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Blocked by Fire Marshal Bill!

I feel really, really good today.

The reason? Simple Orac has annoyed Jim Carrey enough to ban him on Twitter. The exchange went something like this. For the first time in a while, I was perusing Twitter (I have a really hard time keeping my Insolence to 140 characters; so I only check my Twitter account maybe once or twice a week) when I saw someone mention a couple of Tweets by Jim Carrey that went like this:

Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s studies r being unfairly supressed. His newest vacs vs unvacs study MUST BE PUBLISHED. RT “Show Me The Monkeys!” ;^)

Folks, it’s a REAL STUDY of chimps subjected to our childrens’ vaccine schedule and pharma doesn’t want the UNWELCOME TRUTH published. ;^)

Naturally, upon seeing these Tweets, I couldn’t resist sending Jim’s way just a little Insolence in five bursts of 140 characters:

@JimCarrey Generation Rescue’s conspiracy theories on the Wakefield study are laughable.

@JimCarrey BTW, Jenny & your conspiracy theory on Wakefield is hilarious.

@JimCarrey How about instead we RT “Andrew Wakefield finally got what was coming to him”?

@JimCarrey You do realize, don’t you, that you’re sounding more and more like Fire Marshal Bill talking vaccines.

@JimCarrey Finally, it wasn’t chimpanzees. It was infant Macaque monkeys subjected to injections and then killed for no good reason.

Carrey’s reponses were beyond pathetic:

@oracknows BS

@oracknows have a smoke. science says it’s healthy. ;^)

science bloggers and media snow jobbers, if selling your soul to big pharma has you depressed, try Abilify + “Show Me The Monkeys!” RT ;^)

Today I notice that it would appear that Carrey has blocked me. A badge of honor, it is, at least to me.

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By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

59 replies on “Blocked by Fire Marshal Bill!”

Jim Carrey jams 3 super-Woo faves in 2 tweets: science-said-smoking-is-healthy,sold-your-soul-to-Big-Pharma,and expressing hatred for SMI meds.Must be some kind of record.Congrats,Orac, you’ve goaded Jim to even greater heights/depths of abysmal stupidity.

Oh come on, those aren’t beyond pathetic–they’re witty rejoinders….at least for a guy who thinks bending over, spreading his cheeks and talking through his sphincter is humour.

And ditto History Punk. Show me the screenshot! 🙂

I don’t know Orac, is it ethical to argue with someone who has, shall we say, limited mental acuity? It doesn’t seem to be an equal match (to say it gently). Kind of like Muhammad Ali and…The Church Lady having a boxing match.

Jim left out something in his proclaimation “subjected to our children’s vaccine schedule” -> don’t forget the extra mercury added so that the vaccines they use become uncomparable to those they use today.

Fire Marshall Bill got biatchslapped with a little insolence. Carrey’s responses are so wimpy and lame – he’s apparently a lot more funny when he reads the jokes off a cue card that some poor lackey wrote for him.

the superdave that was a kid when carrey was just reaching fame thinks this is just awesome, the 26 year old is saddened


Blocking someone takes you out of the conversation on their twitter page. Also, if they have their account set to non-public, you won’t be able to view their tweets.

Blocking someone on Twitter is analogous to putting one’s hands over one’s ears and singing, “La, la, la.” Doesn’t achieve much and makes you look like an idiot.

I will keep my copies of “Eternal Sunshine” and “The Truman Show,” just as I can still enjoy “Mission Impossible” and “Jerry McGuire,” but when actors run crazy, it inevitably colors my opinion of their work.

With all the issues we face, if you apply your celebrity power to a non-issue, mislead people into making bad decisions for their children, and remain willfully blind to the evidence, I have no choice but to conclude that you are lacking in character, and I will avoid contributing to your future income.

It’s hard to get that sort of thing into a Tweet.

“Blocking someone on Twitter is analogous to putting one’s hands over one’s ears and singing, “La, la, la.” Doesn’t achieve much and makes you look like an idiot.”

That’s so funny because I was thinking that very same thing…kinda like in this clip at 0:41…

Funny, you’d think Ace Ventura: Pet Detective would know the difference between a chimpanzee and a monkey, considering they’re less related to one another than humans are to chimpanzees, but hey, why bother fact-checking if you’re not going to let facts get in your way anyhow?

@oracknows have a smoke. science says it’s healthy. ;^)

He’s apparently been fed the lie that science says (or once said) smoking is healthy. JB Handley’s hand is all over that one.

So I look at Twitter for a second and my head wants to explode because I am OLD (at 31, how sad) & don’t know what the hell is going on…

BUT I scoot over to Jenny Macarthy’s page & see her tweet: “U guys notice the pharma sluts that come into doc offices with their short skirts and pill samples for docs? They are amazing creatures.”

WOW. Really, Jenny “playboy” Macarthy? Really?

BUT I scoot over to Jenny Macarthy’s page & see her tweet: “U guys notice the pharma sluts that come into doc offices with their short skirts and pill samples for docs? They are amazing creatures.”
The only “pharma slut” I know wears sensible business suits – short skirts don’t do his legs any favours.

Twitter’s not my thing, so you’ve opened my eyes to how it works. Really favours the substantive argument, doesn’t it (not). Bit of a waste of technology, if you ask me.

Jim “dont let the facts touch your feet” Carrey
got his Biology degree immediately after his check was cashed at the ‘Hollywooo-d little biopharma nutriceutical homeopathic on line pharmacy and graduate school’
he bought the 3-fer package…
got the MA in Biology (yes… master of ARTS….), the
Th.D., or Doctorate of Thinkology. (ironically, same degree given the scarecrow by Wizard of Oz) and of course, his combined HWMD degree. (HomeoWootastic Mediocre Doctor)

and..he got the certificates all nice and framed, with gilt edges of colloidal silver, obviously.

Should we start tweeting “Free Orac” to Mr. Carrey? Or tinyurl links to Respectful Insolence?

On another note, I’ve not heard a peep out Dawkins Award Winner Bill Maher since Wakefield got smacked down. Has the actual evidence about vaccines finally sunk in with him, or is he still doing the Anit-Vax mambo?

Jim “dont let the facts touch your feet” Carrey
got his Biology degree immediately after his check was cashed at the ‘Hollywooo-d little biopharma nutriceutical homeopathic on line pharmacy and graduate school’

Are you sure? I thought he went here –

Jenny asked Jim if he would join her on her crazy crusade against vaccines, and he said “Yes!”.

So many people fall down the rabbit hole of “gee, it seems reasonable.”
and woebetide anyone who naysays people like Carrey.
You’re Damned! Damned I say! because you write a blog about science, ergo you *must* be a pharma shill!

@ mattand 35
Maher is on a comedy tour right now – apparently took the piss out of Scientology in a recent act. Turn on your “Big Pharma” irony meters.

short skirts and pill samples for docs

If Orac ever accepted a short skirt I for one do not want to see him in it.

While pharma sluts are in the sales business, and looking good does factor in to sales, I have not seen any wearing mini skirts.

The ones I know are guys, who used to be paramedics. Working as a drug sales rep pays much better than working as a paramedic. I will have to inform them that according to Jenny McCarthy, y’all are a bunch of pharma sluts. They should get a giggle out of that.

Somebody should probably send Jenny McCarthy a Twitter link to a definition of irony. First, you might have to send her a link to a YouTube that explains how to use a dictionary.

I have pre-banned myself from Twitter. If I wanted to express myself in 140 characters, I would manufacture bumper stickers. This would be perfect for anti-vax sloganeering, since Jenny/Jim do not appear to be capable of understanding anything that requires more than a large font bumper sticker to express it. An index card is probably too much.

If I were ever trapped in a lift with Jim Carrey, I suspect it would end in cannibalism. After about 5 minutes.

Just one thing about the movies:

I will keep my copies of “Eternal Sunshine” and “The Truman Show,”

Those aren’t “Jim Carrey movies”, they are their directors’ movies. “Jim Carrey movies” are Ace Ventura and, um, the other Ace Ventura, and I guess The Pest.

Re: Pharma reps

Yeah, count me as another one who doesn’t ever want to see the reps in a skirt, short or otherwise. Actually, no, wait, we had one rep who was female and did wear skirts on occasion. But they weren’t terribly short skirts, and generally she brought mouse pads and jelly beans, not free samples.

I dunno about you guys, but the few pharma reps I’ve seen (while sitting in waiting rooms) have generally been pretty dang hot.

And it’s not surprising – because they’re essentially salesmen (or salespeople, or salessluts). And sales*** often rely on attractiveness/charisma/etc. to make a sale. It’s how it is in EVERY industry.

Also, I wouldn’t throw out movies just because people in them are kooks. They may be kooks as far as reality goes, but movies AREN’T about reality. They can still be entertaining. 🙂

re Pharma Sluts

I *love* our Big Pharma reps; they keep me in realy cool pens (I have one that unfolds when you press a button, and it invariably makes people go “oooooOOO!”) and mouse pads.

It’s amazing how mucky mouse pads get after just a short time.

Hmmmm. Seems to me that being “banned” from Jim Carrey’s “vaccines-cause-autism” Twitter feed is like being declared persona non grata in Hell.


ooooooo…..screeeeen-shotssss. Nice!

(why would someone twitter they were just up for a pee?–2nd screenshot–rather bizarre).

Science says smoking is healthy? What?

It comes down to them believing anyone on TV in a lab coat must be a real scientist.

hey don’t knock the free stuff in my poor grad student days the few times i need a prescription the doctors gave me some of those saamples it was most kind of them as my insurance at the time was VISA

Congratulations on being banned! I have been banned from every single AIDS Denialist website from Farber, to Bauer, to Scheff…you name it!
I too could not be more proud!

Jim Carrey is a CELEBRITY. He’s been in MOVIES. He is part of Hollywood! His credentials, Orac, far outweigh YOURS (a measly surgeon) in evaluating retracted articles in medical journals. If a CELEBRITY says it’s a big pharma conspiracy and anybody who disagrees should take antipsychotic drugs, who is an educated physician to argue?

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