Anti-Vaxxers Now Trying To Stop *Other* People From Getting Vaccines
It used to be that the problem with anti-vaxxers was that they wanted to refuse to vaccinate their children, which messed with herd immunity and caused outbreaks when they sent their little Typhoid Marys to school or took them to Disneyland. They asserted that it was their right as free Americans to make that choice for their children.
But now they've taken it a step further and want to deprive other free Americans of their choice to get a COVID vaccine, for what appears to be a variety of reasons including but not limited to beliefs that the vaccine is unsafe, the vaccine is Bill Gates' way of putting the Mark of the Beast in everyone, or simply that the vaccine encourages the belief that COVID-19 is a deadly virus that kills people instead of a harmless bug.
On Saturday afternoon, a not-very-large group of anti-vaxxers in Los Angeles managed to shut down the vaccine distributions at Dodger Stadium for a short period of time during what was advertised as a Scamdemic March/Protest. The LAPD, for reasons they have not made entirely clear, closed the gate for a while and refused to let anyone in to get a vaccine.
We’re at the mass vaccination site at Dodger Stadium to get my mom the vaccine. The anti–vax protestors have approa… https://t.co/pi5PwQClnO— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel Jollett)1612045297.0
The digital flyer promoting the event included a note to potential attendees instituting a "dress code" asking them to "Please refrain from wearing Trump/MAGA attire as we want our statement to resonate with the sheeple. No flags but informational signs welcomed."
It also explained that "This is a sharing information protest and march against everything COVID; vaccines, pcr tests, lockdowns, masks, Fauci, Gates, Newsom, China, digital tracking, etc." — so really, something for every brand of COVID ridiculousness.
Alas, they very likely failed in their plans to get their message to resonate with "the sheeple" at about the time when the guy in the top hat — who reportedly organized the event — got up to talk about how Bill Gates is a Satanic pedophile eugenicist.
The apparent organizer of the event repeatedly brought up Bill Gates, describing him as “a satanic pedophile eugeni… https://t.co/Gc3JyubZvI— Samuel Braslow (@Samuel Braslow)1612049873.0
And also when that same man started singing a song about how "you can shove the New World Order up your ass."
On their way to the entrance, a man in a top hat sang, “You can stick your new world order up your ass,” and then h… https://t.co/KOqFfXSZMx— Samuel Braslow (@Samuel Braslow)1612050913.0
The song also included a verse about how "We are the 99 percent," though I'm guessing he has a very different 99 percent in mind than Occupy protesters did. Though to be fair, I did once leave an Occupy protest because some dude cornered me and would not stop talking to me about fluoride conspiracies, so I suppose it is possible that he did. Still. He seems confused about a lot of things.
If you're feeling a little masochistic or want to make sure no one you know was in attendance, there's a livestream of the whole thing.
Unsurprisingly, the people who had waited for hours for their vaccine and then had to wait even longer were not amused by their shenanigans.
Via LA Times:
"This is completely wrong," said German Jaquez, who drove from his home in La Verne and had been waiting an hour for his vaccination when the stadium's gates were closed. He said some of the protesters were telling people in line that the coronavirus is not real and that the vaccination is dangerous.
"This is the wrong message," Jaquez said. "I've been waiting for weeks to get an appointment. I am a dentist; I am taking a big risk being around patients. I want to be safe for my patients and for my family. The vaccine is the only way to beat the virus."
Meanwhile, more than 40,000 Californians have died from COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The sad thing about this shit is that these people sincerely believe they are helping people — possibly even saving their lives — and that they are doing a good thing. With the anti-maskers and anti-lockdown jerks, they're obviously just selfish assholes who don't care if people live or die, and they seem generally quite comfortable with that. They're running through Targets yell-singing "We're Not Gonna Take It" and what have you. But a lot of the people who genuinely think the vaccines are going to kill people probably do have actual good intentions, and it's sad to see that instinct pushed in such a destructive and harmful direction.
Well, except for the people yelling about the how Bill Gates is the anti-Christ trying to get everyone to take the Mark of the Beast so he can eat more babies or whatever it is they think is going on here. There's not really a healthy direction for that instinct to go.
Anyway! That's enough of that — this is now your open thread! Talk amongst yourselves and have a lovely day!
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