Mike Rowe Hammers Woman Who Wants Him Fired For Being ‘Ultra-Right Wing Conservative’

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Mike Rowe is simply one of my favorites out there. I watch his show “How The Universe Works” on the Science Channel all the time. He is a very calm, measured, reserved man.

He’s very intelligent and well-spoken. Rowe can take a detractor down on social media in glorious fashion. He has perfected the art of subtly twisting the knife in the side of critics with calm, cool language. He used his ninja-like social media skills this week when a woman criticized his politics on Facebook.

The woman, Rebecca Bright, called Rowe an “anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative” who should be fired. Rowe did not take that lightly.

“I love the show How the Universe Works, but I’m lost on how the producers and the Science Channel can allow anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative Mike Rowe to narrate the show,” Bright wrote, according to Rowe. “There are countless scientists that should be hired for that, or actors, if you must, that believe in education and science that would sound great narrating the show, example: Morgan Freeman. Cancel this fools contract and get any of your scientists so often on the show to narrate it.” Spoken like a true fascist.

I can’t do Rowe justice trying to parse what he said for you, so I will be laying it out here. He’s obviously very knowledgeable on the subject and he takes this woman down with nothing but calm and kindness:

Well hi there, Rebecca. How’s it going?

First of all, I’m glad you like the show. “How the Universe Works” is a terrific documentary series that I’ve had the pleasure of narrating for the last six seasons. I thought this week’s premiere was especially good. It was called, “Are Black Holes Real?” If you didn’t see it, spoiler alert….no one knows!!!

It’s true. The existence of Black Holes has never been proven. Some cosmologists are now convinced they don’t exist at all, and the race to prove their actuality has become pretty intense. Why? Because so much of what we think we know about the cosmos depends upon them. In other words, the most popular explanations as to how the universe actually works, are based upon the existence of a thing that no one has been able to prove.

As I’m sure you know, it’s OK to make assumptions based on theories. In fact, it’s critical to progress. But it’s easy these days to confuse theory with fact. Thanks to countless movies and television shows that feature Black Holes as a plot device, and many documentaries that bring them to life with gorgeous CGI effects and dramatic music, a lot of people are under the assumption that Black Holes are every bit as real as the Sun and the Moon. Well, maybe they are, and maybe they aren’t. We just don’t know. That’s why I enjoyed this week’s show so much. It acknowledged the reasons we should question the existence of something that many assume to be “settled science.” It invited us to doubt.

Oftentimes, on programs like these, I’m asked to re-record a passage that’s suddenly rendered inaccurate by the advent of new information. Sometimes, over the course of just a few days. That’s how fast the information changes. Last year for instance, on an episode called “Galaxies,” the original script – carefully vetted by the best minds in physics – claimed there were approximately one hundred billion galaxies in the known universe. A hundred billion! (Not a typo.) I couldn’t believe it when I read it. I mean, the Milky Way alone has something like 400 billion stars! Andromeda has a trillion! How many stars must there be in a universe, with a hundred billion galaxies? Mind-boggling, right?

Well, a few weeks later, the best minds in physics came together again, and determined that the total number of galaxies in the universe was NOT in fact, a hundred billion. They were off. Not by a few thousand, or a few million, or few billion, or even a few hundred billion. They were off by two trillion. That’s right…TWO TRILLION!! But here’s the point, Rebecca – when I narrate this program, it doesn’t matter if I’m correct or incorrect – I always sound the same. And guess what? So do the experts.

That was far kinder than this moonbat deserved and Rowe wasn’t done. He slowly maneuvered around the point that Rebecca wanted him fired because he doesn’t “believe in education and science,” and it gets brutal:

When I wrote about this discrepancy, people became upset. They thought I was making fun of science. They thought I was suggesting that because physicists were off by one trillion, nine hundred billion galaxies, all science was suddenly suspect, and no claims could be trusted. In general, people like you accused me of “doubting science.” Which is a curious accusation, since science without doubt isn’t science at all.

This is an important point. If I said I was skeptical that a supernatural being put us here on Earth, you’d be justified in calling me a “doubter of religion.” But if I said I was skeptical that manmade global warming was going to melt the icecaps, that doesn’t make me a “doubter of science.” Once upon a time, the best minds in science told us the Sun revolved around the Earth. They also told us the Earth was flat, and that a really bad fever could be cured by blood-letting. Happily, those beliefs were questioned by skeptical minds, and we moved forward. Science is a wonderful thing, and a critical thing. But without doubt, science doesn’t advance. Without skepticism, we have no reason to challenge the status quo. Anyway, enough pontificating. Let’s consider for a moment, your very best efforts to have me fired.

You’ve called me an “ultra-right wing conservative,” who is both “anti-education,” and “science-doubting.” Interestingly, you offer no proof. Odd, for a lover of science. So I challenge you to do so now. Please provide some evidence that I am in fact the person you’ve described. And by evidence, I don’t mean a sentence taken out of context, or a meme that appeared in your newsfeed, or a photo of me standing next to a politician or a talk-show host you don’t like. I mean actual proof of what you claim I am.

Also, please bear in mind that questioning the cost of a college degree does not make me “anti-education.” Questioning the existence of dark-matter does not make me a “dark-matter denier.” And questioning the wisdom of a universal $15 minimum wage doesn’t make me an “ultra-right wing conservative.” As for Morgan Freeman, I agree. He’s a terrific narrator, and a worthy replacement. But remember, Morgan played God on the big screen. Twice. Moreover, he has publicly claimed to be a “believer.” (gasp!) Should this disqualify him from narrating a series that contradicts the Bible at every turn? If not, why not?

Anyway, Rebecca, my beef with your post comes down to this – if you go to my boss and ask her to fire me because you can’t stand the sound of my voice, I get it. Narrators with unpleasant voices should probably look for other work anyway, and if enough people share your view, no hard feelings – I’ll make room for Morgan. But if you’re trying to get me fired simply because you don’t like my worldview, well then, I’m going to fight back. Partly because I like my job, and partly because you’re wrong about your assumptions, but mostly because your tactics typify a toxic blend of laziness and group-think that are all too common today – a hot mess of hashtags and intolerance that deepen the chasm currently dividing our country.

Re-read your own post, and think about your actual position. You’ve publicly asked a network to fire the narrator of a hit show because you might not share his personal beliefs. Don’t you think that’s kind of…extraordinary? Not only are you unwilling to engage with someone you disagree with – you can’t even enjoy a show you claim to love if you suspect the narrator might not share your view of the world! Do you know how insular that makes you sound? How fragile?

I just visited your page, and read your own description of you. It was revealing. It says, “I stand my ground. I fear no one & nothing. I have & will fight for what’s right.”

Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t think the ground you’re standing on is worth defending. If you truly fear “no one & nothing,” it’s not because you’re brave; it’s because you’re unwilling to expose yourself to ideas that frighten you. And while I can see that you like to fight for what you think is “right” (in this case, getting people fired that you disagree with,) one could easily say the same thing about any other misguided, garden-variety bully.

In other words, Rebecca, I don’t think you give a damn about science. If I’m wrong, prove it. Take a step back and be skeptical about your own assumptions. Take a moment to doubt your own words, and ask yourself – as any good scientist would – if you’ve got your head up a black hole.

Having said all that, I think you’re gonna love next week’s episode. It’s called Multiple Stars! Check it out, Tuesdays at 10pm, on Science.


Yeah, that’s going to leave a mark. My hat is off once again to Mike Rowe. You sir, are an intellectual’s intellectual. You deliver a written blow that kills bullies and haters effortlessly. Nice. I highly recommend “How The Universe Works” on the Science Channel. I watch that channel almost every night these days to get away from ugly politics. It’s cathartic. Just like Mike Rowe is.

Sources: Daily Caller, Washington Times

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  1. Einar R. Petersen says

    Rebecca Bright isn’t very…

  2. Jan says

    She is nothing more than just another liberal coward hiding behind her keyboard.

  3. James Wright says

    Mike doing intellectual battle with the likes of Rebecca is like doing battle with an unarmed person. She doesn’t like Mike because his IQ dwarfs her own so he must be fired. These people need to crawl back under their rock and stay there. Beam me up…

  4. Rosilynn Russell says

    Awesome Job! . . Again Mike, Totally You Rock!!
    Even In the Science World From A So Called . .”Black Hole . . Know All/See All Bitch”!!!
    Love Your Mind and Fantastic Look At Life! ❤️

  5. Uncle Bob says

    I Stand With Mike Rowe, He is Awesome.

  6. M Tisdale says

    Mike, you rock! I love it when a person is able to tell a jerk to go to hell in such a nice kind way that the jerk is smiling and happy as they exit stage left!

  7. Robert Ocanas says

    Thank you Mike ,,, for all you do for ,”WE THE PEOPLE”!

  8. Jimmy "Higgs" says

    I have always enjoyed Mr. Rowe in all he’s ever done. What I really respect about Mr. Rowe is how he can take the “high road” and still “stick it” to anyone who criticizes and/or challenges him about such thinks like this. This person who called for Mr. Rowe’s “firing” just because she doesn’t like his political beliefs shows the pathetic state we’re in in America…the divisiveness perpetuated upon this nation has brought out a rash of pathetic immature pettiness. Hats off to you Mr. Rowe, classy as always.

  9. DAVID MARNEY says

    Mike is a fav. of everyone we know.

  10. Bill says

    I have never understood why these ultra-liberals think anyone who disagrees with their beliefs are uneducated, knuckle-dragging, throwbacks. Based on the comments I have read by both liberals and conservatives, the liberals are the ones who wasted their school time.

  11. Sharon says

    luv it.

  12. Nolan Wilcox says

    Mike Rowe is my real life hero .I would love to be able to graciously cut someone to ribbons that has insulted my integrity or my voracity .I tend to be more along the line of a chop them up and spit em out type of person . I totally respect his mastery of the language as a deadly weapon.

  13. don lavrich says

    way to go mike. this liberal deserved what she got. liberalism is a mental disorder, and needs to be irradicated, like destroying cancer cells!

  14. Waclaw says

    Unfortunately, many people have their heels dug in so firmly that it becomes counterproductive to
    present my reasons for disagreeing. Surprisingly, I have one Liberal friend who listens to my arguments, and
    I listen to his. It is the most rewarding experience I could wish for. It keeps me honest and prevents me from
    becoming stuck in my assumptions while giving him something to think about.

  15. Julia says

    Mike Rowe’s a genius..AND an impressive wordsmith. Well done!

  16. srw says

    How many people have lost their job just because of a petty person who objects to someone beliefs…. tho it does not interfere with their job. Check out our education systems. Can’t say male.. female.. we us they i you.. Mr. … Mrs. Miss…. Losing our right to run our business as we wish. Our children are being forced into political correctness … the political correctness of a small bunch of petty … controling the lives of others. All changing our values.. our futures for our children and our country.

  17. David says

    Liberalism is a disease. I don’ t know if they wii ever be cured.

  18. Stan says

    Nice comeback by Mike Rowe, nice article. Thanks, Randall.

    Rebecca’s rant most be in particular about the Anthropogenic Global Warming issue. I wonder if and when she will ever understand that that meme has been provided by the Trilateral Commission, in order for the NWO crowd to take over the planet, and put it under the thumb – or rather, the foot – of the very people that she would apparently despise, if she ever understood how these things work. But, live and learn.

    And best, really, to keep a skeptical mind in it all, Rebecca. Question everything. You”ll be better off, in the long run, if you do.

    Now, about how many galaxies there are in the known universe. And that’s just the KNOWN universe…

  19. Tom says

    I’d hazzard a guess that Rebecca Bright either has a middle name or her oldest child is named, ‘Notso’.

  20. jackcandobutwont says

    Dear Rebecca…GFYS….or better yet, come on over and i will grab that gaping puZZy of yours!!\


    1. john says

      you are not helping

  21. Kevin Seitz says

    If only I could be so eloquent when addressing false accusations coming from leftist buffoons…

  22. Richard A Baker says

    She probably prefers the Ptolemaic view of the our universe.

  23. John says

    Amazing. Well Done.

  24. Ellie says

    Many of the atheistic elites of the most prestigious higher learning institutions of the west embraced communism and Marxism early in the 20th century. The ideology spread quickly through the Ivy League schools of the US and those schools began indoctrinating the nation’s future leaders into far left ideology. As the concept caught on more and more far left activist professionals were pumped into positions of power throughout the country. During the 60’s the far left activist lawyers and judges that came out of those schools gained majorities in the highest courts in the land and began enforcing their agenda on the country through the courts. A leftist activist does not operate by logic or statistical analysis. They are about pure party line and agenda. They walk in lockstep never thinking for themselves. The far left elites use sensationalism and prey on emotions in order to get the under educated and misinformed addicted to their agenda. When you see these people making statements that are not based upon truth or any kind of proven fact you know that your dealing with an ideologue that simply promotes the taking points they have been given by the party propaganda pushers. Study the leftist takeovers of history! They are using all the same tactics only in a more “progressive” manner. It’s only taken 50 years of them “progressively” taking over all of education to bring us to this point!

  25. Grateful says

    Mike Rowe is old school and this type of critical thinking needs to be brought back in school! Even the parents are so dumb down that they can’t even teach it to their children. Thank God for grandparents… But old school grandparents are dying off.. We are at the end of that line. Then what? Put down the iPhone andread above your level and keep Android… Read an actual book! Challenge yourself and keep going. You don’t have to go to college to teach yourself. My grandfather bought every college book at yard sales he could find. Self taught, open mind self created millionaire as well. Don’t let anyone tell you you are not good enough, or you are ignorant because you don’t have a college degree! There are ways around everything… Unless excuse is your middle name.

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