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People Have A Lot To Say About The Scientist Who Wore A Shirt Covered In Half-Naked Women During The Comet Landing

And now a journalist who tweeted about it is being told to "jump off a cliff." Because of course.

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Yesterday, humans successfully landed a probe on a comet for the first time ever.

Here's one the first images of the comet from its surface. Yay! Woo! Science! Etc.
ESA/Rosetta/Philae/CIVA / Via esa.int

Here's one the first images of the comet from its surface. Yay! Woo! Science! Etc.

Dr Matt Taylor, the project scientist on the mission, wore this shirt during interviews in the lead-up to the landing.

(In case you can't see the shirt properly, it's covered in images of half-naked women.)
Nature News / Via youtube.com

(In case you can't see the shirt properly, it's covered in images of half-naked women.)

Some people thought it was amusing.

#cometlanding #rosetta haha legend lead scientist's shirt!

i point & shoot@Sm4nnSFollow

#cometlanding #rosetta haha legend lead scientist's shirt!

5:16 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But plenty of people were unimpressed.

and now that we know that Philae is safe (whew. yay!!), resending: Spock is not amused.

Maryn McKenna@marynmckFollow

and now that we know that Philae is safe (whew. yay!!), resending: Spock is not amused.

4:15 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I assume the lander is just saving its harpoons so it can hunt down that bearded idiot in the gross shirt.

SarcasticRover@SarcasticRoverFollow

I assume the lander is just saving its harpoons so it can hunt down that bearded idiot in the gross shirt.

6:42 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I think there were more women represented on the #shirtstorm shirt than in the mission control rooms for #CometLanding #blondscientist

Katey Alatalo@astrokateyFollow

I think there were more women represented on the #shirtstorm shirt than in the mission control rooms for #CometLanding #blondscientist

6:31 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I miss mohawk guy. There was a space-related fashion choice we could all get behind.

Ed Yong @edyong209Follow

I miss mohawk guy. There was a space-related fashion choice we could all get behind.

3:09 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A day after the landing, people are still talking about it.

yesterday saw many tweets about a shirt, couldn't find pic, figured "it can't be that bad." just found a pic... IT IS THAT BAD #CometLanding

Adrian Price-Whelan@adrianprwFollow

yesterday saw many tweets about a shirt, couldn't find pic, figured "it can't be that bad." just found a pic... IT IS THAT BAD #CometLanding

3:25 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

ESA can land their robot on a comet. But they still can’t see misogyny under their noses. And that's a problem. http://t.co/t5cCwEB1HQ

Alice Bell@alicebellFollow

ESA can land their robot on a comet. But they still can’t see misogyny under their noses. And that's a problem. http://t.co/t5cCwEB1HQ

11:59 AM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

His shirt says to women in STEM: I have no respect for you as a professional. When I look at you, I see a sex object http://t.co/ql13ZdJqLj

Katie Grasha@ktgrashaFollow

His shirt says to women in STEM: I have no respect for you as a professional. When I look at you, I see a sex object http://t.co/ql13ZdJqLj

3:32 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

That's the worst part of it. He marginalized his female colleagues as part of a fucking joke. To show how laid back he is.

Maggie Koerth-Baker@maggiekb1Follow

That's the worst part of it. He marginalized his female colleagues as part of a fucking joke. To show how laid back he is.

3:40 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Because women are your goddamn punchline. And demeaning women is a fun way to show how casual you are! How unlike stuffy stereotypes!

Maggie Koerth-Baker@maggiekb1Follow

Because women are your goddamn punchline. And demeaning women is a fun way to show how casual you are! How unlike stuffy stereotypes!

3:41 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Women say: This shirt says women aren't welcome in science. Men respond: GO KILL YOURSELF YOU HATE SEX.

Matthew R. Francis@DrMRFrancisFollow

Women say: This shirt says women aren't welcome in science.

Men respond: GO KILL YOURSELF YOU HATE SEX.

3:30 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

And now a journalist who tweeted her disapproval has been told to "jump off a cliff".

No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt. https://t.co/r88QRzsqAm

Rose Eveleth@rosevelethFollow

No no women are toooootally welcome in our community, just ask the dude in this shirt. https://t.co/r88QRzsqAm

2:22 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@bucksci @roseveleth LOL so wearing a shirt with good looking women = women abuse? You're an absolute MORON. Jump off a cliff. Please.

Coach Sahil M.@hardcore_tsFollow

@bucksci @roseveleth LOL so wearing a shirt with good looking women = women abuse? You're an absolute MORON.

Jump off a cliff. Please.

3:18 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

What @roseveleth is experiencing RIGHT NOW for tweeting about misogyny is unacceptable and far too typical

Arielle Duhaime-Ross@ArielleDRossFollow

What @roseveleth is experiencing RIGHT NOW for tweeting about misogyny is unacceptable and far too typical

3:13 PM - 13 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A scientist helpfully tweeted how the objectification of women affects a workplace.

The folks at #rosetta would do well to read articles on objectification of women and hostile work environments: http://t.co/8GXKpjEobB

Kate Clancy@KateClancyFollow

The folks at #rosetta would do well to read articles on objectification of women and hostile work environments: http://t.co/8GXKpjEobB

3:23 PM - 12 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The paper that tweet links to, published in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law in 2013, says sexual objectification results in "worse performance, more sexual harassment, and more negative emotion".

At least next time we land on a comet, Taylor now knows what shirt to wear instead.

Taylor has since apologised for wearing the shirt. He said: "I made a big mistake and I offended many people and I am very sorry about this."