The real tragedy about Kennedy Jr. and the anti-vaxxer movement, like most conspiracy movements, is that their insistence on creating unrealistic boogiemen and attempting to tie up every aspect of societal corruption into a neat conspiracy bow means they undercut the very real and important problems they are frequently pointing to. Things like pollution and government collusion with big pharma and fossil fuel interests that come at the expense of public health get lost in the shuffle because these idiots are under the impression that big pharma’s already monopolistic hold over us includes the need to create childhood developmental issues. Newsflash: Those companies make the money because they are allowed to gouge us on prices. The dubious nature of the coronavirus vaccination program is the result of corruption by people named Trump and Kushner. Sidenote: It was the same guy named Trump that appointed Kennedy Jr. to the vaccine safety circus sideshow. No conspiracy theory for that?
Instead of organization against the real crimes of corruption and big business greed, the anti-vax movement has decided to go after our lizard brain’s fear of needles and combine that with well-founded mistrust of government and pharmaceutical companies. The problem, of course, is the more hesitancy people have around getting vaccinated the longer this pandemic will last, and the more chances that variants of the virus will be created, the more people will get sick and die. The anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories about microchips and vaccines causing childhood illnesses are not simply wrong, they are frequently the exact opposite of true.
Kennedy Jr.’s Facebook page remains active with 300,000 followers. His Instagram account boasted 800,000 followers. The New York Times reports that 2019 study found Kennedy’s Children’s Health Defense nonprofit were one of two groups that accounted for more than half of Facebook’s anti-vax advertisements. Kennedy has said that he doesn’t oppose vaccines as long as they are safe, but he also has promoted false claims that vaccines are not safe. It is a Catch-22 of bad science.