It doesn’t take much to outrage folks these days.
It seems like there is always someone, someplace that is outraged about something.
Ironically, the latest faux outrage comes from anti-vaccine folks.
The Moral Outrage of the Anti-Vaccine Movement
“Report this Doctor – Laughing At Injured is not acceptable”
Apparently, they think that a doctor was making fun of autistic kids during a flu shot clinic at a hospital:
T: So after this shot, am I going to be good at math, Z?
Z: You’re going to be really good, because you’re going to be fully autistic, instead of just partially….
Z: You know Tom, I’m wondering if we’ve just been hit with placebo, because I didn’t feel the needle, I didn’t feel the autism coming on. None of it.
This was similar to an unscripted routine Zdogg did last year:
Z: Thomas is getting autistic as we speak, because he is full of mercury right now.
T: I can do math now. It’s awesome.
Z: That’s right. He’s gonna go gamble on the strip and clean house.
In the videos, they also talk a lot about how the flu shot is a scam by the government to control our thoughts…
Are they making fun of autistic kids or adults?
“It was a dumb joke, probably in poor taste, but it didn’t occur to me at the time because it was a live show and we were trying to be funny.”
It wasn’t funny and I’m glad he took down the video, even if it was under pressure from hospital administration and not because he really wanted to.
Joking about vaccines causing autism is offensive and no one should be doing it, even if it is call out and making fun of the folks in the anti-vaccine movement who try and associate vaccines with autism and do actually hurt autistic families.
But did he mock the father of a child who died of SUDC, within a day of getting vaccinated? A father who was carrying a copy of JB Handley’s autism book, who claims that “there is no money in dead babies,” and who is banging on the studio window during his interview with Paul Offit?
He is simply pointing out, and seemed a little excited, that he had anti-vaccine protesters at his studio for the first time.
But if anti-vaccine folks really feel outrage over this, why is it so selective?
Where is the outrage when the comments don’t come from someone who supports vaccines?
“I want to thank the warrior moms and dads. Those of you who have an autistic child, or a child who is otherwise damaged, you know the damage isn’t always clear-cut autism. Some times it is just some variation – your kids just not quite right.
That’s why I didn’t stand and say that I have an autistic child, because my kids, I tease them and say that they are brain damaged. Uh. Sorry son.”
I don’t remember any outrage over Paul Thomas’ comments or when Del Bigtree said “Eve is autistic, that’s right, otherwise, why would she have eaten the apple,” and made this statement on his show:
“When I go visit my grandma, why don’t I see any autistic people flapping in the corner of the room.”
But that isn’t even the worse thing Del has been recorded as saying…
“But I would think when you have a child with autism, you know, or on the spectrum, you have no reference point. You have no…
I don’t want this to sound wrong, but it’s a little bit more like having a dog or a Doberman or something that you don’t understand how it thinks, you don’t know. I mean, I mean a better figure than animal reference except… you don’t have their brain.
Or you hear about stories of people that bring home of exotic you know of chimpanzee or something where they can’t, and this is not sounding right.”
At least he didn’t want it to sound wrong…
“They get the shot. That night they have a fever of 103. They go to sleep, and three months later their brain is gone. This is a holocaust, what this is doing to our country.”
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr
The anti-vaccine world is full of talk of autistic kids being broken and damaged, they push dangerous and expensive “cures” on parents, and spread propaganda to scare parents away from vaccinating and protecting their kids.
As a physician, I assure you this story isn’t believable at any level. In my opinion, the “health officials” are conjuring meningitis fairy tales about an “unvaccinated” boogeyman to cover for the much more probable cause of this child’s death: VACCINES.
The much more likely cause is right in front of us: “The child had just received his 4-month-old vaccinations two days beforehand.”
Jim Meehan, for example, is so upset that he thinks Zdogg should lose his medical license, but he had no problem harassing the family of an infant who had just died of meningitis, claiming it was a cover up for a vaccine injury.
Have I mentioned that some of them lie about religious and medical exemptions to avoid getting their kids vaccinated and protected? And others sell those vaccine exemptions?
“A Clallam County woman in her 20s died this year from an undetected measles infection discovered only after an autopsy, state health officials said Thursday. The case is the first confirmed measles death in the U.S. in 12 years.
The woman was likely exposed to the highly contagious infection at a local medical center during a recent outbreak in Clallam County. She was at the site at the same time as someone who later developed a rash and was determined to be contagious for measles.”
Undetected measles led to death of Clallam County woman in her 20s
Those of us who understand the hypocrisy of the anti-vaccine movement know exactly where it is.
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