This Parody On The Vaccine Debate Is Exactly What We Need Right Now

"What's worth it" when it comes to, you know, staying alive? This silly parody has answers.

This video is a parody.

What's it parodying?

  • Infomercials and pharmaceutical commercials — Enter clueless mom. Of course she's cooking. And of course, there's that weird voiceover guy explaining everything in detail, and the pleasant piano music in the background.
  • The way people in commercials cook pizza — They're always smelling it like that! What's with that? Do you do that? Am I the only one who just sets it on the oven to cool?

The stuff about vaccinations is satire.

What's it satirizing?

  • The anti-vaccine movement — By exaggerating the ideas behind this movement, you might see how absurd it is to not protect your kids (and other people's kids — herd immunity FTW) from diseases that should be eradicated.
  • Jenny McCarthy — Anyone notice that the clueless mom character resembles popular anti-vaccine celebrity Jenny McCarthy? We did!

I loved you on "Singled Out"! What happened???

So yeah, this fake commercial about a fake anti-vaxxer mom is made to be funny. But like the best funny things, its funny and kinda not funny at the same time. It goes from funny-haha to funny-oh-no pretty quickly.

This map isn't a parody. It isn't a satire.

It's not an exaggeration, either.

These are preventable diseases that have resurfaced over the past few years because people have decided to say "no" to vaccinations (looking at you, USA) or weren't able to access them. I dunno about you, but it makes me miss 2008.

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VACCINES contains brilliantsciance

Woman: I've had a lot of kids, but half the time they get sick and die. When I asked my doctor, he explained it was germs. All this time I thought it was God's will. Then he told me about Vaccines.

Vaccines are a once-lifely treatment that could dramatically reduce and in some cases wholly eliminate the incidence of infant mortality due to common illness. Vaccines are not a prayer and not a magic. Vaccines are used to prevent anthrax, chicken pox, diptheria, hepatitis A and B, HPV, influenza, Japanese encephalitis, measles, mumps, pertussis, polio, rabies, rotovirus, rubella, shingles, smallpox, tetanus, tuberculosis, typhoid fever, yellow fever, and more. Studies have shown Vaccines to be highly effective in preventing children from dying even during moderate to severe scourges of plagues.

Use of Vaccines without propber birth control can lead to explosive population growth causing environmental degradation, mass death due to famine and heightened incidents of armed conflict due to limited resources. Ask you doctor if Vaccines are right for you.

Do no take Vaccines if you've chosen to die from the mumps

Woman: Vaccines, and now my kids don't die.


There may be small errors in this transcript.

Original video by STRANGEMEAL. The map comes from NPR's Adam Cole with data from the Council on Foreign Relations, and holy schnikes is it frustrating.

If you're like, "pffft whatever," know that I had this throughly fact-checked. You can find out more from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Heath Organization on the outbreaks of measles, whooping cough, mumps, and polio.

Feb 05, 2015

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