On Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, John Oliver laid out an exasperated argument against the incessant anti-vax movement, which has caused diseases previously contained by medical advances to come roaring back because a former doctor linked vaccines to autism before having his doctor’s license revoked.
Through the internet, parents now get an overabundance of competing answers to questions like: Should you vaccinate? Should you eat the placenta? Should you let kids cry? Oliver’s answers are simple: “The answer is yes, no, and yes, because the more they cry now the more they’ll be prepared to watch This Is Us when they get older.”
“I kind of get why vaccines creep people out. Vaccination can mean getting injected by a needle filled with science juice. Although, pretty much every medical practice sounds terrifying when you break it down like that. An appendectomy means removing one of your organs through stabbery. Antibiotics are poisons used to murder things living in you. And even exercise means forcibly burning up your insides. My point is, the human body is a true carnival of horrors and frankly, I’m embarrassed to have one.”
And while Oliver understands that medicine can be scary to the layman, he also knows that scientists have found zero connection between vaccines and autism. As usual, he gives a well-reasoned, thoroughly researched argument, but at this point, anti-vaxxers have denied all reason. Show this to them anyway.