A short segment from magicians Penn & Teller’s old show Bullsh*t! still holds up as an effective counter against anti-vaccination arguments.
“You may have heard vaccination causes autism in 1 out of 110 children,” Penn Jillette explains early on. “F*ck that. Total bullsh*t.”
But indulging the argument for a second, Jillette sets up a plexiglass “vaccination” barrier in front of plastic bowling pins to represent a group of vaccinated children. Another group, placed closest to Teller, represents children who did not get vaccines.
Gilette notes that, while positioning the barrier, he knocks one of the pins out — representing the one hypothetical children who develops autism.
But the key to the experiment is the moment when the two men start throwing balls representing various illnesses at the pins. While Jillette’s barrier holds up, more pins in Teller’s group are taken down by diseases like the flu, mumps, whooping cough, and others.
“We have vaccinations against all of them,” Jillette says. “Which side do you want your child to stand on?”
Watch the clip, as posted online, below.
[h/t Medical Daily]