plenty of untrained talking-heads announcing their disagreement with the data. Some even have the gall to claim that 97% of the world’s climate scientists have been paid off (though it’s unclear by whom). Jon Stewart makes a mockery of the claims and these lavish “arctic research cruises”:
Louis CK on religious environmentalism: “If you believe God created the earth for you, why would you not have to look after it?!”
Louis CK asks a rather profound question: If the Right is largely religious, and Christians believe God created the world for them, why is the Right so often against protecting the environment? “I gave this to you motherf***er! What did you do?!”:
Stephen Colbert on creationism: “I have always been a fan of reality by majority vote.”
And speaking of religion, there are still plenty of people in this country who think their religious beliefs should trump scientific knowledge. Don McLeroy is one such believer, and unfortunately he was also on the Texas Board of Education until 2011. McLeroy, a dentist, is an outspoken creationist and worked to remove evolution from Texas textbooks. Luckily McLeroy also stopped by the Colbert Report to discuss his beliefs and, as you might expect, Colbert made him look like a fool.