Paul Feig’s diverse body of work just got a little wackier, as he is now at the helm of a petition to reclassify Pluto as a planet. The writer/director of “Bridesmaids” and “Freaks and Geeks” also recently embarked on a journey through space with his new Yahoo series “Other Space.” His new galactic quest has obviously inspired and cultivated a genuine interest in our solar system, as he and Trace Beaulieu of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” are pressuring the International Astronomical Union to change their definition of what constitutes as a planet.
After the New Horizons mission this week succeeded in capturing the most detailed, topographical images of Pluto to date, interest in the tiny outlier has never been greater. The baseline argument here is that if Pluto does not classify as a planet because of its distance from the sun, then Earth would get the same declassification if it were at said distance as well. And thanks to this definition, future generations have lost millions of dollars in space exploration funding.
You can learn more about the petition at change.org, and join the fight to make Pluto a planet again!