Jim Carrey offends with images of distressed children on anti vax tweets

Jim Carrey  at UCLA's 2009 Visionary Ball. Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. 10-01-09

Jim Carrey
at UCLA’s 2009 Visionary Ball. Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA. 10-01-09

This week the news and social media networks have been busy discussing and condemning Jim Carrey on his outspoken views regarding vaccination and autism.

Mr Carrey tweeted:

“California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory [sic] vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped,”

He then further tweeted:

“They say mercury in fish is dangerous but forcing all of our children to be injected with mercury in thimerosol [sic] is no risk. Make sense?”

And then tweeted:

“I am not anti-vaccine. I am anti-thimerosal, anti-mercury. They have taken some of the mercury laden thimerosal out of vaccines. NOT ALL!”

Jeffrey Kluger on Time.com added Mr Carrey to a list of ‘board-certified jesters’, that include Andrew Wakefield, Rob Schneider and his ex  Jenny McCarthy. Ms McCartney famously reported that her vaccine injured son was cured by a gluten free diet.

Emily Willingham writing on Forbes told of how Carrey, by using twitter to get his message across about the use of ‘greener’ vaccines, unleashed tweets from those fiercely opposed to his views and the way he was stating them. Carrey is very vocal on his point of view that vaccines cause autism.  What also caused outrage was that Mr Carrey posted images of distressed children along with his tweets.

As Emily Willingham so eloquently points out in her Forbes article, Mr Carrey drew more than just attention for his outspoken views. He caused outrage  and upset by using an image of  14-year-old Alex Echols, who has autism and tuberous sclerosis (TSC), when he did not have permission to do so. However, what this has achieved, although unwittingly, is that Mr Carrey has managed to draw attention to the genetic condition TSC and its association with autism.

Emily writes:

‘In fact, about a third to half of children who have tuberous sclerosis could also be diagnosed with autism. Each condition is associated with seizures, and there are hints that disrupted connections among brain regions might be responsible for both the seizures and the social communication deficits of autism.’

BuzzFeed news report that the image of Alex was removed from Mr Carrey’s tweet after the family filed a copyright complaint to Twitter. Alex’s mother told BuzzFeed news:

“I’m very disgusted and sickened that a celebrity would use a photo like this that was used in the first place to spread awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis to mock him and and my sister for vaccinations,” Welch wrote. “Even if that was not his intended outcome, it is what happened.”

It has been suggested by several tweeters that Mr Carrey should make a donation to the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, for using an image of a distressed boy that he did not have permission to use.

  • Mandy Simms says:

    Jim Carey is allowed to have an opinion.

  • ciari johnson says:

    Has anyone read Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s report to the World Health Organization, August 2013 – “Deadly Immunity” – presents valid resarching connecting vaccine to autism? See “Bought” Utube video. Read Dr. Mercola’s – Neurological Damage and Vaccines. See online: “Death by Vaccine” – Google the ingredients in “vaccines + toxins” – there are more than mercury – aluminum, msg, artificial sweeteners and more. Follow the money: while there are doctors who believe in vaccines, most of those who promote them have an agenda – money. See: Bill Gates and his connections to the pharmaceutical industry – heavily invested in it.

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