Saturday, February 02, 2008

People are Stupid, Part III

And the hits just keep on coming!

I was reading an article the other day about the new ABC series Eli Stone that premiered after Lost on Thursday night (it's a really good show by the way). Ya, the character has my name. So does Peyton's little brother. The Manning that's IN the Super Bowl in only his what... 4th year in the NFL? How long did it take Peyton again? Ya. Anyway... that's not the point. What caught my eye was what the article was about.

According to "Docs: TV drama perpetuates autism myth" by AP writer Lindsey Tanner, the American Academy of Pediatrics wanted ABC to cancel the first episode of this new FICTIONAL series because it perpetuates the myth that vaccines can cause autism. According to Dr. Renee R. Jenkins, president of the nation's largest pediatricians' group, "If parents watch this program and choose to deny their children immunizations, ABC will share in the responsibility for the suffering and deaths that occur as a result."

I saw the show. And if anyone got the wrong idea based on the storyline...

Oh, but it's gets better. Jenkins, the president remember, goes on to say that many (mindless, slack jawed, drooling - those are my words) viewers "trust the health information presented on FICTIONAL television shows, which influences their decisions about health care."

Hoooooly shit! You've gotta be kidding me?! That SHOULD be your response.

Sadly, it's true. And that's the REALLY scary part of this whole thing. If parents... hell, if any living, breathing, supposedly rational human being believes something they see on a FICTIONAL television show, and they allow it to influence their REAL LIFE decisions... they should be shot on sight. Which goes to prove (once again) that "freedom of having children" needs to become a privilege IMMEDIATELY, if not sooner.

The people that actually do believe the crap they see on a FICTIONAL television show need to stop having kids, and stop adding their obviously defective genes into the public pool. We don't need stupid people like that running around the world. We just don't.

Greg Berlanti, a co-creator of the show said, "'We would be deeply upset' if parents opted against vaccination because of the episode." Uh... ya, think? I'd be "deeply upset" too - for the kids, because they have stupid parents who believe health advice given on a FICTIONAL television show!!! Maybe the good pediatric doctors ought to be more concerned about that.

Like I said... people are stupid.

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