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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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.

By Denice Walter (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

Oh come on, those aren't beyond pathetic--they're witty 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! :)

By Daniel J. Andrews (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

on twitter you deliver pithy insolence

ROFLOL!!! This is Twitter GOLD. :)

By Perky Skeptic (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

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.

What does RT stand for?

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.

Tim, it means re-tweet. I don't know man, I just started using twitter.

By Harman Smith (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

What a dope! I just shredded my copy of "The Truman Show".

By nitamnaed (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

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

By superdave (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink


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.

By kittywhumpus (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

"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...

By Jen in TX (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

@Tim: Got Twitter? RT = retweet.

By The Mad LOLSci… (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

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?

Hmm. Can you still see his tweets if you're not logged in?

Also--doesn't he know that the Haiti charity he's directing people to probably provides drugs, developed by those Pharma shills he loves to hate?? Not to mention (gasp) vaccines? Shocking!

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.


Plus isn't that a bit rich coming from a pin up girl?

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.

And when did Carrey get his degree in biology?

Um, doesn't she know that Perez Hilton is a guy?

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?

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.

By Not the crazy one (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

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.

By Militant Agnostic (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

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.

Wow. Jim Carrey is an arsehole. I didn't think that.

By Svlad Cjelli (not verified) on 15 Feb 2010 #permalink

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

By Andrew Dodds (not verified) on 16 Feb 2010 #permalink

Carrey traded sanity and honor for a piece of ass.

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.

By attack_laurel (not verified) on 16 Feb 2010 #permalink

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.


Science says smoking is healthy? What?
Can he really be that delusional?

ooooooo.....screeeeen-shotssss. Nice!

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

By Daniel J. Andrews (not verified) on 16 Feb 2010 #permalink

So, Orac, when are you getting up for a pee?

I gotta get on this tweeter thing.

Science says smoking is healthy? What?

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

By evinfuilt (not verified) on 17 Feb 2010 #permalink

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

By historygeek (not verified) on 17 Feb 2010 #permalink

Who knew that a funny actor could suffer from such a crippling case of mental retardation?

Congratulations on being banned! I have been banned from every single AIDS Denialist website from Farber, to Bauer, to 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?