Bill Nye Invokes The ‘Streisand Effect’ To Promote ‘Climate Hustle’ Film

  • Date: 30/04/16
  • Dennis Kuzara, Watts Up With That

It looks like Bill Nye has just given Marc Morano’s film “Climate Hustle” a huge boost by bringing the Streisand Effect into full force.


The “Streisand Effect” is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. It is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware something is being kept from them, their motivation to access the information is increased.

Mike Masnick of Techdirt coined the term after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose 2003 lawsuit to remove “Image 3850″ of her beach front residence in Malibu, California and had only been viewed 6 times, resulted in the image being viewed about a half million times within a month.

Bill Nye, who wants to throw climate skeptics in the slammer, warns moviegoers to Shun Film’s 1-Day Theater Release: “I think it will expose your point of view as very much in the minority and very much not in our national interest and the world’s interest.” And U.N. Climate Scientist Michael “The End of the Climate As You Know It” Oppenheimer has also condemned the film. He claims.“Marc is a propagandist”.

What better proof of what free Streisand Effect advertising produces than some of the comments on about Bill Nye’s warnings:

Verbotene Gedanken

Thank you Bill for alerting me to this important film.
I will be attending the first showing I can get to.
I’ll buy an extra ticket and leave it for you at the window.
John Williams

Agree! I didn’t know it was coming out on May 2nd. Mandatory attendance for my family!
Verbotene Gedanken

If Bill had just kept his mouth shut…
Smitty Werben Jaegerman Jansen

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