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Bill Nye the Science Guy Tackles the Topic of Skin Colors in an Interesting New TikTok Video

Odette Odendaal
Jul 21, 2020
03:40 P.M.
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Popular “Science Guy” Bill Nye used science to explain why people have different skin colour in a new video posted barely a day ago, and it already garnered over 2 million views.


On July 18, Bill Nye posted a scientific take on the reason for people having different skin colour as his latest TikTok video, and it since went viral, already having had over 2 million views.


The 64-year-old television personality who tackled all sorts of science things as “Bill Nye The Science Guy,” began his explanation by showing a map of the continents. A colour-coded system showed the amount of ultraviolet light each region received, and it clearly showed how the levels went down the further it went from the equator.

If you’re wearing one of these, you’re protecting yourself and those around you.

Pointing to the African continent, Nye told viewers that everyone descended from there. Since its also close to the equator where the ultraviolet light is more intense, the skin is darker to help regulate the Vitamin D intake. The less intense the ultraviolet light, the lighter the skin tone would be.


“And that’s it, everybody. That’s why we have different coloured skin,” Nye concluded the short and informative clip. “But we’re all one species, but we’re not treating each other fairly. Not everyone is getting an even shake, so it’s time to change things.”

In his previous video on TikTok, Nye tackled the reason why “people in the scientific community” urge people to wear face masks amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.


Using a simple experiment, Nye showed how a face mask could be very effective in the prevention of contracting any unwanted airborne particles. Unable to blow out a candle through a “homemade” face mask, Nye said:

“It blocks the movement of air very effectively. If you’re wearing one of these, you’re protecting yourself and those around you.”


According to reports, scientific research showed that the transmission of COVID-19 went down by 85% when people committed to wearing face masks, as the virus infects through the transmission of respiratory droplets.

The virus doesn't discriminate - something some people of colour experience even within their own communities, as Jada Pinkett-Smith, revealed late in May.

Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. | Source: Getty Images.

Jada Pinkett Smith attends the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT. | Source: Getty Images.

Pinkett-Smith is lighter in colour than others of the same race within her community, and she elaborated that at times she got bullied because of it.

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