It’s all over Twitter and even the creator of Harry Potter said the exchange validates the existence of the social media platform: Renowned astrophysicist Katie Mack posted the most elegant, yet powerful response to a climate doubter that tried to attack her credibility.
The exchange started when Mack tweeted the following:
Honestly climate change scares the heck out of me and it makes me so sad to see what we're losing because of it.— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) August 15, 2016
Right away, she got an answer from Twitter user @gary4205, whose bio reads: Texan, Conservative Activist, Record Holding DragRacer, Editor & Publisher A Time For Choosing.
But Mack hit back with grace and elan:
I dunno, man, I already went and got a PhD in astrophysics. Seems like more than that would be overkill at this point.— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) August 16, 2016
The astrophysicist, who is based at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and has done research on issues such as dark matter, black holes, and cosmic strings at Caltech, Princeton, and Cambridge, says she is passionate about doing science outreach both through traditional means such as publishing articles in journals and magazines, and on social media.
This latest Twitter encounter got her 5,647 retweets and 16,100 likes on just a couple of tweets.
Haters continued to blast her:
if climate change worries you so much maybe you should stop being a "connoisseur of airplane food" as a first step...hm.— Sissi Adamski (@nerdess) August 17, 2016
But apparently trolls were outnumbered by defenders, including author J.K. Rowling, the creator of Harry Potter.
this is tweet of the Year! which emoji best describes your facial expression whilst u were typing that burn: 🙄🤑😌😴😔😏— Scotty Fin (@FinScotty) August 16, 2016
It got to the point where Mack actually had to defend poor Gary from a growing onslaught. At the same time, she found herself declining invitations to enter politics.