Chili’s canceled a fundraiser today inspired by National Autism Awareness Month, in which the chain had planned to donate 10% of customer checks to the National Autism Association, a group which believes that vaccinations “can trigger or exacerbate autism in some, if not many, children” — due to an overwhelming backlash from level-headed people who don’t want, like, polio. In an email to The Huffington Post, Chili’s wrote:
“While we remain committed to supporting the children and families affected by autism, we are canceling Monday’s Give Back Event based on the feedback we heard from our guests. We believe autism awareness continues to be an important cause to our guests and team members, and we will find another way to support this worthy effort in the future with again our sole intention being to help families affected by autism.”
I can’t believe we live in a world where major restaurant chains have to be publicly shamed to not willingly hand over money to people who want to take away vaccinations which prevent diseases that used to kill a whole bunch of people all the time. And to think, we have mostly a dumb, blonde Playboy playmate from a crappy 90s dating show on MTV to thank for it.
If Quantum Leap were a real thing I bet Sam Beckett’s most important mission would be to go back to the year 1994, (OK I know he’d technically be going forward, but this is an imaginary scenario so just bear with me) infiltrate MTV and throw Jenny McCarthy’s audition tape in the garbage. Boom. Problem solved: No more measles.
Oh hey, speaking of Quantum Leap, I’m just going to leave this right here…
H/T Film Drunk. Chili’s should just raise money to have this episode broadcast on every major network simultaneously.