Who will win in the battle between science and steak?
Steak-umm, the brand that specializes in frozen beef and hot takes, is coming for Neil deGrasse Tyson — again, this time calling out the celebrity-scientist for inciting “skepticism” among science-deniers.
In 2018, their brief beef started and ended when the Twitter account for Steak-Umm goaded, “who cares,” following a random factoid tweeted by deGrasse Tyson. The fun fact revealed that the “thirteen letters of ‘eleven plus two,’ when rearranged, also spells ‘twelve plus one,’ ” all of which amounts to the number 13.
Despite more than 76,000 likes on the anagram, Steak-umm was unimpressed with the 62-year-old astrophysicist — and still is, particularly with his professorial rhetoric.
On April 11, deGrasse Tyson asserted, “The good thing about Science is that it’s true, whether or not you believe in it.”
His tweet has since garnered 130,000 likes, one of which certainly did not come from the Steak-umm account. The purveyor of sliced steak was critical of the Hayden Planetarium director.
“Log off bro,” they urged in a retweet on Monday.
Ostensibly vexed with the popularity of deGrasse-Tyson’s tweet, Steak-Umm balked on Tuesday, “The irony of neil’s tweet is that by framing science itself as ‘true’ he’s influencing people to be more skeptical of it in a time of unprecedented misinformation.”
“Science is an ever refining process to find truth, not a dogma. No matter his intent, this message isn’t helpful,” Steak-umm added.
Their retort was praised with likes from more than 19,000 on Twitter — as one follower responded in a gustatory double entendre, “I rarely say this about steak, but well done!”
To date, deGrasse Tyson has not responded to Steak-umm’s slams.