Famous TV astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was doing damage control after getting blowback over a tweet he sent out following two mass shootings over the weekend.
The AP reports that Tyson “apologized Monday for a Sunday tweet in which he noted more people died in less attention-getting ways in the same two-day period as a pair of mass shootings.”
Tyson’s tweet concluded with: “Often our emotions respond more to spectacle than to data.”
The report notes that the tweet trended on Twitter and prompted outrage, with critics saying the message was tone-deaf.
“Tyson said on Facebook that he ‘miscalculated’ how the tweet would be perceived and ‘genuinely believed’ it would be helpful to ‘anyone trying to save lives in America,'” the AP reports.