Sesame Street recently introduced to their cast of colorful puppets a new character, Julia, the first Muppet character with autism. Aside from being used to introduced children to the concept of autism, Julia is also being used to teach children how to best interact with their autistic peers in spite of their differences.
As someone who is on the autistic spectrum myself, I really appreciate the show introducing this character, not only as a matter of representation, but also as a way to teach children about autism and how to get along with people on the spectrum.
Of course, you don’t have to be autistic yourself to appreciate this new character. You simply have to be a decent human being. Sadly, as the world has proven far too many times, especially under our current president, there is a vast shortage of decent human beings in the world.
Many of the less-than-decent human beings were not as enthused as I or anyone else about this new Muppet character, and they took to social media to voice their displeasure:
Of course, it’s easy to dismiss the Facebook post above as being just one bad apple—but unfortunately, it turns out there’s a whole bunch of these rotten apples on-line, and they’re even too rotten for Oscar the Grouch and his pet worm, Slimey!
Specifically, it’s the anti-vaxxers taking issue with Julia, insisting that she’s part of a conspiracy by Big Pharma to promote their "dirty vaccines" and give every child autism in order to...uh...um...actually, I have no idea what the end goal is supposed to be!
Anyway, this is what some of these pitiful anti-vaxxers had to say:
“The rollout of autistic Julia is Sesame Street’s attempt to ‘normalize’ vaccine injuries and depict those victimized by vaccines as happy, ‘amazing’ children rather than admitting the truth that vaccines cause autism in some children and we should therefore make vaccines safer and less frequent to save those children from a lifetime of neurological damage,” wrote Mike “The Health Ranger” Adams, of Natural News.Hopefully, I don’t have to inform you all that there’s no evidence that vaccines cause autism. Unfortunately, there’s nothing I can say to anti-vaxxers to make them think otherwise—because if they actually cared about the facts, they wouldn’t be anti-vaxxers!
While many parents, physicians and educators hailed the character’s introduction, some critics have complained that Julia is a girl — although boys are far more likely to have autism — or pointed out that her autism is relatively moderate.
Adams, however, described the character as “yet another sickening example of the absolute mental derangement of modern society.”
...But Adams and other anti-vaxxers appear to be blaming the victims of what they see as a conspiracy between the government and pharmaceutical companies.
“Yayyyyyy!!!! Autism is normal!!! Let’s celebrate our children’s neurological disorders!!! DON’T ASK WHY!!!” Facebook user Will Durden posted on the page maintained by the Vaccine Resistance Movement.
Many commenters to that post agreed.
“I’m so glad I’m not the only one who thought this!! I was like why in the world is everyone celebrating this?!!” posted Lindsay Serrahn. “Normalize autism! It’s not normal, it’s cruel that vax companies help cause this and then it’s oh this is normal.”
So the only thing I can say to them is that this blog post is brought to you today by the word “f***”, the letter ‘u’, and the number zero, which is the number of f***s that anyone should bother giving these anti-vaxxer morons!