Meet Marco Arturo. At only 12 years old he is a self-proclaimed scientist, and the latest to tackle the debate surrounding autism and vaccines.
In a video posted to his Facebook page, the youngster took the issue head-on. The two-minute video, titled “Vaccines DO cause autism,” begins with Arturo presenting what he calls a “folder full of evidence.”
Marco starts off with the standard “anti-vax” rhetoric: Doctors and pharmaceutical companies are lying to us for their own financial gain. He goes on to claim that he has gathered a lot of scientific research in support of the anti-vaccination movement. However, [SPOILER ALERT] when he opens his folder titled “Evidence That Vaccines Cause Autism”, we find out the real reason behind his video: a magnificent attack on anti-vaxxers.
The belief that vaccines cause autism is largely the result of a study published by The Lancet in 1998, which claimed autism was linked to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. The Lancet retracted the study in 2010 after scientists were unable to replicate its findings. The study’s author, Andrew Wakefield, lost his medical license the same year.
Marco’s tongue-in-cheek video has already been viewed more than 6 million times, racking up an impressive number of Facebook shares, including a repost from actor Ashton Kutcher.