The Best Late Night Bit Ever (on Vaccines)

February 28th, 2015
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Rarely do I create a post just to show off a video, much less a comedy video from a late night television show.  However, this bit from Jimmy Kimmel Live is great.  It’s about vaccines and it’s funny and on point.

I think my favorite thing about this is that the message to vaccinate kids and opposition to the anti-vaccine movement is making such a strong showing in the mainstream media.  While late night talk shows aren’t exactly the best place to get information, they are a good reflection on cultural trends.  Putting out the pro-vaccine message on science blogs and even in the news media is great and should be encouraged.  However, it is a huge step when it starts to enter more of our culture and media.

Ridicule is also a important weapon in opposing anti-science rhetoric and quackery.  There is nothing wrong with calling an idea stupid when it is, in fact, stupid, and sometimes putting it in its place with appropriate ridicule is the best way of driving the point home.  There’s also good reason why humor is used in so many advertisements.  Humor gets people’s attention and helps make the message memorable.

Here’s the clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live.  It’s fantastic.


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13 Responses to “The Best Late Night Bit Ever (on Vaccines)”

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    DV82XL Says:

    Thanks for posting this. We need more of that.


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    Gordon Says:

    We do need more of that. It gets the right message across.


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    Alan(UK) Says:

    That was too near the truth to be funny.


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    L.Long Says:

    That is so very true!!! The parents should not be allowed to see doctors because they KNOW they are quacks.


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    DV82XL Says:

    There are a growing number of pediatric clinics around here that post signs to the effect that if you won’t vaccinate without a valid reason, go elsewhere.


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    DV82XL Says:

    Jimmy Kimmel’s Update on the Anti-Vaccination Discussion


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    BMS Says:

    And then there’s this.

    This blond woman is actually funnier than Kimmel. If you can make it past the part where she says (at the 1:10 mark), “But … in all seriousness, most people who are gluten intolerant are gluten intolerant probably because of these vaccines …” without laughing out loud, you have far more willpower than me.


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    DV82XL Says:

            BMS said:

    And then there’s this.

    This level of uninformed stupidity beggars belief and far from seeing the humor in it, I see it and the many other examples like it, as harbingers of a coming societal breakdown of Toynbian proportions. The rational center cannot hold, and history shows that it will be the first to be swept away in the storm. We are looking into the abyss, my friends.


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    Shafe Says:

            BMS said:

    And then there’s this.

    Aww, she disabled comments!! I can’t imagine why.


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    Just The Truth Plz Says:

    I am sure my message will be deleted, but just look at the info that is out there. hit up Google. The industry funds liars like this but the research shows different. Many thousands hurt by autism for vaccines. Also, look up the CD cure. Vaccines are the worst thing that ever happened to manklind, but there is a cure and wth CD autism can be cured!


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    DV82XL Says:

            Just The Truth Plz said:

    I am sure my message will be deleted,

    Na, it will stay up. It’s good to show everyone just how intellectually bankrupt the antivax movement is. It really doesn’t matter what nutbars like you think, because in the long run you just don’t count, and the issue is not that the majority of those rejecting vaccinations believe the nonsense about autism. No the real problem is that there is a group of people self-identify as iconoclasts that have found themselves pressed against the wall because they are committed to a point of view that they cannot abandon because it would make them look (in their own minds) like fools.

    The root cause is not the rubbish that nitwits like you believe, but the fact that there is a small possibility that some kid has a bad allergic reaction, and it becomes an issue of risk versus benefit. Parents are asking why should they take the small risk of the vaccine if the disease isn’t around. It unfortunately is going to take a major epidemic like the Polio epidemic of the 1950′s to swing this around, and when it does, idiots like you will go back to shouting into the wind.


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    Fabio Barbieri Says:

    DV82XL,

    You will probably not remember, but I have disagreed with you in the past. About three or four year ago, I can’t recall exactly. But I haven’t found them anymore… Comments, perhaps ‘depleted’…:)

    And it was about GMO’s and Monsanto! Do you recall that? We had a big argument!

    How do you feel about that same issue today? Has your mind changed?

    Regards,

    Fabio Barbieri


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    DV82XL Says:

            Fabio Barbieri said:

    DV82XL,
    You will probably not remember, but I have disagreed with you in the past. About three or four year ago, I can’t recall exactly. But I haven’t found them anymore… Comments, perhaps ‘depleted’…:)
    And it was about GMO’s and Monsanto! Do you recall that? We had a big argument!
    How do you feel about that same issue today? Has your mind changed?
    Regards, Fabio Barbieri

    There is a small city’s worth of people that have disagreed with me in the past and who I have argued with, you will excuse me if the one I had with you doesn’t stand out in my mind. Nothing is ever deleted by the owner of these pages from the comments unless it is outright spam, if you posted here in the past, it will still be up.

    If you want to reopen the discussion, post in one of the GMO threads, as it would be off topic here and I will see it as I follow all of the one on that topic.


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