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A tearful Rosetta comet probe boffin has apologized after he appeared on camera wearing a shirt emblazoned with half-naked buxom women. Brit scientist Dr Matt Taylor wore the kinky attire during a live web video interview on Wednesday – as the world held its breath waiting for confirmation the Philae lander had made it to …

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  1. tkioz
    Facepalm

    Really?

    Frankly I find the shirt offensive to the eyes (all those colours! Oh my goodness! Someone tell him about the colour wheel already!) but come on, let it go people.

    1. Ledswinger Silver badge

      Re: Really?

      "Frankly I find the shirt offensive to the eyes (all those colours!"

      FFS why? Looks quite pleasant to me, given the drab that most people wear. Bloke should be given a medal for choosing something with a bit of go.

      I don't suppose that's how it will be received over at the Graun, with its ghastly hand-wringing writers, it's ghastly hand-wringing editors, and its ghastly hand-wringing readers. Mind you, will they have been able to fit it in between hand-wringing over "climate change", zero-hours, the plight of the "unemployed", and all their other liberal causes? I'd guess they probably did.

      1. Jan 0

        Re: Really?

        It looks quite pleasant to this Guardian reader too. It's a mad world where shirts mean more than attitudes and actions.

        1. SkippyBing Silver badge

          Re: Really?

          I braved the comments on the Guardian article, so you don't have to, and I'd say ~90% were supporting the guy which made me feel slightly more hopeful for our species. I'm also now committed to getting a similar shirt in case I ever have to appear on TV. I won't be apologising though.

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Guardian comments

            Short version then, a bunch of women who call themselves feminists without agreeing what feminism stands for have spotted a chance to make themselves look important by condemning a man who has extended the lifespan of the human race by a factor of millennia.

            Meanwhile, thousands of women just renounced feminism forever. The previously mentioned group will eventually hold a debate as to why, without figuring it's because most women want the species to survive.

    2. JeffyPoooh Silver badge
      Pint

      Guess who?

      (Quote)

      A. You will make sure

      - that my clothes and laundry are kept in good order;

      - that I will receive my three meals regularly in my room;

      - that my bedroom and study are kept neat, and especially that my desk is left for my use only.

      B. You will renounce all personal relations with me insofar as they are not completely necessary for social reasons. Specifically, you will forego

      -my sitting at home with you;

      -my going out or traveling with you.

      C. You will obey the following points in your relations with me:

      - you will not expect any intimacy from me, nor will you reproach me in any way;

      - you will stop talking to me if I request it;

      - you will leave my bedroom or study immediately without protest if I request it.

      D. You will undertake not to belittle me in front of our children, either through words or behavior.

    3. g e

      Re: Really?

      You know what? If just ONE of the whiners was actually cleverer than this guy....

      Oh but then they'd easily be smart enough not to whine about some contrived bullshit they imagined in their own self-important/needy/attention-seeking little heads, wouldn't they.

    4. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Really?

      Exactly what is offensive about a bunch of women wearing formal gowns and hair-do's looking elegant and feminine? I don't see feminists picking the Brit Awards when similarly clad women strut up the red carpet.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sad, y'know?

    Gawd, can The Reg get any more trivial?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Sad, y'know?

      El Reg didn't start a #shirtstorm. Feminists did.

      1. Richard Jones 1
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        Re: Sad, y'know?

        One of the major issues of the time is how easily the internet can make a non issue can become a hot topic for no reason at all. Anyone with some sort of stupid non point to make, (beyond being a fool) can start up a twit storm by simply being a twit.

        I guess the only way forward is to so flood the internet with stupid shirt pictures that the fools overload and burn out.

        1. Nick Kew Silver badge
          Pint

          Re: Sad, y'know?

          I guess the only way forward is to so flood the internet with stupid shirt pictures that the fools overload and burn out.

          Good point.

          Anyone know where I can get a shirt like that? El Reg, earn your journalists stripes and tell us!

          1. Mage Silver badge

            Re: Sad, y'know?

            Ban Twitter and Facebook and the Internet would be a more wholesome place?

            (Did I hear someone complain about porn? It's not a Internet phenomenon and unlike Twitter isn't used by BBC instead of Journalism. It's been much the same for thousands of years).

            1. Anonymous Coward
              Anonymous Coward

              Re: Sad, y'know?

              > unlike Twitter isn't used by BBC instead of Journalism

              Upvoted. :)

      2. Fibbles

        Re: Sad, y'know?

        El Reg didn't start a #shirtstorm. Feminists did.

        I wouldn't call them Feminists, I'd call them SJWs. This was about attacking something they found personally offensive, not equality.

        As a side note; the shirt was given to him as a present from a female friend.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Sad, y'know?

          Exactly. Feminists are no more a homogeneous group than 'scientists'.

          As for putting young women off science... nonsense. I know a lot of women who are very attracted to Heavy Metal and the like, and that world is full of tattoos and risque clothing. Many of these women have tattoos themselves, even tattoos of topless women.*

          Generally, these young women are more likely to trust a bloke like this than they are a smoothie in a business suit.

          Personally, I like wearing stripy shirts.

          *the math geek in me would like to see a tattoo of a naked lady on a tattoo of a naked lady on a naked lady, etc

          "Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,

          And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum.

          And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on,

          While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on."

        2. Craigness

          Re: Sad, y'know?

          @fibbles this is what feminism is about nowadays, and it's never been about equality. When they fought for voting rights men could only vote if they made themselves available to be conscripted (in many US states this is still the case), but women wanted to be a class above, and get the benefits of citizenship without any of the responsibilities. When women were 40% of university students it was an "equality" problem that feminists wanted to fix, but now men are 40% they have no desire to make men equal, and instead campaign against men's groups and men's centres on campus, whilst removing due process from men accused of sexual assault and banning the culture of straight white males (dubbed "lad culture"). They don't want equality of representation among people working in sewers, but they have got it into EU law that 40% of board members must be women, even though women's choices regarding work-life balance, and what they study at university, suggest a non-discriminatory outcome would be far lower than 40%.

          Leading, recognised feminists should take some time out from attacking men and make it absolutely clear that they oppose the people who harassed Mr Taylor over his shirt. Otherwise we will call those people feminists, and so will they themselves.

        3. Tom 13

          Re: I'd call them

          Feminazis.

          Best word ever coined to describe them. They aren't about equality. They're all about forcing everyone to conform to their viewpoint.

      3. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

        Re: Sad, y'know?

        Comment by Tim Stanley in the Telegraph...

        http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/space/11232986/Matt-Taylors-sexist-shirt-and-the-day-political-correctness-officially-went-mad.html

        "Matt Taylor's sexist shirt and the day political correctness officially went mad

        All eyes should have been on Rosetta's voyage to Philae. Instead offence-hunters were looking at a scientist's kinky shirt."

        ...

        "Imagine if these PC fetishists had been around on Twitter when we landed on the moon: “One small step for man? And one giant leap backwards for women. #sexistpigs”. Would they have reduced Neil Armstrong to tears upon his return for enforcing heteronormativity with his masculinist rhetoric about stepping? I don’t doubt it."

        ...

      4. Ken Darling

        Re: Sad, y'know?

        What's to stop feminists wearing shirts depicting half naked men?

        They really do have a bee in their bonnets, don't they.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Sad, y'know?

          > What's to stop feminists wearing shirts depicting half naked men?

          Well, it doesn't quite work like that. The shirt in question, from the images I've seen, is a Heavy Metal themed piece of attire. Depictions of scantily-clad, voluptuous young women, usually in dynamic poses, are part of the iconography of Heavy Metal (as also are depictions of topless, muscular men with long hair... typically in poses evocative of gladiators or Middle Ages "warriors").

          This is not about "I'm going to go out wearing a shirt with images of nude women on it", but about "I'm going to go out wearing a Heavy Metal shirt".

          I mean, how many of us say "I'm off to Florence to look at a statue of a naked bloke with a small dick?" How many of us complain about the ornamentation on Gothic cathedrals, often showing pretty rude scenes, such as men sucking each other's todgers, lasses spreading their legs open to show their cunts, etc.? What would the Renaissance or Gothic periods be without their peculiar motifs, of which modern tendencies are but a continuation?

          Regardless of who the guy is or isn't, complaining about suggestive pictures of women in the context of a Heavy Metal scene is completely missing the point, if not an open display of nescience.

    2. diodesign (Written by Reg staff) Silver badge

      Re: Sad, y'know?

      Well, we in the office are largely in support of the dude. He made a mistake picking that shirt; it's a bit mad for the moment. And then the internet got upset. And now he's apologized, in a heartbreaking way.

      Just throwing it out there for debate. But we're not condemning the guy.

      C.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Sad, y'know?

        > He made a mistake picking that shirt; it's a bit mad for the moment.

        Chris, I disagree with you there. The "moment" is nothing to do with choice of dress.

      2. Sarev

        Re: Sad, y'know?

        Yeah, right, El Reg - pot meet kettle... The Reg slagged off his taste in music in the article about him getting some ink.

        There's me thinking this is a tech news site for techies and here we have a clear-as-day, honest-to-god Übergeek who not only _looks_ like a geek but is actually successful and doing something worthwhile for Humanity. Here are the rest of us geeks reading this in our moderately well paid, dull as dishwater, 9-5 drudgery (for example, endlessly fixing shite code that some other muppet wrote) and what do we do when we see this guy? Criticise his taste in music/clothing. FFS.

      3. unwarranted triumphalism Bronze badge

        Re: Sad, y'know?

        'we're not condemning the guy'

        I am. He made an appalling error of judgement in a professional setting and should be fired.

        1. Paul Kinsler

          Re: an appalling error of judgement in a professional setting

          The professionalism of a scientist has precisely /nothing/ to do with how they dress.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: Sad, y'know?

          > I am. He made an appalling error of judgement in a professional setting and should be fired.

          All you have to do is work yourself up to a position where you can be his boss, then fire him. What are you waiting for? :-)

          1. Bloakey1
            Coat

            Re: Sad, y'know?

            "All you have to do is work yourself up to a position where you can be his boss, then fire him. What are you waiting for? :-)"

            Maternity leave?

            I'll get my coat.

        3. Hans 1 Silver badge
          Facepalm

          Re: Sad, y'know?

          Surely you would have fired Einstein because of his haircut.

          1. The shirt is ugly

          2. People wear what they like/want

          PS: I would have loved to see a scientist in bathrobe or a "Fuck Creationists" t ... but that's just me. Who fucking cares what these guyz wear ? It is what they have between the ears that matters ... as for you, the French have managed to reconnect nerve cells so their is hope that when you die, we will be able to transplant your unused brains to some body that will use them.

        4. fedoraman
          Go

          Re: Sad, y'know?

          Allow me to hand you the first stone ...

  3. Mitoo Bobsworth

    I would suggest...

    ...to the humourless, fatuously indignant wowsers who complained to grow a funny bone - that would be a far more productive use of their energy. Science needs character - and characters. Never apologise for being yourself. (unless you're a politician, in which case no amount of apology will redeem you.)

    1. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

      Re: I would suggest...

      Never apologise for being yourself.

      That's a very absolute statement.

    2. Vic

      Re: I would suggest...

      Never apologise for being yourself.

      Rule #32 – Enjoy the Little Things

      Vic.

      [Yes, it's just been on the telly]

  4. Zog_but_not_the_first Silver badge
    WTF?

    Just once

    I'd like to see a response that eschews the expected "deep apology, moment of madness, great regret" and delivers, "Yeah. Piss off".

    1. Voland's right hand Silver badge

      Re: Just once

      Exactly. The shirt is awful in terms of colour and graphics taste.

      Sexist - do not think so. Are the ladies in question doing the dishes, washing the floor, putting out the laundry or doing anything else which the woman "should do" according to the "woman's place is in the kitchen astrophysical theory"?

      No.

      Then move along. End of story.

  5. Adam Jarvis

    Glossy screens

    I assume he stipulates Glossy screens for his desk, to help with the reflections.

  6. Donald_D

    a rocket scientist, as such salt of that frigging earth of ours, advancing man kind, apologises for ...what? decrepit quarterwitted middle class twit concern trolls' obsessions?? comp lit/chick lit/gender shysters barely smart enough to fake it through their sham studies but surely smart enough to suck up where sucking up needs to be done in order to advance pseudo-sciencewise and get on government sponsored gravy trains??? a grown-up man, two kids, hyper smart, effective, can do, *makes do,* and they get him to sob for *hit? gold-sprinkled crapola? and the reg can't muster the ?!$$$$§?**#!$!%&#*!++$$!!!!! balls to mock that--not him--til the pest dies and festers? til all that pestilent *iss dries up and the filthy, foul, flatulent, feculent wind abates? shame on you.

    1. Davie Dee

      I got as far as " frigging earth of ours" before the words all blurred in to Chinese, any one else do better?

      1. Fibbles

        I think even amanfromMars would struggle to make sense of it.

      2. VinceH Silver badge

        I think he said the guy shouldn't have apologised, and that the people who objected to the shirt are idiots.

        And he's right - but feck me, it was hard work decyphering it!

      3. ChrisBedford

        [q]I got as far as " frigging earth of ours" before the words all blurred in to Chinese, any one else do better?[/q]

        My eyes went over the text, my brain did the OCR, but... yeah, still Chinese.

  7. dynjo

    World, get over yourself

    This guy just landed a robot on a comet billions of km away to help us understand the fundamentals of life.

    What the hell did the rest of the self righteous humourless politically correct granola eating idiots do for humanity today?

    He can wear whatever shirt he likes, period.

    1. Greg 16

      Re: World, get over yourself

      So it;s okay because he's a scientist? I'm not in the slightest bothered by the shirt, but I'm highly concerned by the double standards shown by Register commentards. If a UKIP candidate wore the shirt, would there be a similar outpouring of sympathy for the person in question to wear what they like?

      I'm not a scientist or a UKIP supporter, but when it comes to "political correctness" the rules should apply to everyone equally. Isn't that the essence of equality?

      1. deadmonkey

        Re: World, get over yourself

        Greg, I couldn't agree more and to be honest was bloody pleased to see your post here.

        I was guessing the way the comments would go, but was hoping there would be a bit more balance, but no, these days in the eyes of most reg commentards if you're brilliant you can wear what the heck you like and you should never apologise to anyone.

        I was brought up in the 70s/80s and my mum would tear a strip off me for appearing in such a shirt and for once I'd agree with her.

        Sorry if that means I'm in a minority and gets a ton of downvotes, but this stuff really can matter.

      2. Omgwtfbbqtime Silver badge

        Re: World, get over yourself

        If a UKIP candidate wore that shirt he would still be a cunt.

        No let me rephrase that... If a politician wore that shirt he/she would still be a cunt.

      3. Hans 1 Silver badge
        Facepalm

        Re: World, get over yourself

        @Greg

        ... a politician is like a sales guy, their craft is a con act which requires excellent PR - without proper attire they get nowhere, it's all they have. Now, who the fuck cares how a dev/scientist is dressed ? Right.

        Equality ? Ok, so a surgeon is supposed to wear a tuxedo to perform operations ?

        You, sir, hurt.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: World, get over yourself

          I would at least expect a bow tie for a surgeon... standards are slipping these days...

          1. Omgwtfbbqtime Silver badge
            Boffin

            Re: World, get over yourself

            Having spoken to SWMBO, the derigeur for surgeons is white wellies.

        2. Adolph Clickbait

          Re: World, get over yourself

          Top hat and tails! I'd expect nothing less.

    2. Rick Giles
      Joke

      Re: World, get over yourself

      "What the hell did the rest of the self righteous humourless politically correct granola eating idiots do for humanity today?"

      You left out 'Godless'.

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