The star of "Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo" has finally weighed in on the government's role in vaccinating children. And he's not happy.
In an interview with a California news station (watch above), comic actor Rob Schneider, whose sitcom "¡Rob!" was recently canceled by CBS, inveighed against a new state law that would require parents to obtain a physician's signature in order to prevent their child from receiving vaccinations.
Talking to News10 Sacramento, Schneider also endorsed the widely discredited theory that vaccines cause autism, and railed against what he sees as government overreach.
"It's illegal," Schneider said. "You can't make people do procedures that they don't want. The parents have to be the ones who make the decisions for what's best for our kids. It can't be the government saying that. It's against the Nuremberg Laws." (Schneider likely means the UN's Nuremberg Principles, which dictate an individual's responsibility to follow government orders; the Nuremberg Laws were a series of anti-semitic statutes passed by Nazis.)
On the topic of vaccine safety, Schneider said, "The doctors are not gonna tell you both sides of the issue... they're told by the pharmaceutical industry, which makes billions of dollars, that it's completely safe."
"The efficacy of these shots have not been proven," he later continued. "And the toxicity of these things -- we're having more and more side effects. We're having more and more autism."
The supposed link between autism and vaccines has been disproven time and again. But celebrities-turned-advocates like Jenny McCarthy have kept the idea alive , and many Americans still believe in a correlation.
Schneider, a former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, joins other "SNL" to become surprisingly vocal about political issues lately. Jon Lovitz and Victoria Jackson have made headlines for tackling the government in public forums over the last few months.