Blocked by Fire Marshal Bill!

I feel really, really good today.

The reason? Simple Orac has annoyed Jim Carrey enough to ban him on Twitter. The exchange went something like this. For the first time in a while, I was perusing Twitter (I have a really hard time keeping my Insolence to 140 characters; so I only check my Twitter account maybe once or twice a week) when I saw someone mention a couple of Tweets by Jim Carrey that went like this:

Dr. Andrew Wakefield’s studies r being unfairly supressed. His newest vacs vs unvacs study MUST BE PUBLISHED. RT “Show Me The Monkeys!” ;^)

Folks, it’s a REAL STUDY of chimps subjected to our childrens’ vaccine schedule and pharma doesn’t want the UNWELCOME TRUTH published. ;^)

Naturally, upon seeing these Tweets, I couldn’t resist sending Jim’s way just a little Insolence in five bursts of 140 characters:

@JimCarrey Generation Rescue’s conspiracy theories on the Wakefield study are laughable.

@JimCarrey BTW, Jenny & your conspiracy theory on Wakefield is hilarious.

@JimCarrey How about instead we RT “Andrew Wakefield finally got what was coming to him”?

@JimCarrey You do realize, don’t you, that you’re sounding more and more like Fire Marshal Bill talking vaccines.

@JimCarrey Finally, it wasn’t chimpanzees. It was infant Macaque monkeys subjected to injections and then killed for no good reason.

Carrey’s reponses were beyond pathetic:

@oracknows BS

@oracknows have a smoke. science says it’s healthy. ;^)

science bloggers and media snow jobbers, if selling your soul to big pharma has you depressed, try Abilify + “Show Me The Monkeys!” RT ;^)

Today I notice that it would appear that Carrey has blocked me. A badge of honor, it is, at least to me.

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People demanded a screen shot; so I give you screen shots. Click on the images for a larger version.


  1. #1 History Punk
    February 15, 2010

    You have to mount a screenshot for it to count.

  2. #2 Denice Walter
    February 15, 2010

    Jim Carrey jams 3 super-Woo faves in 2 tweets: science-said-smoking-is-healthy,sold-your-soul-to-Big-Pharma,and expressing hatred for SMI meds.Must be some kind of record.Congrats,Orac, you’ve goaded Jim to even greater heights/depths of abysmal stupidity.

  3. #3 Daniel J. Andrews
    February 15, 2010

    Oh come on, those aren’t beyond pathetic–they’re witty rejoinders….at least for a guy who thinks bending over, spreading his cheeks and talking through his sphincter is humour.

    And ditto History Punk. Show me the screenshot! 🙂

  4. #4 clevedan
    February 15, 2010

    on twitter you deliver pithy insolence

  5. #5 Perky Skeptic
    February 15, 2010

    ROFLOL!!! This is Twitter GOLD. 🙂

  6. #6 Kristen
    February 15, 2010

    I don’t know Orac, is it ethical to argue with someone who has, shall we say, limited mental acuity? It doesn’t seem to be an equal match (to say it gently). Kind of like Muhammad Ali and…The Church Lady having a boxing match.

  7. #7 Orac
    February 15, 2010

    People want screen shots, I give you screenshots added to the post. 🙂

  8. #8 Tim
    February 15, 2010

    What does RT stand for?

  9. #9 Enkidu
    February 15, 2010

    Jim left out something in his proclaimation “subjected to our children’s vaccine schedule” -> don’t forget the extra mercury added so that the vaccines they use become uncomparable to those they use today.

  10. #10 Harman Smith
    February 15, 2010

    Tim, it means re-tweet. I don’t know man, I just started using twitter.

  11. #11 Broken Link
    February 15, 2010

    But anyone can look at Jim Carrey’s tweets, his page is public

    What on earth does he gain by blocking you?

  12. #12 John Danley
    February 15, 2010

    ;^)= the new captcha for stupid.

  13. #13 nitamnaed
    February 15, 2010

    What a dope! I just shredded my copy of “The Truman Show”.

  14. #14 Vindaloo
    February 15, 2010

    Fire Marshall Bill got biatchslapped with a little insolence. Carrey’s responses are so wimpy and lame – he’s apparently a lot more funny when he reads the jokes off a cue card that some poor lackey wrote for him.

  15. #15 superdave
    February 15, 2010

    the superdave that was a kid when carrey was just reaching fame thinks this is just awesome, the 26 year old is saddened

  16. #16 Jeff
    February 15, 2010


    Blocking someone takes you out of the conversation on their twitter page. Also, if they have their account set to non-public, you won’t be able to view their tweets.

  17. #17 Squillo
    February 15, 2010

    Blocking someone on Twitter is analogous to putting one’s hands over one’s ears and singing, “La, la, la.” Doesn’t achieve much and makes you look like an idiot.

  18. #18 kittywhumpus
    February 15, 2010

    I will keep my copies of “Eternal Sunshine” and “The Truman Show,” just as I can still enjoy “Mission Impossible” and “Jerry McGuire,” but when actors run crazy, it inevitably colors my opinion of their work.

    With all the issues we face, if you apply your celebrity power to a non-issue, mislead people into making bad decisions for their children, and remain willfully blind to the evidence, I have no choice but to conclude that you are lacking in character, and I will avoid contributing to your future income.

    It’s hard to get that sort of thing into a Tweet.

  19. #19 Jen in TX
    February 15, 2010

    “Blocking someone on Twitter is analogous to putting one’s hands over one’s ears and singing, “La, la, la.” Doesn’t achieve much and makes you look like an idiot.”

    That’s so funny because I was thinking that very same thing…kinda like in this clip at 0:41…

  20. #20 rgmurray
    February 15, 2010

    When I found that Jenny McCarthy had blocked me on twitter, I was ecstatic. Somehow, Jay Gordon hasn’t yet…

  21. #21 Michael Meadon
    February 15, 2010

    Great work Orac. Lots of lulz were had by me and my kin.

  22. #22 The Mad LOLScientist, FCD
    February 15, 2010

    @Tim: Got Twitter? RT = retweet.

  23. #23 JonF
    February 15, 2010

    Funny, you’d think Ace Ventura: Pet Detective would know the difference between a chimpanzee and a monkey, considering they’re less related to one another than humans are to chimpanzees, but hey, why bother fact-checking if you’re not going to let facts get in your way anyhow?

  24. #24 Joseph
    February 15, 2010

    @oracknows have a smoke. science says it’s healthy. ;^)

    He’s apparently been fed the lie that science says (or once said) smoking is healthy. JB Handley’s hand is all over that one.

  25. #25 Liz
    February 15, 2010

    So I look at Twitter for a second and my head wants to explode because I am OLD (at 31, how sad) & don’t know what the hell is going on…

    BUT I scoot over to Jenny Macarthy’s page & see her tweet: “U guys notice the pharma sluts that come into doc offices with their short skirts and pill samples for docs? They are amazing creatures.”

    WOW. Really, Jenny “playboy” Macarthy? Really?

  26. #26 Erika
    February 15, 2010

    Hmm. Can you still see his tweets if you’re not logged in?

    Also–doesn’t he know that the Haiti charity he’s directing people to probably provides drugs, developed by those Pharma shills he loves to hate?? Not to mention (gasp) vaccines? Shocking!

  27. #27 sophia8
    February 15, 2010

    BUT I scoot over to Jenny Macarthy’s page & see her tweet: “U guys notice the pharma sluts that come into doc offices with their short skirts and pill samples for docs? They are amazing creatures.”
    The only “pharma slut” I know wears sensible business suits – short skirts don’t do his legs any favours.

  28. #28 anon
    February 15, 2010


    Plus isn’t that a bit rich coming from a pin up girl?

  29. #29 Pen
    February 15, 2010

    Twitter’s not my thing, so you’ve opened my eyes to how it works. Really favours the substantive argument, doesn’t it (not). Bit of a waste of technology, if you ask me.

  30. #30 Phil
    February 15, 2010

    And when did Carrey get his degree in biology?

  31. #31 Brian
    February 15, 2010

    Liz, McCarthy has blocked one of my twitter accts for making the very same remark you did about those ‘amazing creatures.’

    Touchy much, Jens?

    Good thing I refrained from commenting about her little personal problem.

  32. #32 Chris
    February 15, 2010

    Um, doesn’t she know that Perez Hilton is a guy?

  33. #33 bluemaxx
    February 15, 2010

    Jim “dont let the facts touch your feet” Carrey
    got his Biology degree immediately after his check was cashed at the ‘Hollywooo-d little biopharma nutriceutical homeopathic on line pharmacy and graduate school’
    he bought the 3-fer package…
    got the MA in Biology (yes… master of ARTS….), the
    Th.D., or Doctorate of Thinkology. (ironically, same degree given the scarecrow by Wizard of Oz) and of course, his combined HWMD degree. (HomeoWootastic Mediocre Doctor)

    and..he got the certificates all nice and framed, with gilt edges of colloidal silver, obviously.

  34. #34 SC (Salty Current)
    February 15, 2010

    Between your being kookblocked and “I have a really hard time keeping my Insolence to 140 characters,” this made my day.


  35. #35 mattand
    February 15, 2010

    Should we start tweeting “Free Orac” to Mr. Carrey? Or tinyurl links to Respectful Insolence?

    On another note, I’ve not heard a peep out Dawkins Award Winner Bill Maher since Wakefield got smacked down. Has the actual evidence about vaccines finally sunk in with him, or is he still doing the Anit-Vax mambo?

  36. #36 Johnny
    February 15, 2010

    Jim “dont let the facts touch your feet” Carrey
    got his Biology degree immediately after his check was cashed at the ‘Hollywooo-d little biopharma nutriceutical homeopathic on line pharmacy and graduate school’

    Are you sure? I thought he went here –

  37. #37 Yesman
    February 15, 2010

    Jenny asked Jim if he would join her on her crazy crusade against vaccines, and he said “Yes!”.

  38. #38 DLC
    February 15, 2010

    So many people fall down the rabbit hole of “gee, it seems reasonable.”
    and woebetide anyone who naysays people like Carrey.
    You’re Damned! Damned I say! because you write a blog about science, ergo you *must* be a pharma shill!

  39. #39 Kathryn
    February 15, 2010

    I want my pharma sluts* to be cycling dudes in Utilikilts. *Or microscope salesmen, whateva.

  40. #40 Not the crazy one
    February 15, 2010

    @ mattand 35
    Maher is on a comedy tour right now – apparently took the piss out of Scientology in a recent act. Turn on your “Big Pharma” irony meters.

  41. #41 Militant Agnostic
    February 15, 2010

    short skirts and pill samples for docs

    If Orac ever accepted a short skirt I for one do not want to see him in it.

  42. #42 Rogue Medic
    February 16, 2010

    While pharma sluts are in the sales business, and looking good does factor in to sales, I have not seen any wearing mini skirts.

    The ones I know are guys, who used to be paramedics. Working as a drug sales rep pays much better than working as a paramedic. I will have to inform them that according to Jenny McCarthy, y’all are a bunch of pharma sluts. They should get a giggle out of that.

    Somebody should probably send Jenny McCarthy a Twitter link to a definition of irony. First, you might have to send her a link to a YouTube that explains how to use a dictionary.

    I have pre-banned myself from Twitter. If I wanted to express myself in 140 characters, I would manufacture bumper stickers. This would be perfect for anti-vax sloganeering, since Jenny/Jim do not appear to be capable of understanding anything that requires more than a large font bumper sticker to express it. An index card is probably too much.

  43. #43 Svlad Cjelli
    February 16, 2010

    Wow. Jim Carrey is an arsehole. I didn’t think that.

  44. #44 Andrew Dodds
    February 16, 2010

    If I were ever trapped in a lift with Jim Carrey, I suspect it would end in cannibalism. After about 5 minutes.

  45. #45 MikeMa
    February 16, 2010

    Carrey traded sanity and honor for a piece of ass.

  46. #46 Andyo
    February 16, 2010

    Just one thing about the movies:

    I will keep my copies of “Eternal Sunshine” and “The Truman Show,”

    Those aren’t “Jim Carrey movies”, they are their directors’ movies. “Jim Carrey movies” are Ace Ventura and, um, the other Ace Ventura, and I guess The Pest.

  47. #47 Terrie
    February 16, 2010

    Re: Pharma reps

    Yeah, count me as another one who doesn’t ever want to see the reps in a skirt, short or otherwise. Actually, no, wait, we had one rep who was female and did wear skirts on occasion. But they weren’t terribly short skirts, and generally she brought mouse pads and jelly beans, not free samples.

  48. #48 ScottW
    February 16, 2010

    I dunno about you guys, but the few pharma reps I’ve seen (while sitting in waiting rooms) have generally been pretty dang hot.

    And it’s not surprising – because they’re essentially salesmen (or salespeople, or salessluts). And sales*** often rely on attractiveness/charisma/etc. to make a sale. It’s how it is in EVERY industry.

    Also, I wouldn’t throw out movies just because people in them are kooks. They may be kooks as far as reality goes, but movies AREN’T about reality. They can still be entertaining. 🙂

  49. #49 attack_laurel
    February 16, 2010

    re Pharma Sluts

    I *love* our Big Pharma reps; they keep me in realy cool pens (I have one that unfolds when you press a button, and it invariably makes people go “oooooOOO!”) and mouse pads.

    It’s amazing how mucky mouse pads get after just a short time.

  50. #50 Dr. Mary Johnson
    February 16, 2010

    Orac, after years and years of dealing with the fear and fall out resulting from the baseless tripe these lunatics are putting out, you are my hero.

  51. #51 Prometheus
    February 16, 2010

    Hmmmm. Seems to me that being “banned” from Jim Carrey’s “vaccines-cause-autism” Twitter feed is like being declared persona non grata in Hell.


  52. #52 Mike
    February 16, 2010

    Science says smoking is healthy? What?
    Can he really be that delusional?

  53. #53 Daniel J. Andrews
    February 16, 2010

    ooooooo…..screeeeen-shotssss. Nice!

    (why would someone twitter they were just up for a pee?–2nd screenshot–rather bizarre).

  54. #54 Andyo
    February 16, 2010

    So, Orac, when are you getting up for a pee?

    I gotta get on this tweeter thing.

  55. #55 evinfuilt
    February 17, 2010

    Science says smoking is healthy? What?

    It comes down to them believing anyone on TV in a lab coat must be a real scientist.

  56. #56 historygeek
    February 17, 2010

    hey don’t knock the free stuff in my poor grad student days the few times i need a prescription the doctors gave me some of those saamples it was most kind of them as my insurance at the time was VISA

  57. #57 234
    February 17, 2010

    Who knew that a funny actor could suffer from such a crippling case of mental retardation?

  58. #58 J Todd DeShong
    February 21, 2010

    Congratulations on being banned! I have been banned from every single AIDS Denialist website from Farber, to Bauer, to Scheff…you name it!
    I too could not be more proud!

  59. #59 Robyn
    February 26, 2010

    Jim Carrey is a CELEBRITY. He’s been in MOVIES. He is part of Hollywood! His credentials, Orac, far outweigh YOURS (a measly surgeon) in evaluating retracted articles in medical journals. If a CELEBRITY says it’s a big pharma conspiracy and anybody who disagrees should take antipsychotic drugs, who is an educated physician to argue?

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