Anti-vaxxers are outraged after a joke Andy Samberg made during Sunday night’s Golden Globes. In a sketch set to LMFAO’s song “Shots,”, the host took a jab at those who are against vaccines while people dressed as nurses gave fake flu shots to the audience.
“If you are an anti-vaxxer, just put a napkin on — perhaps over — your head and we will skip you,” joked Samberg, after instructing the crowd to roll up their sleeves. Co-host Sandra Oh added for the women, “You know you wore a sleeveless gown for a reason!”
It was a well-timed reminder that it isn’t too late to get vaccinated this flu season, which runs from October to May. Not only did both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advise all children and adults to get their flu shot in the fall, but doctors also say that it’s the best way to prevent illness despite the never-ending debate.
Many medical professionals appreciated the Golden Globes’ pro-vaccine gesture. “Way to go @goldenglobes providing flu vaccinations for the audiences. Especially liked ‘if you’re an [anti-vaxxer] then put a napkin over your head’ maybe ‘put your head deeper in the sand’ would have been more appropriate!!!” tweeted one nurse.
— Access (@accessonline) January 7, 2019
However, anti-vaxxers were not amused by the skit or Samberg’s joke, taking to social media to voice their disapproval. “Unbelievable propaganda and ads for poison. All time low for the Golden Globes!” tweets one user, while another added, “Pushing the flu shots to make innocent people chronically ill with autoimmune & neurological diseases.”
Some anti-vaxxers even started sharing selfies of themselves with napkins on their heads as instructed by Samberg to show their support for others opposed to vaccinations.
Media, Hollywood, Academia are huge corporations, working with other huge corporations like #Pharma.
— (()Melissa()) (@1blessedbee) January 7, 2019
As an aside, you can read all about the medical benefits of vaccinations right here and explore the overwhelming evidence that rumor of health risks associated with vaccines are nothing more exaggerated scare tactics. Vaccines are incredibly safe, and the alternative (not vaccinating or delaying vaccination) is far more dangerous. Fatherly is with Samberg—and science—on this one.