This photo was making rounds this past weekend on Facebook and Twitter. Many people who should know better were blinded by the appalling ridiculousness and passed it along as a demonstration of stupidity.
Stop. You are making things worse!
Even by trying to express outrage, you will be amazed at how many will not read an explanation but just pass it on out of context and thus assume it’s real.
See if you can spot the blatant errors in the picture.
It’s apparently been around since 2013. It was addressed in this piece last summer. Snopes finally addressed it today.
Problems easily spottable:
- The Something Awful tag – That is a humor site; this is a satire piece mocking the ridiculous position of anti-vaccination advocates.
- The phone number is an invalid number of digits.
- Unreferenced statistics that sound absurd on the surface.
- Beware of Poe’s law.
As this piece notes, this kind of satire seems more dangerous than effective. I could not find enough information to determine whether Feminists Against Vaccination, the facebook page with over 3000 “likes” that popularized this new wave of stupid, is real or satire itself.
They respond on one of the 20K+ comments to this picture: “We are shocked and offended that you would consider us a “satire” page. We exist to support women in their struggle against vaccination and the patriarchy. It is very immature of you not to recognize that.”
Umm…? I think I’m just going to turn and run away. Whatever it is, it’s not right. There is something disturbing about the idea that many of us would not put such insane propaganda past anti-vaxxers. Please don’t let outrage cause you to propagate information, even if you point out it’s fake.