Hey Jimmy Kimmel, thanks from your autism community!

3 Mar

Jimmy Kimmel, member of the autism community (he has an autistic family member) took on the anti-vaccine movement in a segment of his show:

He starts out with a monologue and then gives a PSA. The PSA is well worth watching. All the way through.

As you can imagine, this did not go over well with some people. He got a lot of hatred flung at him and claims that he is attacking the autism community. It’s the “use my kid as a human shield” defense.

And Mr Kimmel (member of the autism communities) stood his ground, with humor:

We need more people standing up against those who scare people about vaccines. And by “we” I mean the autism community and the developmental disability community. Our community is the most at risk for injury or death from infectious diseases. Diseases that injure or kill do so more to our communities (Why vaccination uptake matters to the autism community).

By Matt Carey

15 Responses to “Hey Jimmy Kimmel, thanks from your autism community!”

  1. reissd March 3, 2015 at 20:49 #

    It’s a powerful statement.

  2. reissd March 3, 2015 at 21:12 #

    I’m sorry, I’m afraid Ms. Taylor’s list does not actually show that. Some of the studies have nothing to do with vaccines, others are debunked. See: http://lizditz.typepad.com/i_speak_of_dreams/2013/08/-those-lists-of-papers-that-claim-vaccines-cause-autism-part-1.html

  3. Science Mom March 4, 2015 at 01:52 #

    I’m not crazy about celebrity endorsements for health matters but Mr. Kimmel really gets it and I’m glad he met his “reasoned criticisms” with fantastic humor and understanding of false balance.

  4. Broken Link March 4, 2015 at 03:17 #

    Nice to see so many views on this video (more than 350,000) and a huge preponderance of likes. In contrast, the CDC whistle blower video (the inflammatory one) has only had 92,000 views on youtube in 6 months. It goes to show how small the movement Wakefield claims to represent is. As you have said so many times, Matt, it’s a rump, fringe movement, with no benefit to the autism community. But it comes with such hubris.

  5. Shannon Rosa March 5, 2015 at 00:01 #

    I wish he hadn’t made the crack about people only listening to Jenny McCarthy because she had her clothes on — the issue in this context is that she’s a menace to public health and autistic people, not that she has used her physical assets as she sees fit. She’s wrong because she’s hubristically misinformed, not because she posed for Playboy. She consulted with a UCLA pediatrician, after all. Who is also wrong, and who also suffers from hubris.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) March 5, 2015 at 01:31 #

      I agree.

      I would add that people who downplay Jenny McCarthy are not doing anyone a service. Ms. McCarthy is quite driven and is intelligent. She’s done a lot since her early modeling days. Note–if Playboy has it’s old standards, current centerfold models weren’t born when Ms. McCarthy was featured. It was 4 years before her colleague, Andrew Wakefield published his now retracted MMR paper that has caused so much harm. In short, it was a long time ago.

  6. Adriana van Breda March 5, 2015 at 17:16 #

    At last! Love the honest doctor PSA….speak truth to ignorance.

  7. Robin D'Adam March 27, 2015 at 18:06 #

    I have never watched Jimmy Kimmel. I was directed to his comments about autism online. As I listened to him insult the parents who decide not to vaccinate their children, I was disgusted in the misuse of his show. He made fun of people who have researched the effects of vaccinating their children. People display their ignorance once they open their mouth and Jimmy Kimmel sure did put on quite a display. If he researched both sides he would not have made such statements. I am not anti vaccine, but anti thimerosal. If breaking a florescent light bulb or a mercury filled thermometer is hazardous material that needs to be cleaned up and disposed of as hazardous material ( http://www2.epa.gov/cfl/cleaning-broken-cfl#instructions )then why are we putting this into the bodies our babies at 20X’s the potency than our body can handle safely? Once the Thimerosal is in the body it turns into Methylmercury which targets and kills neurons. I encourage anyone who questions the effects of vaccines take the time to view a few sites, books, and documentaries I listed below. Also, by the drug companies stating that they took the thimerosal out of the vaccines and the autism rate did not go down, we need to ask them “Why then did you load it up in the flu vaccines and are now vaccinating people for free? Lets not slander people for making decisions that we feel are in the best interest of our families.
    Documentary to watch is called Trace Amounts. To learn about when vaccines started: http://tv.greenmedinfo.com/vaccine-risks-and-facts/ Informative book to read, edited by Robert Kennedy Jr.: THIMEROSAL Let The Science Speak.

    • Broken Link March 27, 2015 at 18:38 #

      Mercury in a thermometer or a CFL is elemental mercury. There is a big difference between the mercury in thimerosal and elemental mercury. Also, thimerosal does not turn into methyl mercury in the body. Instead, it is rapidly excreted.


      Moreover, thimerosal was removed from all routine childhood immunizations (in fact from ALL immunizations in California, including the flu shot), and the rate of autism did not decrease.

    • Lawrence March 27, 2015 at 18:58 #

      Thimerosal isn’t even used in pediatric flu vaccines (of any kind) – and couldn’t be used in something like FluMist (which is a live vaccine) anyway.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) March 28, 2015 at 03:35 #

      Those who have researched both sides agree with Mr. Kimmel.

      Why is it people always think that people who take the science backed position have not looked at both sides. Heck, I understand the vaccine antagonistic position better than most who hold it.

    • concerned about the hype April 10, 2015 at 16:24 #

      Thimerosal has long been taken out of vaccines, so clearly that is a non-issue as the reported number of individuals has continued to rise. Remember, the thimerosal issue was raised by Wakefield, who due to fraudulent/ unethical “research” lost his license to practice medicine… The most current research (real research) makes it clear that autism is 80% determined by genetics.

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) April 10, 2015 at 23:14 #

        One point: Mr. Wakefield did not raise the thimerosal issue. His focus was on the MMR vaccine. I’m not sure who in specific raised the question first on autism and thimerosal, but I’m guessing it was parents in the U.S..

      • Chris April 10, 2015 at 23:46 #

        “… I’m guessing it was parents in the U.S..

        Yes, that would be the SafeMinds folks who started it off with a silly article in Medical Hypothesis.

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