And they know they’ve been defeated. Do you want to know how we can tell? Because they are spending their time trying to tear this kid down.
Perhaps you are the last person in the world who hasn’t seen the phenomenal video by science whiz kid Marco Arturo. Marco presents all the evidence that vaccines cause autism–in a folder full of nothing. (I’m embedding the video at the bottom of this post–please watch it an up-vote it!)
The anti-vaxxers sure haven’t missed it. Some of our favorites have written rebuttals. Let me type that again so we can all understand what they are doing. The anti-vaxxers are rebutting a satirical video made by a 12-year-old. Surely they are taking this video in stride, right?
Uh, no. No they are not. They are losing their minds.
Blogger and salesperson Kate, who runs Modern Alternative Health, claims the video is “devoid of facts and amounts to little more than uninformed bullying” [emphasis hers]. Really, Kate? A 12-year-old is bullying you? I know a lot about bullying, about how people use their social power to make you feel excluded and to gain control over you. What kind of small person are you that a 12-year-old you have never met has social power over you? But she’s not done. Immediately after claiming that she is being bullied, she resorts to this classless diatribe:
Naturally, it’s being heralded by the kind of brain-dead pro-vaccine nut jobs that the internet regularly produces. The kind of people who don’t understand the importance of actually examining new scientific information critically and having an honest conversation. . . . I kind of imagine them as “cavemen” of sorts — pounding on their keyboards, drooling, and thinking that they have won, while all of the actual intelligent people are smirking and shaking their heads at how painfully, obviously ignorant they are.
In the world of Kate (MAM) and other anti-vaxxers, a 12-year-old is a bully, pro-vaxxers don’t understand science, and only anti-vaxxers are intelligent (and smugly so). Also, up is down, black is white, and the sky is green.
From there, Kate’s post goes nowhere, repeating that the kid is a bully and that pro-vaxxers are terrible and dumb in all ways. It also doesn’t actually present any science showing that vaccines cause autism. In other words, she kind of proves Marco’s point.
By the way, here’s some evidence (okay lots of evidence) showing that vaccines DO NOT cause autism.
But MAMKate is not alone. National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) is getting in on the act of rebutting a 12-year-old’s satirical video. (Because NO voices must ever say anything positive about vaccines without being actively shouted down.)
NVIC has a history of classless, terrible behavior, including promoting the harassment of children. This time, they are getting in on the “take Marco down” campaign by posting a hit piece written by “Levi Quackenboss.”
The Quackenboss piece begins by claiming scientific pursuits concerning vaccines are a religious belief and intimates that Marco shouldn’t even be on Facebook because he is not the requisite 13-years-old yet. So actually, the piece begins by slamming Marco for being young and influenced by his parents (and science).
Then, in anti-vaccine style, she (Quackenboss) picks up the goalposts and moves them downfield. SV-40! Acellular pertussis! HPV! Monkey pox! Faked moon landings! Spaghetti at the ceiling! She discusses anything except, you know, how vaccines don’t cause autism–the actual topic of the video. It’s pure throat clearing written by someone who loves her own voice.
Then she goes on with a condescending and easily refutable diatribe, writing:
Little dude, I totally get that you love science but I’ve got some sad news for you: there’s very little science in vaccine science.
And following with every possible anti-vaccine trope she can find. Here are some answers for her:
- Do vaccines prevent disease or just build antibodies? Why look! They prevent disease.
- Has a vaccinated versus unvaccinated study ever been completed? Why, yes it has! (And it shows all health outcomes–except for contracting VPDs, are the same.)
- Are vaccines ever tested against saline placebos? Sometimes they are, such as this HPV vaccine trial.
- Has the vaccine schedule ever been tested? Yes, in fact the schedule tested with every single new vaccine.
- Can I sue a vaccine manufacturer? Guess what? Yes, I could!
- Is there any proof that vaccines are safe? Seriously? Okay, yes, vaccines are safe.
- What really causes autism? Not vaccines, but something that happens in the womb.
After all these myths, Quackenboss ends with a smug little kicker, something meant to put a 12-year-old in his place:
Look, clearly you’re a smart kid in your knockoff Polo shirt and your eyeglasses that look like wraparound safety goggles. I trust that one day you’re going to figure out that you’ve been lied to, not only by your parents but by your government and the leaders of this world, and you’re going to look back on this insulting video and say, “God, what a little prick I was.”
And that’s OK, Marco. We’ll be here for you when you do.
But you know what, anti-vaxxers? Marco doesn’t need you and he isn’t interested in you waiting for him. One of you visited him, and he was ready for you.
A final piece of advice for anti-vaxxers: pick on someone your own size. I mean that two ways: while Marco is smaller than you in stature, he is far larger than you when it comes to class and intellect.
Here’s Marco’s video. Please give it a watch. It will restore your faith in our future.