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Peanut butter "threat" from Bette Midler: “Can't bring the deathly plague. Vaccinate or I'm bringing the Jiffy”

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Amy Christie
Amy Christie
 2021-05-13

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Actress Bette Midler tweeted a "threat" to expose allergic kids to peanuts unless they get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

The tweet compares letting unvaccinated kids attend classes to bringing peanut products despite the danger for those who have allergies.

“If my kid can't bring peanut butter to school then yours can't bring the deathly plague. Vaccinate or I'm bringing the Jiffy”, she shared on Twitter.

What’s the context?

It looks like Midler’s tweet went ahead of the FDA concerning the vaccine. The Food and Drug Administration announced the authorized use for the Pfizer vaccine on children ages 12 to 15 one day after Midler sent out the incensed tweet.

Peanut allergies are very serious

Allergic kids who eat peanuts or other peanut products can have a terrible anaphylaxis response. The symptoms include swelling of the throat, impaired breathing, blue lips, pale skin, fainting, and dizziness.

What were the reactions?

A mother didn’t see anything funny in the tweet: “I'm super liberal, very pro vax and science but this isn't funny. My son, like millions of others is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts! If he touches it, he gets hives. If he eats even the tiniest amount, his throat closes, no amount of CPR would help. Do better!”
“We are vaccinated. Our kids can't be vaccinated yet. Parents of kids with allergies have seen epi pens save their kids’ lives. We are pro science. Imagine volunteering to vaccinate your community and seeing this after holding your kid in anaphylaxis because this threat happened?”, was the reply from another user.
A different view on things came from this user: “Get vaccinated or I'm gonna start killing kids with peanut allergies is definitely a sales pitch”.
Another remark pointed out that “There are better analogies than this. As someone who has two kids allergic to peanuts this is just stupid.”

On the whole social media users were not happy about the tweet or what is stood for.

“I'm not certain where you're going with this meme but wishing death on children is certainly a call for self-reflection”, was another reply.