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(NASA/Bill Ingalls)

Neil deGrasse Tyson Has Some Thoughts on Marriage Story‘s Misleading Title

The astrophysicist gets into it with Film Twitter.
(NASA/Bill Ingalls)

There’s something oddly comforting about the fact that noted astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson enjoys bitching about movies on Twitter just as much as we do. The Cosmos host took to Twitter to offer his highly literal take on Noah Baumbach’s critically beloved drama Marriage Story and its potentially misleading title:

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Netflix, the film’s distributor, quickly responded, positing an alternate theory for the title:

Many chimed in to respond to Tyson and to criticize the “science” of other films:

Despite the widespread mockery on Twitter, Tyson is still going on with his movie observations. Here are some more gems:

Tyson is not new to being the focus of social media attention as well as controversy. He was accused of sexual misconduct last year, and issued an apology online. He’s also been criticized in the past for favoring science over sensitivity, as seen in his inappropriate comments on school shootings.

It’s still nice to know that even world-famous scientists aren’t immune to the passionate trollery that is Film Twitter. I mean, even Dictionary.com got in on the action:

At least Tyson seems to be enjoying his dad joke based analysis of these films, and really, aren’t we all? In a world that is violently divided, where online discourse is filled with hate and vitriol, there is something almost quaint about people from walks of life coming together online to bitch about movies.

And for the people claiming his tweet was a spoiler: get over it, that movie came out last year.

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.