Will autism-vaccine links hurt Jim Carrey, Mr. Popper’s Penguins? (Morning Read)

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A healthcare backlash against Jim Carrey? I didn’t stop watching Tom Cruise movies because of his bizarre behavior and Scientology background. I didn’t stop listening to the Dixie Chicks after their 9/11 comments. But every time I see an ad for Mr. Popper’s Penguins I can’t get Jim Carrey’s ludicrous vaccine perspectives out of my head. And that cuts down on the chances I’ll take my kids to see the movie, too.

Unfortunately, opinions about medical research and science don’t have the show-stopping clout that religion or politics have. But maybe that time is changing. Carrey’s comments – teamed with those of Jenny McCarthy and other vaccine denialists – did more damage than the Dixie Chicks or Tom Cruise. Vaccinations dropped, exposure to mumps and other preventable diseases have increased in recent years.

Maybe that’s why it’s hard to get the Carrey-Popper-autism connection out of my head. This is a kids movie. Carrey’s vaccine statements did real damage to children.

Plus, the timing for Carrey couldn’t be worse. Bill Gates and the UK have just announced they’ll spend $2.3 billion to proliferate vaccinations worldwide.

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By Chris Seper MedCity News

Chris Seper is the CEO at MedCity Media, which publishes MedCityNews.com. He is also a senior writer at MedCity News. Reach him at [email protected]
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Shannon Primer
Shannon Primer

Nope, but Tom Cruises scientology and John Travolta's denial of Jett's Autism did keep me out of the the theatre. Jim's awesome support of our community makes me MORE likely to attend! I<3 Jim!!! Thanks Jim for everything, it will never be forgotten!!!

tomtom
tomtom

Scientology is anti-vaccine Dr Jay Gordon Jim and Jenny's Anti-vaccine guru is on the board of supervisors of Kirstie Alleys Organic Liaison. diet program the Travolta's claim Dr Gordon as their pediatrician and have written a forward in one of his books.. Must have been hard for John to his son Jett had Autism since Scientology claims Autism dosen't exist. Scientology also backed Dr Andrew Wakefield...Wakedfield was disbarred and can no longer practice medicine. Scientology is as an Organization that supports the whole anti-vaccine quackery through it nutty CCHR fear mongering front group..spends money promoting quackery like this Jim Carey was connected to Scientology briefly in the early 90..

Steve
Steve

You know, I had a scathing retort in mind, but then I read SG's comments......all I have to say now is "well said SG"! I will add, however, that Tom, the Dixie Chicks and Jenny and Jim tell the truth.....you don't.

vjoejoe
vjoejoe

Right on the vaccine packaging for the DTaP vaccine it clearly states now that after receiving this vaccine the child could get SIDS or autism, and that is from the manufacturer, yet most doctors say it s not the cause, give me a break!

Floral Tinge
Floral Tinge

Yes, I feel the same way. Carey has screwed himself, big time with his wacky vaccine views. As for Tom Cruise, I quit going to his movies A LONG TIME AGO......

SG
SG

There is no question that a national Vaccine Injury Court exists. There is no question that vaccines can injure people, especially children, just read the warning lables that come with the shots. Autism is neither here nor there, but it is a fact that the former head of the CDC told Sanjae Gupta in 2008 that vaccines *can* trigger autism in kids with a mitochondrial pre-disposition; you are a smirking, morally bankrupt liar and shill. Jim Carrey and others brave enough to speak out despite what dogmatic morons like you might say is to be commended.

April
April

As an owner of a gluten and dairy free bakery, I deal with many parents of autistic children. As someone that has researched this subjust, and talked to many people in the same position as Jenny and Jim, I have to agree. People are only listening to PART of what they are saying. They are not saying don't use any vaccines, just research the necessity of them. As a country, we are too willing to do what we are told without doing any research. I can guarantee that if people knew the same ingredients were in food that are in vaccines, they wouldn't feed them to thier children, let alone shoot it into their bloodstream!

AutismNewsBeat
AutismNewsBeat

What an amazing report. No false balance, just sticking to the science. What is so special about Australia that we can't see this kind of journalism on American TV?

mbm
mbm

Tom Cruise has been virtually blackballed in Hollywood because of his crazy beliefs.