Neil deGrasse Tyson got this wrong about sex: 5 Internet brouhahas

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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson was recently corrected by others on Twitter over his statement on sex in the animal kingdom
  • Past statements about "Star Wars," Leap Day and other topics have received a backlash

(CNN)Highly respected astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has become well known for his many appearances on television, including hosting the 2014 series "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey."

He also has more than 5 million followers on Twitter, where he gives his thoughts on current events from a scientific point of view (along with random musings such as "I occasionally wonder whether the entire Universe is nothing more than a snow-globe on the living room mantle of an Alien.")
He's no Kanye West or Donald Trump, to be sure, but he has gotten his share of backlash from some of the things he's tweeted.

    1. He got sex in the animal kingdom wrong

    The most recent tweet to cause an uproar had Tyson commenting on biology.
    "If there were ever a species for whom sex hurt, it surely went extinct long ago," he wrote.
    The response was immediate, with science writer Carl Zimmer tweeting, "I think you need to read about bedbugs, sir."
    Kyle Hill, the science editor for Nerdist, tweeted a series of examples, such as "snails love getting stabbed in the head with sex spikes. And spiders go crazy for snapping their penises off."