Sir Tim Hunt, a 72-year-old British biochemist and Nobel Prize-winner, got in trouble with the Internet law this week for a comment he made at the World Conference of Science Journalists in South Korea.
Maybe you are the distraction, pal. (via Wikipedia)
"Three things happen when [women] are in the lab: You fall in love with them, they fall in love with you and when you criticize them, they cry."
Oh really? Not surprisingly, women—particularly female scientists—were annoyed by this comment, especially considering how seriously underrepresented women are in science.
Hunt kinda sorta apologized (he said he stood by his words but saying them was "a very stupid thing to do in the presence of all those journalists") and resigned from his job as an honorary professor at University College London.