Thinking Ahead

Hugh Laurie, Who Played Dr. House, Appears to Have Just Brutally Roasted Anti-Vaxxers

"I’m extremely grateful to those who have thought for me."

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Hugh Laurie, the actor best known from hit TV drama “House MD,” took to Twitter today to absolutely roast the anti-vaccination movement — or, at least, we’re pretty sure he did.

“I find the injunction ‘think for yourself’ very stirring — until I remember that I could never have conceived of 99 percent of the concepts I rely on every day to survive,” a contemplative Laurie wrote. “I’m extremely grateful to those who have thought for me.”

The actor has long been a proponent of science and vaccines, and not just because of a now-famous scene in “House” in which he had to give a patient a brutal wakeup call about refusing vaccines.

The anti-vaccine movement, especially in the US, is a sticky problem. It’s currently directly contributing to disastrous flare-ups of new COVID-19 cases and deaths, which likely inspired Laurie’s zinger today.

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The issue has never been hotter, either, with President Joe Biden imposing federal vaccine mandates for the majority of US workers this week after vaccination rates slowed to a crawl over the summer despite widespread availability.

While we don’t know for sure Laurie is aiming squarely at the anti-vaccine movement with his most recent tweet, there is some precedent that strongly suggests he was indeed talking about anti-vaxxers.

In December, Laurie took the moment to reach out to the medical community, which had been working through a particularly tough period of the COVID pandemic.

“I’m sure lots of people have said this already — I just haven’t seen it anywhere — but thank you to all the scientists, researchers, administrators, technicians, logisticians for bringing this extraordinary vaccine into existence,” he wrote in a tweet.

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It’s an insightful comment from the actor, who for years played one of TV’s most iconic doctors. A mere 62 percent of all eligible Americans are fully vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s an issue of trust on a massive scale. Thinking for yourself can certainly be a virtue — but tackling an unprecedented crisis together, with the help of others, is even more so.


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