Rob Schneider took a career hit this week, when insurance company State Farm decided to pull an ad featuring the former “Saturday Night Live” cast member because of his anti-vaccination views.
The company said the ad had become a platform for a discussion unrelated to its products and services, and decided to inoculate itself from Schneider’s influence.
It isn’t the first time Schneider has made headlines for his outspokenness. The “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” star has a history of making eyebrow-raising utterances.
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Read below for a choice selection of Schneider’s foot-meets-mouth moments.
1) Days after comedy icon Robin Williams‘ death, when it was revealed that Williams, who took his own life, was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease, Schneider went out on a limb on Twitter and suggested that the medication that Williams may or may not have been taking was responsible for his death.
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2) While most of the world has been rightfully horrified by the widening domestic-abuse scandal among professional football players, Schneider opted to make light of the issue with a tweet.
3) The man who brought the world “The Hot Chick” shared his considerable political expertise with the world in May, offering a doom-and-gloom prognostication for America.
“Democracies don’t end well. We are sliding very fast towards fascism. It’s an ugly kind of thing. There’s this kind of mob mentality that we have to be careful of,” Schneider told Philadelphia station Talk Radio 1210 WPHT.
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4) Apparently somehow shocked that his 2005 offering “Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo” didn’t draw accolades from the critics, Schneider bristled when respected film critic, the late Roger Ebert, wrote that the film “sucks,” calling Ebert an “ass.” Schneider later made nice with Ebert, sending the critic a bouquet of flowers after he had undergone surgery. It was a nice gesture, but did little to change the fact that “Deuce Bigalow: Eurpoean Gigolo” really wasn’t a very good movie.