Uh oh. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist — an actual heart surgeon who is best known crazy anti-science things like this — just recently made Bill Maher — a man who was recently honored for a reasonable thing like this — look like Bill Frist.
And that is not a good thing…
Mr. Maher recently told his Twitter followers that people who get flu shots are "idiots."
(For the record, here's that tweet: "If u get a swine flu shot ur an idiot." U r gng 2 hav 2 xcuse his spllng. Hes supr hip!!! Anyway, shall we continue?)
On his Friday HBO show "Real Time With Bill Maher," he explained his opposition to the flu vaccine during an interview with Bill Frist, a heart surgeon who was a Republican senator from Tennessee…
He said he did not believe that healthy people were vulnerable to dying from the new H1N1 virus. This contradicts statements from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that young, healthy people from ages 5 to 24 appear particularly vulnerable to this flu. About a third of the 76 children who have died of H1N1 since April have had no underlying health problems…
Dr. Frist then cited two recent New England Journal of Medicine articles describing flu cases in the United States and the Southern Hemisphere that documented the high risks of this flu to pregnant women.
Dr. Frist: I know you don't believe this, but I'm telling you the facts. Because if you send a signal out telling pregnant women not to get this vaccine…
Mr. Maher: (interrupting) I do.
Dr. Frist: Well, you're wrong. I'm serious.
I get it, Bill Maher. I understand why you didn't immediately say, "Okay, I admit it. I'm the wrongest person ever. Let's take a break while I have my brain parts repaired."
Because it's, like, super embarrassing to have Bill Frist — a man who thinks it's possible to ascertain a person's brain function by observing home videos of them lying in a bed — remind you of how remarkably dangerous and irresponsible it is to use your celebrity to try to get pregnant women to not vaccinate themselves against a virus that is targeting them directly.
It's probably, like, even more embarrassing than getting dropped off at school by your totally lame single father who's always crying from loneliness and fear of loss as you recede farther and farther from the car.
Just so long as you stop promoting this nonsense now, we'll give you a pass.
Tags: Bill Maher, Health, Senate, Swine Flu