Last night YouTube star Jeff Holiday stopped by “The Smoking Nun” to debunk the anti-vax movement. In the episode, Jeff provides a high-level overview of the anti-vax documentary “Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe.” After a quick breakdown, Jeff debated an anti-vaxxer. The debate that ensued was so hilarious that the episode will go down in history as one the best in non sequitur history.
If you are not familiar with Jeff Holiday, he runs a YouTube Channel with more than 100,000 subscribers. In his about section, Jeff says he’s, “Just a humble neuroscience student using his free time to debunk bad science, discuss current issues with logic and have a good time.”
Holiday’s most well-known work is his series of videos where he debunks Jillian Epperly’s “Jilly Juice” protocol. His videos debunking Jillian landed him on the Dr. Phil show in the spring of 2018. On the episode, he and Jillian squared off and debated her outrageous claims that her juice could regrow limbs, cure homosexuality, and cure cancer.
Following the episode, Holiday’s channel snowballed. He’s used his newfound success to focus his energy on debunking the conspiracy theory anti-vaccine movie “Vaxxed.”
The five-part series “Inoculating Against Vaxxed,” breaks down the key players, exposes director Andrew Wakefield, and answers the most significant questions posed by the documentary. With nearly 200,000 total views, the series is quickly becoming a go-to for individuals interested in learning the truth behind the movie.
Naturally, when we explored a guest to talk about “Vaxxed,” we believed Holiday would be the perfect fit. He started off explaining the basics of Andrew Wakefield’s study and subsequent fraud. Then offered key reasons about why the movie and anti-vax movement has become so large.
When we asked him why so many people were drawn to the anti-vax movement, he explained the answer was two-fold.
The film “Vaxxed” lays out a government conspiracy about withholding information from citizens about the link between vaccines and autism found in a scientific study. By highlighting the dirty secret, viewers feel they have gained access to classified information that no one else knows.
As a result, viewers end up feeling special for knowing details that the government does not want us to know. This fosters a US vs. Them mentality. The individual becomes part of an inside group that “knows the truth,” and for many this feeling becomes intoxicating.
The other reason the movie is compelling Holiday says is that the film offers parents of children with autism an answer to the cause of the disorder.
Since Autism Spectrum Disorder’s root cause has not been identified, many parents feel helpless after receiving the diagnosis for their child. Doctors most often tell families that the disorder is genetic. When parents learn the disorder is a result of their genes, many feel guilty or angry with themselves.
Additionally, the film offers them solutions of how to treat ASD through the use of a doctor that specializes in detoxing and stripping the “heavy metals” left in the child’s brain.
As a result, parents that once felt enormous guilt with themselves feel a sense of relief. For the first time, someone has told them that they did nothing wrong to harm their child.
With so many parents stories shared in the movie, the film offers a sense of community for the parents.
Our conversation took a sharp left-turn when an anti-vaxxer spontaneously joined our stream. Flat Earth Aussie Jesus shared his belief that sanitation, clean water, and nutrition have led to the end of many diseases. He also shared his disbelief in modern medicine and said he relies on colloidal silver for all his health issues.
As the debate unfolded, the nonsense that dribbled out of Flat Earth Aussie’s mouth made it hard for the co-hosts to keep a straight face. What unfolded was a truly classic episode that will leave most viewers with a side-ache from laughter.
Holiday debunks nearly all of the anti-vaxxer’s arguments. The show ends with a not safe for work expletive rant by Holiday about how to best enjoy St. Patrick’s Day.
I will include a link to the show – as embedding the video will not make my advertisers happy.
Watch the Live Stream here: Jeff Holiday Debunks the Anti-Vaccine Movement in Hilarious Debate
Also, if you want another side-splitting laugh, watch my video on Kat Von D’s claims that she’s not an anti-vaxxer
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
She co-hosts the YouTube show, “The Smoking Nun,” with Kyle Curtis. The show airs weekly and tackles pseudoscience, current events, and crime stories.
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