To most, Jim Carrey’s talking-out-of-his-butt Twitter fart about mandatory vaccinations was the Dumb and Dumber star going method, or an opportunity to make a Jenny McCarthy joke, which is always fun. But one mom is upset with him for using a photo of her son without permission.
The boy in that tweet is Alex Echols, a 14 year old from Oregon with tuberous sclerosis, a “genetic disorder that causes non-malignant tumors to form in many different organs, primarily in the brain, eyes, heart, kidney, skin, and lungs.” He’s also autistic. His mom Karen told BuzzFeed that “Jim Carrey has a huge platform — a huge following — and is misrepresenting my son’s image by attaching it to his anti-vax rant.” Her sister, Elizabeth Welch, added, “It kind of felt like he was mocking [Alex], and that’s what was upsetting.” She also uploaded this to Instagram:
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Share this one please: Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram friends, I need your help. Jim Carrey (yes that one) tweeted out an image of my nephew who suffers from Autism and tuberous sclerosis as an example of anti-vaccinations. Alex had these conditions before he was ever vaccinated. I'm very disgusted and sickened that a celebrity would use a photo like this that was used in the first place to spread awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis to mock him and and my sister for vaccinations. Even if that was not his intended outcome, it is what happened. Please spread this, and let's try to get this tweet removed. #vaccines #california #californialaw #californiavaccinationlaw #jimcarey #vaccination #vaccinations #privacy #privacyrights #factcheck
Carrey has since taken the photo down, after Karen filed a copyright complaint. To learn more about Alex, and his family’s fight against cannabis prohibition, check out Alex Needs Help.