Nas has done it again. After a 6 year hiatus, he’s released another remarkable album entitled “Nasir.” One of the highlights of the album, besides the beautiful Kayne West production, is a song titled “Everything,” where Nas does the unthinkable by questioning vaccines.
“A parent hates to watch his baby’s face/Takin’ his first immunization shots, but this is great/The child’s introduction to suffering and pain/Understands without words/Nothin’ is explained or rushed to the brain/Lookin’ up at his parents’ face/Like, ‘I thought you would protect me from this scary place?/Why’d you let them inject me?/”Who’s gonna know how these side effects is gonna affect me?’”
Not everyone is happy with Nas’s seemingly strong stance on this very controversial topic, especially Daniel Spielberger, who writes for a small hip hop website. In an article he wrote about the song, Danny irresponsibly labels Nas as an anti-vaxxer, which is substantially as severe as calling someone the N-word in vaccine circles.
Spielberger also graces us with his expertise on the subject of immunizations by sourcing articles from vaccine lapdog media sources such as Forbes, The CDC and even National Geographic, a magazine on the brink of extinction.
Here’s a sample of Spielberger’s uneducated synapses on vaccines.
In 1998, a medical journal published a study by physician Andrew Wakefield that connected the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine to autism. Despite being widely disputed, the study gained international attention and spiraled into a movement. Immunization vaccines have been credited with reducing measles and other diseases and lowering the global infant mortality rate. On top of that, there hasn’t been any evidence proving they aren’t safe. But anti-vaxxers — like many conspiracy theorists — don’t necessarily care about facts. They claim that the numerous chemicals in the vaccines and the large number of vaccines given are harmful and have aligned themselves with a broader movement to make child products more organic. When confronted with scientific evidence, they claim that organizations like the Centers for Disease Control are in bed with pharmaceutical corporations and hence can’t be counted on.
Spielberger wrapped up the article by scolding Nas for not being a brainwashed slave and for using his influential position to question controversial topics.
In a world with so much interconnected corruption, people are becoming skeptical about even the things that clearly benefit everyone. Although Nas continues to use his platform to speak truth to power and address serious issues, casually slipping anti-vaxx references is irresponsible because it gives this harmful movement more credibility.
Most readers, however, weren’t falling for Spielberger’s bullsh*t. Judging by the comments below the author should stick to more superficial subjects like Cardi B or Snoop Dogg when he writes.
Ultimately, I’m not going to waste my time convincing the author he is misguided in his trust for vaccines. Hopefully, he’ll come to realize on his own that everything he’s been taught in life is a lie and all things are done in the name of profit and control.
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