Most people know Jim Carrey for this famous comedic acting and standup but Carrey got pretty serious in a recent tweet he made regarding his feelings about California’s new vaccine law, earning the famous actor headlines.
California’s new vaccine law removes religious and personal exemptions effectively forcing all children to be vaccinated without parental choice. In his controversial tweets, Carrey called Jerry Brown, the California Governor a “corporate fascist,” and was met with huge response from many of his 14 million twitter followers.
Carrey also made a post which entitled “Safety and Civil Liberties: Is Corporate Clout Calling the Shots?” Though calling California’s governor a corporate fascist could seem a bit aggressive, in his post Carrey expresses an opinion that is fully logical, balanced, and simply the result of any conscious mind reviewing the situation. Carrey explains that he does indeed support the use of vaccines in many situations but that they should still be used on an individual basis and never be forced by the government, that the people should always have free choice and autonomy with their bodies.
He writes, “Let me be clear: I fully support the use of vaccines and believe they play a vital role in protecting the health of individuals and the public at large. That does not mean, however, that every vaccine is healthy, imperative, or right for every individual in every circumstance.”
He goes on to note that many vaccines have been life-saving and important tools for public health, but tat a line must be drawn and he then moves the discussion to the little-known vaccine court in the US saying, “There is no question that many of these vaccines have been among the greatest medical advancements in history. There is also no question that vaccines can and do injure people as the hundreds of millions of dollars awarded in vaccine court have proved.”
If you are unfamiliar with the vaccine court, you are not alone, as it is an office that is tucked away into a quiet corner in the intersection between the government and big pharma (synonyms?). The vaccine court is officially called the Office of Special Masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. It is a system specifically in place to process the claims of Americans who believe their children have been harmed or injured due to vaccine administration. It is a part of the federal judiciary system, yet it is special in that the cases are not overseen by judges but instead by ‘special masters.’
“In late 2014, TruthInMedia reported that the Associated Press examined hundreds of court decisions, performed more than 100 interviews, and studied a database containing more than 14,500 cases. The database was last updated in January 2013, with the government refusing to release any new updates.”
“The AP investigation found several issues with the court. These included tens of millions of taxpayer dollars paid to private attorneys who often practice “churning,” a practice described as filing a large number of claims regardless of the quality of the claims. In the private court, attorneys are paid out whether or not they succeed in convincing the court. That fact has lead to questionable billing practices and an increase in court claims.”
“The AP report also found that “expert” witnesses for the families and the government often have a lack of credibility or conflicts of interest. The report said that some of the experts are also involved in setting up nonprofits that question vaccine safety. Meanwhile, doctors hired by the government to testify in defense of vaccines have ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”
Thanks to the inside view provided by the AP report, Carrey’s views and concerns on this controversial public health topic are not too hard to understand. “Over the past 20 or so years, pharmaceutical companies have given nearly $300 million to candidates for federal office, spent almost $200 million influencing California state elections, and have amassed over $3 billion in fees for high-powered lobbyists in Washington,” he writes. “I don’t think its crazy to be suspicious when these companies receive guaranteed revenue streams from politicians they have spent billions trying to influence.”
Carrey goes on to discuss additional aspects of the vaccine and public health sphere that are not so forthcoming and trustworthy including the often dubious practices of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) who he says operates a ‘revolving door’ that ‘spins in perpetuitiy.’ A recent whistleblower rose from the CDS, a man named Dr. William Thompson. Thompson admitted that numbers had been purposely altered in a study he had worked on in order to falsely claim that a lower number than reality of black children had been harmed by a certain vaccine.
Documents regarding the falsehoods knowingly present in this study were provided to Congressman Bill Posey’s office,
“Congressman Bill Posey’s office has confirmed exclusively to Benswann.com that a ‘very large number’ of documents have been turned over by CDC scientist, Dr. William Thompson, who has admitted that the CDC suppressed information about the links between the MMR vaccine and autism in some cases.
“According to Congressman Posey’s spokesman, George Cecala, ‘I can confirm that we have received a very large number of documents and we are going through those documents now. There are a lot of them, so it will take some time.’ Cecala could not say exactly how many documents are in possession of the Congressman’s staff though sources tell me that as many as 100,000 documents have been handed over.”
Taking an anti-vaccine position or even consciously questioning routine vaccination is still one of those things in society that will earn you quite a good amount of raised eyebrows. It seems that most people would still rather just turn a blind eye and not have to think about it. Yet even with these small pieces of information revealed, it is easy to understand that Jim Carrey is a logical, level headed person who is asking intelligent questions about a public health practice that is not done in honesty, clear cut scientific understanding, or guaranteed safety. It must be hard for a very famous individual to come out with such a controversial standpoint, yet Carrey was right and courageous and honest to do so and hopefully his educational commentary will help to open the minds of many more Americans so that we may gain and move into full health autonomy as humans.
Jim Carrey finishes by saying, “I haven’t lost my sense of humor folks. It’s just buried under the rubble that was once my faith in government oversight. But there’s a time to laugh and a time for a serious debate over what it could mean to have our civil liberties taken away by our government at the behest of pharmaceutical companies and their shareholders. If we just sit back and let corporate clout call the shots our children may not remember what freedom was.”