The Anti-Vaxx Movement: Where Pseudoscience Meets Ableism — My Latest Paste Magazine Article

In 2015, Sesame Street announced they were introducing a new character with autism named Julia. She first appeared in the 2016 digital storybook “We’re Amazing, 1, 2, 3!” and made her official television debut on April 10th of this year. While many believe Julia will help autistic children feel less alone, some aren’t too pleased. According to the anti-vaxx website Natural News, “The rollout of autistic Julia is Sesame Street’s attempt to “normalize” vaccine injuries and depict those victimized by vaccines as happy, ‘amazing’ children rather than admitting the truth that vaccines cause autism in some children and we should therefore make vaccines safer and less frequent to save those children from a lifetime of neurological damage.” The article further claims that Elmo is “exploited as a literal puppet by the vaccine industry to push a pro-vaccine message” using “social engineering propaganda.” With its debunked claims and disturbing rhetoric, Natural News sums up why the anti-vaxx movement is dangerous: it’s based on both pseudoscience and ableism.

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  1. says

    Things That Cause Autism! Because Autism is the new leprosy: it’s invisible, we can only see its effects, and it makes people behave behave differently and in a manner other than NORMAL. Therefore it is a monster we must be afraid of! That’s why our Chosen Enemy causes autism:
    * Vaccines –
    * GMOs –
    * Milk –
    * Fluoride –
    * Chemtrails –
    * Everything artificial and not “natural:”
    * Abortion –
    * Atheism –

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