An anti-vaxxer is getting dunked on hard on Twitter for what is quite possibly the worst anti-vaxx take to date. Some goober named Calder took to the very public social media platform to tweet out this actual sentence: “The black plague disappeared without a vaccine, just saying…”
The tweet was tagged #antivax, just to make extra sure that everyone saw exactly how ignorant Calder is.
The black plague disappeared without a vaccine, just saying...#antivax— Calder Robinson (@CalderRobinson) February 10, 2019
The tweet went buried for a time but is gaining attention after Entertainment Weekly correspondent Dana Schwarts responded to it by pointing out that the black plague killed an entire third of the European population before it “disappeared.”
If anything, this stands as a dire warning about the state of education in the U.S. How someone can get through school without knowing that the black plague killed a ridiculous amount of people is a question that every politician who wants to cut funding from public education and/or is against raising teacher salaries should be sweating over in their sleep.
But it’s not just that. For starters, the black plague did not “disappear.” It’s still around and it emerges every now and again to scare the crap out of everyone. And also kill some people. In fact, there is an active plague outbreak along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo going on right now. The reason it’s not as much of a threat anymore is largely due to medical advances that include vaccines. Yes, there is a vaccine for the plague. You can send a thank you to your local CDC for the fact that no one you know has ever died from the black death.
You can also get the plague in the U.S. Don’t touch dead rodents unless you’re a professional, please.
Calder later claimed the post to be “satire,” but given how absolutely ridiculous anti-vaxxers are, it’s impossible to tell if he’s really just a troll or is backpeddling out of shame. Either way, he screwed up, especially since you know there are real anti-vaxxers out there who saw this and were like “hey, that’s a great point!”
If Calder was looking for heat, he certainly got it:
Pro plague, and pro plague accessories.— Mouse Houston (@AlchemicalMouse) March 19, 2019
That’s like saying we don’t need fire extinguishers because if you light yourself on fire, the flames will eventually go out on their own.— Matt (@ChesapeakeMatt) March 19, 2019
If he dies of the plague, I'm having this Tweet embossed onto his tombstone.— Don Kesho (@don_kesho) March 19, 2019
Hard to get sick when there's no people left alive to transmit the disease, am I right? pic.twitter.com/3VQAufLims— Joseph M. Faillace (@JFaillaceNY) March 19, 2019
Especially after you've died.— Erik Sherman (@ErikSherman) March 19, 2019
NRA talking point eventually— Charles J Dickens (@itsdickenstime) March 19, 2019
This manages to display a misunderstanding of history AND science. Nice. Usually we just get the latter.— Risa Romano 👽 (@RisaRomano) March 19, 2019
That's funny. You know what else disappeared? All the people that had the plague.— Adam Schmadam (@Acuriousdog) March 19, 2019
Sure was nice when it *checks notes* killed so many peiple that they genuinely thought the world was ending.— Zelnut (@catcherinthesty) March 20, 2019
I’ve been on social media for less than 2 minutes today and I’ve already read the most vapid, ill-informed comment I’ve seen on Twitter this year. On Twitter. In 2019. There’s got to be some kind of award for that.— Elizabeth Lee (@AlreadyRegrets) March 20, 2019
There’s a morbid saying in medicine: all bleeding stops eventually.— Mark Lewis (@marklewismd) March 20, 2019
But we still like to stop hemorrhages when we can.
And now it's back in Madagascar because of a lack of vaccines— Nathan Jensen (@CobraNahk) March 20, 2019
Went away on its own... just like Thanos.— Steven Sokulski (@StevenSokulski) March 20, 2019
At the same time ... authorities trial of women for witchcraft by drowning them to see if they floated...human beings are SMARTER that's why we are still alive....but you are seriously DUMB— Eileen Jerdonek (@EileenJerdonek) March 20, 2019
Plauge: pic.twitter.com/YrkpuOCvfK— Battron the MK fan (@BattronB) March 20, 2019
I hope all the notifications and hundreds of people hating you was worth it, man.