Today’s Randy’s Random Meme is My Take on recent headlines, like “Disregarding Health Warnings, Arizona Lawmakers Move Forward On Vaccine Exemptions For Kids” and “Texas Lawmaker Hays He’s Not Worried About Measles Outbreak Because of ‘Antibiotics’” and “Measles Returned To Costa Rica After Five Years By French Family Who Had Not Had Vaccinations” — which are all recent.
The meme is Choosy Mothers — which is accompanied by a fair amount of commentary (and links to all of the above articles). As I’m preparing this issue Friday afternoon, it has been shared more than 1,500 times (and counting).
It always amazes me how there are always a few people who think something actually labeled as “Satire” consider such irony to be serious: so much so that the comments include “please don’t try to kill my kid…” to “It is true peanut butter can cause some Children to go into cartaratic arrest.Not to say that your child can’t have Penut Butter but we should be responsible and not give it to the ones that can’t have it.” to “THAY HAVE TO BE KILLED BECAUSE ARE NOT VACCINES, SHAME OF YOU ,MY CHILDREN IS MY NOT GOVERNMENT OT COMMUNITY NOT SCHOOL” (yes, those are all verbatim copy/paste — still trying to figure out what cartaratic arrest is, but it’s apparently caused by Penuts).
Fits Perfectly into True’s Thought-Provoking Mission
It just goes to show why True makes such ample use of the term “obliviot” — fellow humans who are not just idiotic, but are totally oblivious as to why.
Of course, the vast majority understood the ironic message. Comments like the above contrast very well with “Sarcasm and humor cannot penetrate pinheaded dumbf*ckery.” (Full disclosure: I changed one character in that woman’s comment!)
One woman shared it with the comment, “I am now immunocompromised. I was lucky enough to get a flu shot prior to my cancer diagnosis. But what happens to the children and adults who are unable to get vaccinated when you deny scientific evidence and don’t vaccinate your owm children? I know this is a sensitive topic for a lot of people, but I don’t want to get sick because your children aren’t vaccinated. I didn’t choose cancer. You chose to skip vaccines.”
As the original page notes, as a long-time medic who actually carries epinepherine — and have had to inject it into patients many times, including for severe reaction to accidental peanut ingestion — I understand how this is a sensitive topic. The entire idea is to be shocking to show how serious this whole idea is. And I’m gleeful that most readers understood that very, very well.
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