Warning: You might want to do a crossword puzzle after reading this because you’re about to become slightly dumber through exposure.
Darla Shine is the wife of Bill Shine, a former Fox executive who left the company in disgrace only to wind up as White House deputy chief of staff for communications in the Trump administration.
While Bill appears to have a talent for failing up, Darla Shine appears to be a unique talent as well, staking out a bold pro-measles stance on Twitter.
In a tweet in which she scoffed at reports of recent measles outbreaks in multiple states, Shine claimed that the existence of Baby Boomers proves that measles is no biggie, even urging for the nostalgic return of such quaint old illnesses. (To be clear, according to Wikipedia, measles causes more deaths worldwide than any other vaccine-preventable disease.)
Shine even affixed a VERY catchy hashtag, saying:
“Bring back our #ChildhoodDiseases they keep you healthy & fight cancer”.
Errrrrrrrrrrr. Better make it the New York Times crossword.
— Darla Shine (@DarlaShine) February 13, 2019
Parents and other humans with functional, non-diseased brains took some issue with Shine’s bold pro-childhood illness agenda.
Measles is the most lethal vaccine-preventable disease. Obviously you only know the boomers who didn’t die of it, you moron https://t.co/cpWKsLEYDL
— Elizabeth Bruenig (@ebruenig) February 13, 2019
BREAKING: Boomer Brain Destroyed By Too Much Computer https://t.co/5pn3sb258r
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) February 13, 2019
BRING👏 BACK 👏OUR 👏#ChildhoodDiseases👏 https://t.co/njxhQRSfpG
— Will🦕Menaker (@willmenaker) February 13, 2019
Bringing back childhood diseases to own the libs. https://t.co/WElyFT0dWy
— ana marie cox (@anamariecox) February 13, 2019
So basically, the children who died and were permanently disabled don’t count.
I too can say things like “war is perfectly safe. All the World War II veterans who went through it and are alive today are still alive.”
Doesn’t make it smart. https://t.co/ba05JBvsXV
— I’m S.A. Barton and I approve this science fiction (@Tao23) February 13, 2019
“The entire babyboom generation alive today had measles”. This is survivor bias.
~1 in 500 healthy people who get measles die. In 1980, the year I was born, more than 2.5 million people died of measles, globally. Latest figures <100k. Vaccines did that. https://t.co/FOsk7cKW7q
— David F Porteous (@dfpiii) February 13, 2019
My dad had measles. He now has terminal cancer. 2 friends had polio; 1 dead, 1 disabled.
My mum had measles. So did her best friend, who went deaf. My mum had skin cancer.
5 of my grandmother’s 13 siblings died from childhood diseases, including measles, before she was born. https://t.co/EUB2Igeb4F
— Jenn 🏳️🌈 || Off-Brand Baba Yaga (@jennscribbles) February 13, 2019
Why only measles? Let’s bring back all those fanciful diseases of yore!
Why stop at childhood diseases.
Let’s get scurvy back in rotation https://t.co/L9zQbOpvbb
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) February 13, 2019
Make polio great again! https://t.co/AjJe3n45LH
— Alex Leo (@AlexMLeo) February 13, 2019
You can’t die of cancer if you die of measles first. <think about it gif> https://t.co/mkHVRMw5CE
— David Waldman-1, LLC™ (@KagroX) February 13, 2019
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) February 13, 2019
While people simply clowned on Shine for being a big dummy, some expressed serious concern that someone with these views was so closely connected to the White house.
This is the wife of Bill Shine, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications. She believes that having the measles is healthy and helps you fight cancer. https://t.co/AxBUEZryoy
— Jessica Huseman (@JessicaHuseman) February 13, 2019
The spouse of the Trump White House **communications director** is pushing anti-vax lies that are bringing back one of the most horrible infectious diseases known to mankind. Does Bill Shine also believe this dangerous garbage? The WH press should ask him. https://t.co/bhmpzE2Y0M pic.twitter.com/9ZXO8BYWOp
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 13, 2019
How nice. The wife of Bill Shine, the disgraced former Fox executive who now runs the Trump regime’s official propaganda wing, is also an anti-vaxxer. Which, given that she’s a conservative, lines up well with the general disdain for established scientific facts. https://t.co/kbZdufA1rC
— RiShawn Biddle (@dropoutnation) February 13, 2019
The wife of Trump aide and former Fox News chief Bill Shine is an anti-vaxxer. https://t.co/gAbOrK2RWX
— Robbie Whelan (@RWhelanWSJ) February 13, 2019
The wife of a top aide to the president is a health hazard. All by herself. Anti-vaxxers are killers, murdering children with fake science, trying to turn their ignorance into a fatal epidemic. https://t.co/h9H1nzytPQ
— David Rothkopf (@djrothkopf) February 13, 2019
My great grandma buried two of her babies from the measles. You ever feel like a hike in the woods, I can show you their tombstones, along with her sister’s tombstone. She lived her life blind, from the measles. https://t.co/OksxxzJERw
— Randbrick (@HitherToFore) February 13, 2019
This moron says she’s married to an assistant to the President. I hope he’s smarter than she is.
For the record, there’s no evidence that having had measles protects you from cancer. If it did, a lot of my friends would still be alive. https://t.co/C5KL5m2crZ
— (((J M ‘Born Uncivil’ Kelly))) (@netsinger) February 13, 2019
Jesus tapdancing Christ.. this is just the wife of the WH comms chief. https://t.co/t2gmbBKd5y
— Irreverent Testimony (@IrreverentDuo) February 13, 2019
How stupid is this? Makes it worse that she’s married to a top Trump official. I think this moron is thinking most had chicken pox…which is of course not remotely related to cancer. #moron #VaccinateYourKids against childhood diseases and stupidity. https://t.co/5yjm0OLESa
— Bravo Me 💋🍸 (@realityaddictx) February 13, 2019
Get informed, read a book, speak to a doctor – don’t be a public ignoramus putting children at risk of death. https://t.co/yU5uvfmBTw
— Fernando Espuelas (@EspuelasVox) February 13, 2019
There are not enough words, not enough gifs for how fucking dumb this person is https://t.co/abNedBSX16
— Danielle (@daniellegee) February 13, 2019