20 hours ago – Bloomington, IL
Rob Schneider posts a video on YouTube stating, “State Farm provides health insurance, and nothing ensures public health more than getting vaccinated. It is time to end the anti-vaccination movement; with your help, we can elicit change.”
The State Farm commercials from which he was being dropped were becoming popular as the company revisited from 20 years ago the funny SNL character, “The Richmeister” to promote their product. However, little did the company know that shortly thereafter Rob Schneider would become a hero in the anti-vaccine movement with his twitter feed promoting #CDCwhistleblower. The whistleblower was Dr. Thompson of the CDC who admitted to falsifying data collected when performing the autism and MMR vaccine study. Dr. Thompson admitted in a press release but states, ” I want to be absolutely clear that I believe vaccines have saved and continue to save countless lives. I would never suggest that any parent avoid vaccinating children of any race.” However, he sincerely believes, “… it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated with the receipt of those vaccines.” But will the parents of autistic children ever trust the CDC again? This may have put those who were on the fence over.
Rob Schneider is one of those parents of a child with autism for whom the CDC will ever be trusted again. He blames the vaccines his child received for causing his autism. As the news of his firing reached the autism community, he tweeted, “Thanks to all my supporters who believe as I do that parents should decide what’s in the best interests of their child, not Gov’t mandates.”
It was through his Twitter feed and his You Tube channel that he would have the following of parents who felt the same way he did and he did not hesitate to use that popularity to teach the public how vaccines can be one cause of autism. He, along with other autism advocates, would be a part of an organized “Twitter party” using the hashtag (#) CDCwhistleblower in all of their tweets trying to let the world know this matter was not going to go away. The whistleblower, Dr. Thompson, made his press release and from there was said to be compliant with Congressman Posey’s (of Florida) requests to look into the matter further.
This is not just another celebrity who had their few years of ‘fame’ because their son has autism, as in 2012 he campaigned against California Bill AB 2109, designed to make it harder for parents to receive vaccine exemptions for their children. He has the ability to explain the history of autism and vaccines and why parents feel so strongly about the possible connection. In his YouTube video, he invites parents to visit “The Canary Party” for further information. Parents in this century with the internet have no excuse for not being informed. They can learn more through various sites and make their own decisions as to whether or not the CDC is to be trusted or not.
Is it merely a case of his right to Freedom of Speech as he quotes George Washington on his Twitter page, “If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,” George Washington 2:06 AM – 24 Sep 2014 Some autism advocates find it ironic that a company who promotes health is firing him for his stance on improving the future of children’s health. It can be assured that Rob Schneider, nor his opinions are going away anytime soon. His popularity on Twitter has risen while he also prepares to launch a new sitcom titled, “Real Rob”.