Warning: This post contains language that is inappropriate and not easy to read. However, for the sake of getting my message across, I will include the language as it was originally sent to me.
First let me say that I absolutely know what comes with the territory of writing a blog, especially when I write on a controversial topic such as vaccines. I’ve been receiving hate mail for 4 years. My kids have received death threats. And I know that this blog is passionately hated. Or passionately loved. Unfortunately it is rare to find a middle ground in the vaccine “debate”. Vaccines are a philosophy and the debate is about a belief system. Not science.
What I don’t understand is the HATE that comes from the opposing view.
I read an article today and it really resonated with me. The article was written by someone who wanted to find out “Just who are these ANTI-VAXXERS anyways?” The author of this article shares how she first set out thinking “ANTI-VAXXERS! Crazy People! Dangerous therapies! Autism Haters! Pseudo Science! QUACKS!” And then she got to know “anti-vaxxers”. (Read the entire article, it’s really great).
Part of the article read:
“The hatred in this country that is aimed at the ‘ANTI VAXXERS’ has put me over the edge this week.
So WHO does everyone think these Anti-Vaxxers are, anyways? Do they really deserve this hatred, this mockery, this ridicule, this BULLYING? Because that is what is sounds like, it sounds like bullying. And most of them have retreated, afraid to admit that yes, it happened to their child too. They are afraid of the bullying, and they have no voice. No matter what your stand is on vaccines … and whether you believe them or not … the question is about bullying”.
Yes, it absolutely is bullying. I wrote a post a few months back called “Dear Blog Bullies, I Don’t See Your Comments”. Whenever my vaccine posts go viral, the hate mail comes flooding in. I really don’t read the comments anymore. I now have a blog comment moderator who throws bullying comments in the trash before I ever seen them.
Last week my post “Melanie’s Marvelous Measles” spread around the internet. Even though I wrote it about 4 months ago, blog posts seem to make there rounds. This simple children’s book review sure brought out some HATE.
I typically would never read or share the absolute HATE messages that I receive, but I don’t think people really understand the hate and the bullying that is given to parents like me who have made an educated, informed decision to not vaccinate. When I read the article today where the author sheds light on the fact that it is bullying, I thought I would share just a few of the comments I’ve received within this last week. So into the trash pile of my blog comments I went. Oh the gems of comments that I found.
WARNING: content below is NOT appropriate for children. Well not appropriate for anyone really.
-“You people are a special kind of stupid, aren’t you? Why in the name of all things holy would you want to expose your children to measles? I hope some of you realize this before you have to bury a child”
-“Hitting head against a brick wall. Just where do these nutcases come from? The utterly uneducated, uniformed, unscientific delusional thought patterns behind this nonsense are absolutely UNBELIEVABLE! Your children should be removed from your care”
-“You are a moron who will kill your children”
-“Wow, you’re a fucking idiot”
-“I can’t believe someone like you has children and promoting this abuse”
-“You should have your children taken away”
-“Your promoting child abuse”
-“This has got to be the most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard”
-“This has got to be the most ass backwards book I have ever seen”
-“Seems like most of you are completely uneducated”
-“Your stupidity is harming your kids”
-“Holy shit. You are actually insane, aren’t you? Or just incredibly stupid”
-“Please jump off a building, all of you. Help eradicate stupidity one leap at a time”
-“Grow up. It is people like you all that make me embarrassed to be part of the human race”
-“Unfortunately there is no vaccine for stupid. Good luck”
-“Well, woe to you, arrogant, ignorant stupid lady. Your ilk would bring back measles and kill children all in “His Name”.
“A great big fuck you from me to you. You have blood on your hands and I hope you rot in hell”
-“YOU ARE A FUCKING MENACE.
YOU ARE LITERALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATHS OF CHILDREN.
YOU FUCKING MONSTER”
-“You are a disgrace to Christianity and America”
So this my friends is a glimpse into what we refer to as internet trolls and blog bullies. And what educated mothers who have chosen to not vaccinate are met with.
How in the world does a children’s book teaching that measles is not a disease to fear, bring this much hate out in people? And do these commenters really think that their hate is going to change my educated decision?
Or as LA Times recently described us: “Rich, Educated, and Stupid”.
Educated AND Stupid? Now that takes skill. Haha! Maybe LA Times should also add to our description: “Rich, Educated, Stupid, Hated, and Bullied”.
So while the internet trolls & blog bullies waste their time and energy using HATE. I will continue doing what I’ve done for the last 4 years. Seek truth. And speak truth.
Truth always wins.
P.S I’m not an “Anti-vaxxer” and I honestly don’t even know what that means. It’s a derogatory term that shows the ignorance behind the hate and bullying. I personally am Pro-Truth. Pro-Safety. Pro-Effectiveness. Pro-Immune System. Pro-Education. Pro-Informed Consent. Vaccines offer none of those.
The best is when I hear mothers & fathers with vaccine-injured children being called “Anti-vaxxers”. Um….no. Pretty much the opposite actually. How do you think their child was injured in the first place?