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Jim Carrey Goes on a Twitter Rant Opposing Vaccines with Thimerosal

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | July 1, 2015 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | July 1, 2015 |

Some of you may not know this, but Jim Carrey is kind of a hippie fruitcake. He’s into new-age diets, and he has some slight conspiratorial feelings toward the government. He was on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee a few weeks ago, and I’ve never seen Jerry Seinfeld roll his eyes so much. The subtext to all of Seinfeld’s reactions were, “OK, bro: Just do the funny faces and let’s move on.”

In a celebrity, his beliefs put him outside the median. In a Mom Group in any liberal town in America, however, he’d fit right in.

All of which is to say, he’s a bit on the nutty side, and he’s ranting about a California law requiring mandatory mercury and aluminum based vaccines for all children. He shouldn’t do that. Just shut the fuck up and listen to public health officials. They may not always be right, but hey! They probably know more than the star of fucking Ace Ventura.

But, the thing is: I know that vaccines are GOOD and that ALL children should get them. But I admit that, if given the choice between a vaccine with aluminum and mercury and a vaccine without aluminum and mercury, I’d choose the latter, but if not given the choice, I’d take the vaccine that is offered because VACCINATE YOUR GODDAMN CHILDREN.

And to CLARIFY, Jim Carrey is not an anti-vaxxer. He’s only advocating against vaccines with mercury and thimerosal, although I totally understand that most people are going to miss that distinction, and therefore any rant by someone of his celebrity against vaccines — even a select few of them — is probably going to be read as a indictment of them all.

But, but … the CDC says there is “no link between thimerosal-containing vaccines and [autism], as well as no link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and [autism] in children.”

Look: I have no idea the science behind vaccines, and I wouldn’t rule out corruption between any governmental organization and private corporations (just look at the FCC and their close-links to telecom companies, as explained by John Oliver).

Regardless, the important thing here is to get your fucking children vaccinated and until something Thimerosal-free comes along, take what the goddamn doctor gives you because I don’t want your goddamn kid giving mine smallpox. The minimal risk that vaccines might pose is better than the much greater risk to everyone else posed by NOT getting a vaccine.

Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.

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