Self-Published Book About Not Vaccinating Kids Trolled Hard By Amazon Reviewers
Today alone, more than 50 people have reviewed Melanie's Marvelous Measles by Stephanie Messenger, a self-published book about why you should not vaccinate your kids.
The overwhelming majority of them are not very nice.
Here's one of my favorites:
Of all the books advocating child abuse, this one probably has the best illustrations.
So, as reasonable people, we know vaccines are good. We know they don't cause autism. Because it's science fact! But if we've learned anything from stuff like global climate change, science fact means very little to some people. Like the dumb goons who don't vaccinate their kids based on fake science and "gut feelings"—resulting in the recent resurgence of measles, a disease once thought eradicated in the United States.
Melanie's Marvelous Measles is available as a paperback and an eBook, distributed by Trafford Publishing, a self-publishing service. Besides Amazon, it's also available on the Barnes & Noble website. The author lives in Australia, and it's her only published work.
This isn't a new book, either. It was published on Dec. 6, 2012. But given the recent anti-vaxx debate, the book is getting trolled hard with some very negative reviews.
Here's another one-star review:
My infant daughter went blind after contracting measles from an unvaccinated child, and yet there's no braille version of this wonderful book for me to give her someday to explain to her how awesome the disease that took her sight away is.
And here's a five-star review:
As a carpenter who specializes in itty bitty coffins I can't say enough good things about this book, my customer base has been growing at an epidemic rate!
Though, before you get too excited, here's a five-star review that's actually positive:
These comments are ridiculous. Vaccines have risk associated with them too. Go read the studies and pick up this book to help you get over the fear-mongering. Measles aren't suddenly making a comeback. There are statistics over the past decade to prove that.
Here's an interesting discussion point: This is not the first time that a controversial book has been self-published on a platform like Amazon. Like guides for sex tourism and pedophiles and rape fantasies about public figures. Now, clearly Amazon and Barnes & Noble don't support these things. But this is what happens when free speech and user-friendly publishing systems intersect. People are going to put up some dumb, offensive stuff.
In this case—are we a bit beyond the veil? Not vaccinating your kids isn't as simple as an argument about choice. If you don't do it, your kid could die, or someone else's kid could die. It's a very, very dangerous position to take, and one that's directly contrary to the public health.
So, in an instance like this, do sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble have a responsibility to remove this book from the store? Or in the interest of preventing censorship, should it stay up?
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