So-called “researchers” are being mocked on social media for accusing Discovery’s Shark Week series of lacking diversity and overrepresenting “white men” named Mike.
Lisa Whitenack, a biology professor at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, used to watch Shark WeekAccording to a report from, she was a child who enjoyed sharks as an activity every summer. Washington Post.
Whitenack eventually figured out that scientists are overwhelmingly on Whitenack’s side. Shark Week were men.
“I didn’t see very many people that looked like me on television,” Whitenack lamented.
In 2020, lockdowns were in effect to combat the Chinese coronavirus. The professor used that opportunity to examine the series. Whitenack then led a group of researchers that looked at hundreds of cases. Shark WeekEpisodes that were aired from 1988 to 2020.
A professor was interested in finding out whether Shark Week was giving its audience the wrong messages about sharks, and what type of people were studying the sharks on the show.
Last month, the Public Library of Science published a study claiming that Discovery’s programming has emphasized negative messages about sharks, lacked useful messaging about shark conservation, and overwhelmingly featured white males as the experts on sharks.
Many of these scientists also were called Mike.
David Shiffman from Arizona State University, who is a conservationist, was co-author. Shark WeekIt featured white experts and commentators. “Mike”They are less than the women.
“When there are hundreds of people of color interested who work in this field, [and] when my field is more than half women, maybe it’s not an accident anymore that they’re only featuring white men,”Shiffman claimed.
The revelations were mocked by social media users who laughed at the so-called “shockers”. “researchers”An accusation Shark Weekof racial bias. One of the reactions also came from television host Mike Rowe, who noted that he is one of those Mike’s under attack for being on the show
“As a white male named Mike who hosted Shark Week more than once, this headline caught my eye in the @washingtonpost,”He stated. “I have not yet had my coffee, or time to formulate a cogent response, but in the course of promoting a new season of Dirty Jobs, (Sunday at 8pm on Discovery,) I suspect I might be asked to respond specifically to this headline.”
“If you have any thoughts or suggestions, please leave them in the comments below,”Rowe was also mentioned. “Unless of course, you’re a white guy named Mike. I think we’ve all heard quite enough from you…”
“Gotta wonder how former Shark Week host, Mike Tyson, is taking the news…”Rowe ended.
‘Shark Week’Scientists claim that there is insufficient diversity and overrepresentation of white men called Mike
Hey guys, this isn’t parody, it’s “sCIEeNCe!” https://t.co/L3KSfWbT3G
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 6, 2022
Some others took to social media and declared that they had initially believed the same thing. Washington PostPiece was humor.
It was funny to me. It’s not.
It is this that you are looking for “academic research”It is all too common.
‘Shark Week’ lacks diversity, overrepresents men named Mike, scientists say https://t.co/QvDqJmVfce
— Brian Lilley (@brianlilley) December 6, 2022
“When you say ‘trust the science’ then you follow up with ‘Shark week is racist because of white men named Mike’, you’ve officially lost all future arguments about science,”A second Twitter user pointed out.
“I love you guys at the Washington Post — Diversity and inclusion are important in this time of seeking justice. This story sounds like a Babylon Bee satire. You should have taken a pass on it,”One WaPo Fan advised.
“All of you at the Washington Post are a bunch of f****** [email protected] Shark Week is now racist because too many white guys talk about it ? WTF is wrong with you people ? Seriously ! There are far more important things to talk about. Do your job and Report real news ypu racists f*cks,”One user on Twitter reacted.
It is described in the article “scientists say”Because a boring biology professor watched Shark Week episodes hundreds of times and created a spreadsheet listing the genders and races of Shark Week hosts. https://t.co/ypqkd6EX5u
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) December 6, 2022
This stuff is impossible to make up. https://t.co/nZPL8E2A9W
— Wayne DuPree (Shadow-Banned) 🇺🇸 (@WayneDupreeShow) December 7, 2022
They are using the name’researchers” to replace the word “experts”, after having utterly destroyed it
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) December 6, 2022
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