Colbert Impersonates an Antivaxer and Interviews Paul Offit. Hilariously.

I can write about the importance of childhood vaccinations all week long, but I don’t know why I should when we’ve got Stephen Colbert to debunk the vaccine myths in his usual deadpan fashion:

“I’m entirely motivated by fear.”
“Can’t we put those people in a plastic bubble?”
“You’re playing the children dying card. How am I supposed to fight that? Let’s keep this intellectual.”

Those quotes come from The Colbert Report on Monday night, which featured Dr. Paul Offit, vocal critic of the antivax movement who wrote this book, among others.

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Antivax folks who don’t like Offit often question his motives by pointing to the rotavirus vaccine he co-invented and collected royalties from.

But they usually leave out the part where his vaccination saves the lives of thousands of infants and children every year and is based on solid, credible research rather than rumors and manipulated data, a la Andrew Wakefield.

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16 responses to “Colbert Impersonates an Antivaxer and Interviews Paul Offit. Hilariously.”

  1. Kat says:

    I really enjoyed that video clip. If you purely look at risks and benefits it makes good logical sense unless you have allergy to vaccine components and/or immunosuppressed. I have missed a few flu seasons due to latex-contaminated vaccine supplies but thank goodness for herd immunity!

  2. Ang says:

    I choked on my iced tea and then emailed this to my ped. H-ilarious!

  3. Alan V. Schmukler says:

    Stephen Colbert’s guest last night, Dr. Paul Offit owns patents on vaccines and profits from them, something he never mentioned. He’s a charming fellow but entirely dishonest. The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) has so far paid out over a billion dollars to parents of children injured or killed by vaccines. How could that happen if vaccines are “safe”? The Senate held hearings on Thimerosol during which it was revealed that this form of mercury is a potent neurotoxin. Yet it is still found in vaccines, along with other potent toxins. Vaccine manufacturers managed to get immunity from lawsuits while claiming vaccines are safe.Paul Offit is the wrong person to give the Colbert bump to!
    I don’t blame Colbert, as he is just ill informed. He’s shown the necessary courage to oppose injustices he was aware of (fracking, corruption, etc). It’s our job now to bring the facts to his awareness.

  4. Giuseppe says:

    FW2, once again…thanks for posting. Mosquitoes, for the rerocd, are among the most deadly organisms in terms of disease vectors. Ask the millions of children dying in malaria-riddled countries.Kwombles…it’s not that I believe that men don’t get attacked. I read Left Brain/Right Brain and have seen it in action. But it’s a rare sight to see a man/male online persona attacked for his parenting/fathering (do men ever get called “gigolos” for their stances, for example?). Very personal attacks against women and their mothering, however, are common, as you know.Lynnes…I guess IRL women aren’t as courteous here. I’ve had any number of encounters with women who are ready, on the spot, to go to the mat with me over vaccines. I’m sure I’ve run into some who are too polite, but I’ve also been the recipient of fairly poorly concealed disdain for my parental choices in that arena. The irony is, I don’t have a knee-jerk trust of mainstream medicine–in fact, far far from it, and probably for far better and better-informed reasons than any of these women could cite.

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