Rob Schneider is speaking out after his outspoken views on vaccines got him dropped by State Farm. The comedian took to Twitter to respond to the insurance company’s decision to stop running an advertisement he featured in.
Rather than speak out in his own words, Schneider took a page from the founding fathers, and more specifically America’s first president.
“‘If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,'” he quoted, attributing the famous quote to George Washington.
In the ad, Schneider reprised his popular “Copy Guy” character from his time on “Saturday Night Live.” But it wasn’t the content of the ad that created a problem for State Farm, it was the social media response focusing on Schneider’s anti-vaccine stance.
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The company said the problem is that the ad became a platform for a discussion unrelated to the products and services provided by State Farm. “With that, we are working to remove the ad from our rotation at this time,” said Phil Supple, the company’s director of public affairs.
“If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,” George Washington