In light of the discussion that began here a few days ago regarding part of Bill Prady’s keynote address at TAM7, Mr Prady has issued the following clarification:
While I don’t have time to engage in a long discussion about my remarks, I feel it’s necessary to clarify that my advice for a skeptical man attempting to pick up an astrology-believing woman would have also been my advice for a skeptical woman attempting to pick up an astrology-believing man.
I won’t defend attempts at humor that may have fallen flat, but I will say that the gender of the individuals in my hypothetical situation was not at issue, my point had to do with how skeptical individuals might proceed in a social situation.
While I may still have quibbles with the tone of the clips, and how the joke sat in that context, overall, I am satisfied with what he has to say. It seems consistent with what many of us perceived as his misreading of his audience, and, as I have maintained throughout this discussion, does not in any way invalidate his larger point about being a skeptic without being an asshole; a topic which I very much look forward to hearing his further thoughts on in the future. I also appreciate that he felt it was an important enough problem to take the time to address it.