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Sunday, July 28, 2019


In The Politics of Autism, I analyze the discredited notion that vaccines cause autism.

At The Daily Beast, Jordan Julian writes about antivaxx celebrity Rob Schneider:
On Thursday he wrote on Twitter, “Dear @LorenaSGonzalez respectfully, either accept my offer to debate you on the merits of sb276 or refuse and kill this awful piece of Government OverReach and admit that the PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN and want to KEEP MEDICAL DECISIONS MADE BY PARENTS NOT FACELESS BUREAUCRATS.”
Based on the comedian’s liberal use of Caps Lock, I can’t say I blame Gonzalez for not taking him up on his offer.
As it turns out, Schneider and Gonzalez have a years-long history of feuding. In response to Schneider’s pushback against her 2015 bill, Gonzalez tweeted a photo of herself on the phone with the caption, “I’m calling back @RobSchneider to discuss the FACTS around #measles #immunizations and our #CAleg bill.” This isn’t even the first time he has challenged her to a debate. As highlighted in a 2017 John Oliver segment, she once responded to the actor’s foolish request on Facebook, writing, “Let’s be honest…that is 20 minutes of my life I’ll never get back arguing that vaccines don’t cause autism with Deuce Bigalow, male gigolo.”
Schneider says that's he is not anti-vaxx.

Marianne Williamson says that she is not anti-vaxx.

Bonkers Florida  Congressman Bill Posey says that he is not anti-vaxx.

Jenny McCarthy says that she is not anti-vaxx.

RFK Jr. says that he is not anti-vaxx.

And even Trump says that he is not anti-vaxx.

In fact, most antivaxxers say that they aren't anti-vaxx.