Lab Coats– Perhaps the most common stereotype about scientists is that they always wear lab coats. This is reinforced in children’s shows, where the “scientist” host wears a lab coat. They wear it everywhere, 24⁄7. Think Bill Nye, Beakman’s World, Nina and the Neurons, etc. When you see a children’s television host wearing a lab coat, you know they’re a “scientist”. Of course this reinforces the idea that scientists are the “other”. You know scientists couldn’t possibly live in your neighborhood, since you never see anyone mowing their lawn or out for a morning jog in their lab coat.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://blog.briankoberlein.com/five-gripes-about-childrens-television/