Let’s go have a drink at Chili’s! CHEERS

When informed consumers go at your company, it’s advisable to pay attention. Is this latest skirmish between anti-vax promoters and a major restaurant chain a turning point in vaccination awareness?

We covered this story in leftovers yesterday but it has hit the mainstream press today. I think that’s a VERY good thing. The autism org also shows its true colors in its reaction to consumers.

Chili’s Nixes Autism Event After Backlash – ABC News.

Chili’s has canceled a fundraiser for a group that says that autism can be triggered by vaccinations, a position widely discredited by the medical community.

To honor National Autism Awareness month, the restaurant chain had planned on donating a portion of its sales on Monday to the National Autism Association. The group, based in Attleboro Falls, Mass., says its focus is on safety issues for the autistic community. But a section of its website also states that it believes vaccinations can “trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children.”

This was the outcry yesterday mainly by bloggers that made a big wave on social media. Chili’s Autism Awareness Problem. Chili’s pulls their support for anti-vax Autism org after outcry. They communicated via Facebook page. Chili’s is committed to giving back to the… 

From the AP article above, the president of the National Autism Association, Wendy Fournier, said she was “shocked” by the backlash and “this group of individuals that is trying to pigeonhole us as anti-vaccine.” She also noted they would not be changing the website that has this information. AND, she sends up a giant woo-woo flag saying that it’s not clear that vaccines DON’T cause autism. OH, yes it is clear, and you, NAA, are contributing to suffering and death with your baseless stance against them.

Vaccination rates are down in many wealthy countries and, because of that, there is a resurgence in vaccine-preventable diseases and even deaths.

Orac blogs about it here:Chili’s gets burned by an antivaccine group posing as an “autism advocacy” group – Respectful Insolence. Mike Adams, of Natural News, continues the parade of nonsense, calling it a “smear campaign” by “medical nazis” (that’s why NN heads the No-no list). As Orac notes, Chili’s tried to do a good thing but didn’t know the ugly stuff behind this charity.

The more that we speak up against anti-vax misinformation, the faster this dangerous trend in children’s health falls away. Chili’s did an excellent thing by dropping the event. You should say thank you and let them know that the outrage comments they get about being nazis are outweighed by the thoughtful, knowledgable patrons who value vaccines as a vital health issue.

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  9 comments for “Let’s go have a drink at Chili’s! CHEERS

  1. Frederick
    April 7, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Since i Live in Quebec, and we don’t have Chili’s, I never ate there. It is not the kind the Restaurant I normally go, but If i ever go to US again, I might go eat there, and have a drink as a symbol of my thumps up! Big food chain and store often do bad things, but when they do good one, I think they deserve for us to tell them, positive reinforcement!

    That NAA what a bunch of hypocrite, “where are not anti-vaxxerss” yeah i guess they just ask question. yeah right. What a waste of money it will have been!

    • April 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      There’s one in Boucherville.

  2. Chris
    April 7, 2014 at 9:33 PM

    From the AP article above, the president of the National Autism Association, Wendy Fournier, said she was “shocked” by the backlash and “this group of individuals that is trying to pigeonhole us as anti-vaccine.”

    Ms. Fournier should realize that the Internet never forgets:

    The National Autism Association (NAA) sees the ruling as confirmation of what so many parents have been saying for years. “This case echoes the stories of thousands of children across the country. With almost 5,000 similar cases pending in vaccine court, we are confident that this is just the first of many that will confirm what we have believed for so long, vaccines can and do cause children to regress into autism,” says Wendy Fournier, parent and president of NAA.

    • eddi
      April 8, 2014 at 4:33 AM

      No more Memory Holes to lose inconvenient facts in.

    • One Eyed Jack
      April 8, 2014 at 9:27 AM

      Yes, there is a difference between being pigeonholed and stepping in your own steaming pile of excrement.

      • Chris
        April 8, 2014 at 10:55 AM

        And then there is flat out lying. Guess where she will be next weekend, an autism quack fest:

        World Class Speakers:
        Rob Schneider • Aidan Quinn • Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh • Dr. Arthur Krigsman • Dr. Andrew Wakefield • Dr. Kendal Stewart • Wendy Fournier • Polly Tommey •

  3. Angela
    April 8, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    Yes I was looking at the NAA Facebook page last night–they were trying to backtrack. Saying they had ‘outdated’ information. However, I am not seeing any signs as of yet that they are taking that information down. I will also say there were a LOT of people going to their FB wall and saying they were removing their ‘like’ from the page. The bad thing is, so many will hit that ‘like’ button if it seems as though it is an advocacy group. I always check to see what is actually being defended, and in this case, I saw quickly it was bad information.

    They were not ‘pigeonholed’ into an anti-vaccine stance. They took that stance by promoting the bad information.

  4. Phil
    April 9, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    One wonders how Chili’s vets the charities to which they donate money.

  5. Travis
    April 10, 2014 at 7:01 AM

    Good job, Chili’s. This should bring some light on the issue to those who are less aware

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