It's not easy (anymore) to say something stupid enough to stand out as TRULY stupid. 2018 America is permeated to the quick in stupidity, so it's actually a remarkable feat to tweet something as demonstrably dumb as washed-up has-been actor James Woods managed to tweet out today.
Here's what he said:
Here's what he said:
What's EXTRA amazingly—almost congenitally—stupid about this tweet is that it manages (impossibly!?) to combine two dangerously moronic conspiracy theories in fewer than 180 characters: that vaccines have no point AND that "illegal aliens" spread more disease than the general population.
What do you even call this? Anti-vaxxer xenophobia, I guess? Like this is so dumb, I don't even know where to start debunking it.
That vaccines are the most revolutionary and effective public health measure (after hand washing) in two hundred years is beyond any reasonable debate. I'm not even going to get into the lack of scientific knowledge and reasoning necessary to say with a straight face that vaccines have "no point."
But even more ridiculous is the idea that there's no point to vaccines BECAUSE "illegal aliens" are going to "spread the very diseases that the vaccinations are trying to contain." Take measles, as just one example of a disease that the anti-vaxx movement is bringing back with a vengeance. A pulmonologist friend of mine referred me to World Health Organization data that breaks down measles vaccination in 12-23 month olds by country:
Mexico (PAYING FOR THE WALL): 96%
Libya (Travel Banned): 97%
Venezuela (Travel Banned): 88%
European Union (HWHITES galore): 93%
And for DPT (diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), and tetanus) another set of diseases making a comeback thanks to anti-vaxxer hysteria, I bring you these stats:
European Union: 95%
The worst part is that James Woods is a rich white American Christian man with all the resources and privilege in the world at his disposal. Nevertheless, he persists at being a dumb bigot who uses his thankfully limited platform to spread his dumb bigotry like a rampant case of uncontained polio.
Rich, dumb, and bigoted. A way deadlier combo than unvaccinated "illegal aliens."