*** UPDATE: AMC Theaters will NOT be running this PSA. The theater in Long Beach, CA, however is not an AMC. If this is your local theater, or you know someone who is near Long Beach, please encourage them to contact them (thanks, Ken for the info):
LONG BEACH STADIUM 26 & IMAX
7501 East Carson Long Beach CA 562-429-3321
Regal Movie Theatres contact form:
Things I like about going to the movies:
- Watching movies
- Eating popcorn
- Having a place to go where anti-vaxxers aren’t actively killing people
Am I right? Yum! Popcorn! Yay! No one dies of meningitis!
Oh… except now Age of Autism is threatening the public by telling them they’re all going to die from the flu shots. And they’re telling you that if you need one, you’d best not get one. Because you’ll be dead from poisoning.
Starting Thanksgiving, for one week,Â
AoA SafeMinds is airing this PSA in movie theaters:
(WARNING: Not safe for the easily enraged and well informed)
Problems with this video:
- Thimerosol is not poison
- Thimerosol is not dangerous to pregnant women or children
- Thimerosol is NOT DANGEROUS. Period.
- The flu kills pregnant women
- The flu shot is totes safe for preggos, forealz.
- It makes me angry
- You won’t like me when I’m angry
The good news is that it will not be nationally distributed to millions of movie goers.
(ETA: The bad news is that I can’t read emails. The worse news is that the ads are already distributed nationally. See Jared’s comment below.)
The bad news is that it is still being shown at local venues and is expected to reach at least 500,000 people.
This is not okay. Flu shots save lives and no one should be fear-mongered away from their health and safety.
We need to act.
Here is the list of theaters who will be airing this PSA (I will update when necessary):
- ****UPDATE: AMC has replied saying that they will not be airing this or any other vaccine ads.****
- Empire 25 in New York City
- Long Beach 26 in Long Beach, California
- River East 21 in Chicago, IL
- Boston Common 19 in Boston
- Phipps Plaza 14 in Atlanta
- Tyson’s Corner 16 in McLean, VA
- Northpark Center 15 in Dallas, TX
- Rosedale 14 in Saint Paul, MN
- Pavillions 15 in Denver, CO
Not AMC. Get on it Long Beach! Don’t let this be viewed on your watch!
(Denver will not be airing the PSA.)
If any of these theaters is near you, you need to contact them. Let them know that you are displeased with their decision to air this commercial. We are calling for a boycott of all theaters showing this ad.
If you are not near any of these theaters, but know someone who is, please urge them to call, write and boycott.
And if your local theater does not think it should have to pull the ad, contact your local skeptics and organize. Get accurate vaccine informational materials together and hand them out to movie goers (off the premises). Contact your local media. Do something. Do something good. Do something to stop Age of Autism’s lies. Do something to stop your community from being threatened. Do something to save lives.
You have until Thursday.
I wish I had the time and money and resources to run a counter PSA… but I don’t.
ED: Jared posted the following in the comments but I’m copy-pasting it here so it doesn’t get lost:
Just got off of the phone with a manager at the AMC in Boston. He was clueless regarding this situation, and sounded totally surprised to hear about it.
Basically, he told me that all decisions regarding their â€œpre-showâ€ are made at the corporate level and that they have no control, locally, over what gets shown there.
I tried to be polite and let him know that his company had just stepped on a landmine, so to speak, and warn him that my call might not be the last one he gets regarding the issue. But, again, he said that thereâ€™s really nothing he can do.
His suggestion was to try to contact AMC at the corporate level, so I will suggest the same to the rest of you whose local theater is owned by them â€” are these ALL AMCs?
Anyway, the manager suggested that we leave feedback on the corporate website â€” as @Sulis noted â€” or try to contact their media relations person, a move that might look stronger if done by the organizer(s) of your local skeptics group (if you have one).
Otherwise, the next best suggestion Iâ€™ve got is to bring attention to this like Elyse said. Get in touch with local media and get them to talk about it. Pitch the story to your local news! They love controversy.