It's me, a big fan. I was like many other young people in the 90's and early 2000's that couldn't stop laughing at your acting. You have a brilliant talent, and anyone who watched your hits back in the day would agree. Yes, even my poor mother, who often just rolled her eyes when I picked up phrases like, "Aaaaaaalllllrightyyy theeen!!!", "Leh-who-seh-her..", and "I like it a-looot". I might have even spiked my hair up for the mirror and shouted, "Never mess with the 'Do!". I even went to band camp at 12 and stayed in the same cabin with Ian, the kid from Simon Birch. Our whole crew was just in awe that he'd gotten to meet you. Ok, I was sort of a dork. Maybe part of me still is.
I couldn't get enough of your schtick, and neither could many of my friends. I think I've seen every movie you've ever been in. When you're a teenager, you just need to laugh at stupid things sometimes; mostly to stave off all the emotional, zitty baggage you carry into high school, but partly because when you're immature, you tend to laugh at immature things, and no one did immature better than you. I really don't mean that as a knock at all; I still watch Ace Ventura, Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, or A Series of Unfortunate Events(freaking awesome job, btw) from time to time. I still laugh, even knocking on 30 with three kids(one of which is fresh off potty training, and reminds me of that infamous Me, Myself & Irene bathroom scene) and a business to run. It brings me back when I watch you circa 1997 to a day when I didn't have so much weight on my shoulders.
You understand that same weight, Jim. You question vaccines, and have taken a public stand against mandatory vaccination, based on an abundance of evidence to prevalent vaccine injuries in a rapidly growing vaccine schedule. The weight stems from a mix of bearing a host of hateful remarks, personal threats, and defamation of character by total strangers, and feeling a sense of purpose and duty to warn people that have no idea.
When I first started questioning vaccines, I didn't know what I was in for. No idea. When I realized just how bad the situation really is, I became a very vocal voice in the vaccine trenches, and took many lumps. After a while, the insults kind of just bounce off and don't effect you anymore.
I know I'm preaching to the choir here, what with you being a household name synonymous with "buffoonery", and I know you've taken your lumps over the years. I have to imagine it helps numb the sting of the countless shit that is being slung your way right now. But the hate for "Anti-vaxxers", as we've been affectionately labeled, is a different kind of hate. I've never quite experienced anything like it, and I have a feeling you're catching on to that, if you weren't already well aware of it from your experience with Jenny McCarthy.
My point is, I want to apologize on behalf of the "Anti-Vax" side, for being, well.. "Anti-vaxxers".
I guess if we were a little more close minded, maybe the hate wouldn't be this bad.
Maybe if we just blindly trusted the government to have the health and well being of every child in the country at heart, we could avoid the insults.
Perhaps if we just lined up obediently and injected our children with foreign DNA, known neurotoxins, and carcinogens, we could feel less shamed.
It's possible that if we hadn't studied endless resources for countless hours, in an effort to make the best decision for the health of our families, we wouldn't sustain such ridiculous mockery.
I bet if we hadn't followed the money trail, the clinical testing, and the conflicting studies, we wouldn't be looked upon with such disdain.
But we did, Jim, and now we must pay the price. We must bear the weight, and our morals will not let us shut up about it. We know we are right Jim, and so do thousands of past and present healthcare experts, scientists, and even a few politicians. Welcome to the club.
It's not all bad, though.
There's always the internal reward of retaining a logical thinking process and knowing you have more common sense than the average person.
There's knowing that every unvcaccinated baby reduces a strong risk for an adverse vaccine reaction.
There's the satisfaction of knowing that you're part of a rapidly growing movement that is raising more awareness to vaccine injury and lack of effectiveness than at any other point in vaccine history.
Don't forget all the great people you meet along the way, strangers at first, but instantly bonded over a similar mindset, and often able to share eerily similar stories.
It's not a bad gig.
You have to remember what astroturfing is, and realize just how prevalent it is within the vaccine debate. The haters aren't all actually haters. Some are paid to hate, and others are just too stupid to realize they're being duped. You'll never encounter any actual scientific evidence that vaccines don't cause autism, or a host of other neurological epidemics. If you do, it's often very inconclusive and suggests more research. There is never ANY proof presented that vaccines are totally safe and effective, because as you're probably aware by now, there is no proof of any such thing. Mandating something that basically mimics Russian Roulette is just sick, and the amount of people that do not see this is disturbing to say the least. The amount of science that actually supports the concerns of the "Anti-Vaccine" movement is overwhelming when you start getting into it. If everybody knew, this vaccine empire would crumble, but as we know well, this is not in the best interest of the multi-billion dollar drug giants, which are way too involved in politics and government affairs. It's a dirty system Jim, and it's safe to say you get it. I applaud you sir, for standing firmly with us, and using your name to bring much needed awareness to this debate.
Thank you for bringing a fresh take to the battle, much like you did when you did movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, and The Number 23.
-A Big Fan