Skepticism

That Mitchell and Webb Look: Homeopathy

A number of people sent this one in, and for good reason (Patrick, Chris, and Sean, thanks!). This is one of the best send-ups of homeopathy I’ve ever seen . . . I laughed, I cried, I watched it three times in a row. From Brit show That Mitchell and Webb Look:

Also from That Mitchell and Webb Look, here’s one about sexist advertising, sent in by Josh:

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

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13 Comments

  1. Sadly I know lots of people who are spending wads of money on that baloney. If you challenge them they get all flipped out. I think they need to ditch the Bach Flower Remedies and get some therapy and Paxil.

  2. Not that homeopathy isn’t a load asshatery, but I think it is to Skepchicks what gay rights are to fundies. Its something we bash every chance we get and tell people “Hey, now THERE’S a lousy idea!”

    ‘Course a subtle difference would be that our “You want to do something really harmful” response is backed up by evidence and theirs isn’t.

  3. Is it wrong that the first thing I thought after watching this on Wednesday night (when the show is aired here in Britain) was: “damn, I’d better send that into Skepchicks!”

    Looks like I was too slow (and have too short an attention span to carry out any plans).

  4. The bad vicar. I love this one, if for no other reason than the vicar reminds me how condesending I can be if I don’t keep myself on a lesh

  5. @Summer: Yes, friends’ being into woo is why I tend not to link to videos like this on my Facebook page. I’ll link to the odd skeptical or atheistic site, but I don’t want to cut too close to a nerve.

  6. That homeopathy skit was very fun.

    But I am not sure why that ad skit is seen as sexist rather than just a statement of the overarching idiocy of most advertising’s primary theme?

    Sort of a forest for the trees thing I think.

    I mean, yes, the women’s bit has some sexist angle, but the more overarching and profound theme of both is the basic stupidity of both men and women, their inability to function as meaningful or useful entities, their need of product to survive, and of course the overall stereotyping that all that entails.

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