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Vaccine Advocates Gone Wild: Penn & Teller take on Anti-Vaccine Extremists.

By Christine Vara

Surprising, but true, Penn & Teller may have just provided some of the most entertaining vaccine related coverage I’ve ever seen.  First, let me just say that the Showtime airing of the Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t episode, entitled “Vaccination” is like no other vaccine coverage you have ever seen.  Which is why you have got to see it. 

A warning however.  It is not for the easily offended.  The program is rated for “Mature Audiences Only” and rightfully so since it includes a great deal of profanity throughout and even a brief scene of nudity at the end.  The frequent use of the “F-bomb”, dropped ever so purposely throughout the program, represents Penn’s  in-your-face style, that makes him so wildly passionate and on the verge of outrageous.  Of course, Teller, as the quiet side kick, also contributes to the program’s quirky combination of medical science vs. anti-vaccine quackery. 

Make no mistake about it.  This is an episode you just can’t miss!  It gets right to the point of dispelling much of the common anti-vaccine sentiment.  Right from the opening scene, the show is effective at convincing viewers that the scientific fact is that vaccines are effective at saving lives.  But the entertainment factor comes mostly from the outrageous comments you will hear from the anti-vaccine people who shockingly agreed to appear on this program.  (If I shared their comments, you wouldn’t even believe it.)  

The show will continue to air on Showtime throughout the month.  Simply search for Penn & Teller: Bullsh*t, episode #10 entitled “Vaccinations” for repeated airings throughout the remainder of the month.  Thanks to a resourceful science blog, called Respectful Insolence, you can also view it as part of a recent post here

Do Penn & Teller do the vaccination issue justice?  Let us know what you think by commenting below.

  1. August 26, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I really wish that you would research vaccines more thoroughly before posting this nonsense. You simply regurgitate everything that is spoon fed to you. Why don’t you try reading, “Vaccine Safety Manual” by Neil Z. Miller and “Fear of the Invisible” by Janine Roberts? Every parent out there deserves to know what the CDC and vaccine manufacturers are shielding from the public.


  2. Chris
    September 16, 2010 at 1:15 am

    For your information, this Dawn is the one of only three people ever banned by Orac at the Respectful Insolence blog.


  3. Robert
    November 1, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Read Amy Wallace, “Epidemic of Fear” in Wired, 2010. Its a good, balanced presentation of the vaccine issue.


  4. Chris
    November 2, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Minor correction, it is in the November 2009 issue of Wired.

    The reaction to that article was more telling, first she was part of the AoA article that depicted several people they don’t like at a Thanksgiving feast ready to eat a baby, and then she was sued by Barbara Loe Fisher (Arthur), but that was dismissed.


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