Many viewers were left appalled after viewing a clip of Netflix’s “Bill Nye Saved The World” that featured actress Rachel Bloom singing the praises of sex with strangers regardless of gender. The people behind the Emmy’s, however, have seen fit to nominate that very episode for television’s most prestigious award.
According to the full list of nominations released on Thursday, the Television Academy will consider the “Sexual Spectrum” episode of comedian Bill Nye’s science-themed show for a “Outstanding Writing For A Nonfiction Program” award.
Another episode on climate change was nominated for “Outstanding Production Design For A Variety, Nonfiction, Reality Or Reality Competition Series” award.
“It’s been a record-breaking year for television, continuing its explosive growth. We are thrilled to once again honor the very best that television has to offer,” said Television Academy Chairman Hayma Washington in a statement prefacing the announcement of nominees.
Bloom’s controversial appearance on the show went viral on social media after a clip of the “My Sex Junk” segment was posted on YouTube. Dressed in a sparkly leotard and tights, Bloom performed a song about gay sex and transgenderism that featured a man wandering onto the stage and ripping off his pants.
“Sexuality’s a spectrum, everyone is on it,” she sings. “Even you might like it if you sit up on it. Drag king, drag queen, just do what feels right.”
Nye could be seen dancing and singing along throughout the segment, and when it concluded, he heaped praise on Bloom. “That’s exactly the right message, Rachel!” he gushed.
Although he rose to fame as a children’s entertainer who made science understandable and fun to everyone, Nye has faced mounting criticism from conservatives for embracing social justice concepts that arguably are not rooted in science.
“Bill Nye lost all credibility presenting ‘scientific’ proof that biological gender doesn’t’ exist w/ this sexual spectrum light show for kids,” one Twitter user opined.