Penn & Teller slam anti-vaxxers: "Total bullsh*t"

Especially relevant today

Published January 27, 2015 5:10PM (EST)


Anti-vaxxers have recently earned themselves a little sliver of the news cycle after a measles outbreak began Anaheim, Calif.'s Disneyland. As of Monday, there were 74 cases of the disease, which managed to spread so rapidly because a large portion of the infected were unvaccinated.

Raw Story's Arturo Garcia uncovered a clip from Penn & Teller's old Showtime show "Bullshit!" in which the magical duo thoroughly debunk claims anti-vaxxers often reference in order to justify endangering the public.

"You may have heard vaccination causes autism in 1 out of 110 children," says Penn Jillette. "Fuck that. Total bullshit."

The two then perform a thought experiment humoring anti-vaxxers who believe that 1 in 110 kids will be affected, despite science indicating otherwise. It's still way more dangerous not to be vaccinated, they convincingly argue.

Watch the clip below.

By Joanna Rothkopf

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