Schneider is the star of a recent ad for State Farm Insurance, but he lost his gig and the company is even pulling the ad after activists launched a social media campaign against it.
Schneider may be a funny and talented actor, but he's also anti-vaccine. And anyone who's spent any time on the internet knows there's no more emotionally debated topic than whether or not to vaccinate.
Schneider first spoke publicly in 2012 against a California bill that requires parents to consult with doctors before they're allowed to enroll their kids in schools without vaccinating them first. After the bill passed, Schneider tweeted, "Today California passed a law to force parents to get a Doc's permission to not vaccinate their kids or they can't attend school! Nazi's (sic)." The tweet has since been deleted.
But when the pro-vaccine camp found out that Schneider was appearing in an ad for a company that sells health insurance, they were less than pleased. They took to social media with an ad of their own, saying, "Someone who publicly states dangerous opinions should not be a spokesperson for a health insurance company."
The ad continues, saying, "State Farm provides health insurance, and nothing ensures public health more than getting vaccinated."
After the anti-Schneider ad started spreading, State Farm's director of public affairs said the ad would be discontinued.
"[Schneider's] ad has unintentionally been used as a platform for discussion unrelated to the products and services we provide," he told PR Week. "With that, we are working to remove the ad from our rotation at this time."
Schneider hasn't officially spoken about the controversy, but he did tweet on Wednesday, "'If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,' George Washington."
"If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter," George Washington— Rob Schneider (@RobSchneider) September 24, 2014
What do you think? Did State Farm make the right call by dropping Schneider and pulling the ad? Tell us in the comments.
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