A Facebook group Feminists Against Vaccination have posted an anti-vaxx advert:
Their first injection was a vaccination. Protect your children from vaccinations. Vaccinations leave a lasting psychological belief that injecting is benefical. Studies have shown that children who are vaccinated are 85% more likely to inject heroin than those who are not. Vaccinations. Don't lose your child to drugs. Call 1-800-128-093 for more information. WWW.SOMETHINGAWFUL.COM
I think this advert is likely to be a hoax and/or satire - i.e. not merely factually incorrect, but posted as a joke - based on the following circumstantial evidence:
- Something Awful watermark (which doesn't prove it originated there)
- Phone number is too short for the North American Numbering Plan.
- Spelling error: "benefical".
- No anti-vaxx organisation name.
- The logo in the right corner is independently famous for being inappropriate.
- The premise that vaccinations leave a lasting psychological belief is extraordinary, and the huge size of the claimed effect is over the top.
None of this proves anything definitively.
I didn't spend enough time reading Feminists Against Vaccinations to confirm whether they posted this in good faith. (Poe's Law applies here.)
However, I have seen Facebook friends post it - not believing it was true, but thinking it was a genuine propaganda. This other source also seems to accept that this is genuine anti-vaxx propaganda.
My motivation: It would be nice to have a definitive takedown, here at Skeptics.SE, to show that this is not genuine anti-vaxx propaganda, so I can link to it the next time I see this on Facebook. Is there evidence that this is a hoax originating from Something Awful, rather than from an anti-vaxx organisation? As a good skeptic, however, I try to keep an open mind to the evidence. If people can demonstrate that it is a real advert, that would be a good answer. If they can further show that there are high-quality studies showing this effect, I would be flabberghasted, and willing to change my mind about vaccine risks.