Seriously? I would really, really like to go back to writing these Hall of Shame posts in a comedic tone at some point in the future, but people keep doing s*** that is so unbelievably stupid that I have to bring out my serious voice for a franchise I made literally for the sole point of making jokes about Madonna frenching Drake
or how illiterate most pop songs are
. But, there's stuff I don't feel comfortable joking about and the anti-vaccination movement is one of those things.
Time for a history lesson. Way back in the day, there were a host of diseases that if you caught them as a child, you were probably going to die. And if the diseases didn't kill you, there was still a chance that they'd leave you crippled for life (like President Franklin D. Roosevelt with polio). But the funny thing is that there was this scientific breakthrough called vaccinations. You expose someone to a non-lethal amount of a disease, and your body builds up a natural immunity to it. Science is a wonderful f***ing thing. Vaccinations reached the Western world in the 1700s when Edward Jenner found the vaccine for smallpox, but India and China had been practicing forms of vaccination for over a thousand years.
But in every generation, there are the folks who think that they know better than science. Scientists aren't always right. Let's get that out of the way immediately. But, generally speaking, the folks that correct bad science are usually scientists...not nutters who think they have some secret knowledge that the rest of the world doesn't. When rapper B.o.B. decided to go toe-to-toe with ASTROPHYSICIST Neil DeGrasse Tyson about whether or not the earth was round, of course things were going to go hilariously poorly for flat-Earth truther B.o.B
. And few things have riled up the "we know better than actual scientists" loons than folks who have decided that not vaccinating your children is the moral issue of our time.
I'm not going to give one single solitary sentence to why these dumbasses think it's okay to not vaccinate their children (although if you want to read rapper Kevin Gates defending his insane beliefs, you can head here at Rolling Stone
), but I will say this. If you don't vaccinate your children, you put all children at risk. You teach your children that if you just believe something strong enough, that invalidates all of the evidence that exists to tell you you're wrong.
Vaccinating your children should be something the government mandates (and has in various forms in the past) under public health concerns, and if you don't vaccinate your kids, you're basically a terrorist. If that claim seems bold, let's think about what terrorists do. They cause some sort of threat to the public in the hopes of causing political change. Usually though, terrorists know that what they're doing causes harm. Anti-vaxxers want to get rid of vaccinations because of bogus science that links them to autism and in the process, they're putting millions and millions of kids at health risks.
So congrats Kevin Gates. You're a great rapper, but you're also a biological terrorist. I hope your conscience can deal with that.