I didn’t watch the Golden Globes, but I decided to tune in when a frequent commenter let me know about a unique development: Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh gave out flu shots to celebrities in order to raise awareness for public health services.
In fact, Samberg (who is on Brooklyn 99) actually went one step further by slamming anti-vaxxers who are common among Hollywood elite. In the video below, you’ll hear him saying, “If you’re an anti-vaxxer, just put a napkin on your head and we’ll skip you.” You’ll also hear LMFAO‘s “Shots” being played.
— Jennifer Su (Jen Su) (@jennifer_su) January 7, 2019
Ken Jeong, a character actor made famous by his roles on Community and the Hangover, is actually a medical doctor, so it’s likely that he enjoyed the health-based stunt. Of course, not everyone was excited about spreading medical knowledge:
�#BREAKING�#GoldenGlobes #GoldenGlobes2019— Rock (@45HammerTime) January 7, 2019
Giving #fluShots If you are a Anti Vaxer put a Basket over your head.
� Evil pukes! Intelligent educated people stay away from vaccines.
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I’ve seen a few people concerned about why they would provide free flu shots to celebrities, who could certainly afford them, when it is people in destitute neighborhoods that need them. But it’s important to note that this event is a symbolic gesture to spread awareness, according to one Forbes writer.
Yes, that’s LMFAO’s song “Shots” blaring in the background. Of course, LMFAO was originally singing about alcohol shots and not flu shots, which is not the most positive of public health messages. But heck, a shot of science into the Golden Globes is a plus, so I won’t quibble. As you can see, Oh told the audience, “you know you wore a sleeveless gown for a reason!” Oh, my.
Meanwhile, Samberg said that the personnel were “from the Rite Aid at Echo Park.” Samberg added, “if you are an anti-vaxxer, just put a napkin on — perhaps over — your head and we will skip you.”
Of course, offering these audience members free shots was largely symbolic since I am guessing that pretty much everyone there could have afforded the $15-$30 that it costs to get a flu shot. But Hollywood making such a statement is important. Some celebrities may have helped and continue to help the anti-vaccination movement become what it is today by advancing claims about vaccines that are just not supported by scientific evidence.
I couldn’t have said it better myself. What better place than the Golden Globes to stand up against the anti-vaccination movement, which has largely been perpetuated by clueless celebrities who don’t even understand how science works. That – combined with the fact that Christian Bale credited Satan for inspiring him in his role as former Vice President Dick Cheney – made this a memorable event.