The fantasies of the anti-vaccine crowd

I really feel bad for people who are deep into the anti-vaccine cult. It has got to be a horrible existence to have to explain away reality day after day. Vaccines do not cause autism, but they have to go to enormous lengths to try and convince themselves (and others) that vaccines do cause autism. They make really weird movies with really bad reviews. Then they show up in the comments section of the reviews to ask the reviewer how much they got paid by Big Bad Pharma to write the review. Because a mockumentary directed by a disgraced former physician who uses spliced audio as evidence of ultimate evil could not possibly get bad reviews.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, they try to convince themselves that Robert De Niro is still a supporter of the mockumentary. For example, “Tanner’s Dad” (aka “Tim”) sent out a tweet stating that Robert De Niro and his wife went to the premiere of the mockumentary:

If you can’t tell it’s a photoshopped picture, here’s a picture from the original event:

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The original event was a gala for Autism Speaks. After it was explained to Tim that the photograph was photoshopped, he claimed it was a “cruel” April Fool’s joke… One sent on April 2. Again, you have someone trying to explain away reality.

This is par for the course for the anti-vax crowd. Reality: De Niro took back his support for the quackumentary. Anti-vax Fantasy: De Niro showed up at the quackumentary’s premiere. Reality: The picture is fake. Anti-vax Fantasy: It was a cruel joke. (The equivalent to “my account’s been hacked!”)

Reality: Andrew Wakefield lost his medical license and was struck off the register. Anti-vax Fantasy: Big Pharma did it. Reality: Wakefield was trying to patent his own vaccine and discredit the existing one. AV Fantasy: Nah-nah-nah, I can’t hear you!

Seriously, pay close attention to everything the anti-vaccine cult members write or do or say. They’re constantly trying to explain away reality any way they can. I can’t imagine it’s an easy thing to do. They must be exhausted, and it must be a very scary world. At every turn, reality pops up and slaps them across the face, and they find themselves having to explain it away all over again.

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4 thoughts on “The fantasies of the anti-vaccine crowd

  1. It is not surprising AVers would make up even more stuff about “Vaxxed”? Q: How do you know an AVer is lying? A: His/her lips are moving.

  2. Vaccines do cause problems in some people just like all drugs casue some problems in some people. [Link to spammy article on anti-vaccine site removed.]

    • That is what we call a truism. You’re telling us the sky is blue. The problem with you anti-vaccine people is that you take it to an extreme. Your definition of “some” is “all”, again trying to change reality to match your reality. But, if you’re not anti-vaccine, you’ll tell us which vaccine you approve of, of course.

    • Laura, no one is claiming vaccines do not sometimes cause adverse events: only that those actually associated with routine vaccination are well understood, with adverse events that occur frequently being both transient and minor (soreness at the site of injection, low grade fever, etc.) and those that are serious being all but vanishingly rare (e.g., encephalopathy). Autism spectrum disorders have not been shown to be causally associated with routine childhood vaccination.

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