Steak-umms Fries Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter

April 13th, 2021 3:09 PM

Steak-umms and Tyson are beefing. Not the frozen chicken nuggets brand. Rather, it’s the famous (and infamously insufferable) astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the two are hashing it out over matters of epistemology, the validity and scope of scientific fact, and its correspondence with objective truth. 

The twitter feud began with Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeting “The good thing about Science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in it." This declaration could be a dig at COVID-deniers or anti-vaxers or climate deniers. Or it could just be Tyson being a jerk. In comic fashion, the beef vendor decided to weigh in on the matter:

Steak-umms further clarified their disagreement with Tyson’s stance:

A Twitter User commented on the fact that a steak company responding to Tyson in such a manner seemed out of character and wrote “You must have changed social media personnel.”

Steak-umms served yet another impressive reply: “Nope. Science itself isn't "true" it's a constantly refining process used to uncover truths based in material reality and that process is still full of misteaks. Neil just posts ridiculous sound bites like this for clout and he has no respect for epistemology.”

The frozen cheesesteak brand makes a great point. Steak-umms eloquently calls out the harm and elitism of science absolutism so often displayed by types like Tyson. In the past, Tyson has completely discredited and questioned the intelligence of those who do not wholeheartedly subscribe to what he considers the unquestionable scientific truth, deeming them ‘irresponsible and willingly putting people’s lives at risk.’ His intolerant adherence to a scientific creed in actuality opposes the very nature of science.

The rest of the scientific community soon took notice and came to back Steak-umms up. A Dr. Tori Delaine and Kishore Hari, a science advocate and community organizer also chimed in:

Tyson referred Steak-umms to a scientific paper of his from four years ago which ultimately agrees with Steak-umms position, and he has not responded since. 

Steak-umms, though just a company that sells thinly-sliced frozen steaks, has administered with impressive flair a powerful criticism of someone whom many consider to be a scientific authority. Nor is it the first time. Steak-umms and Tyson have been engaged in “a beef three years in the making.” 

Godspeed, Steak-umms. We salute you.