On 20 March 2017 Sesame Street officially introduced a new character named Julia, the show’s first puppet representing an autistic child:
Claims vaccines caused autism have long been proved false, but it is true that some opponents of vaccination believe that Julia’s introduction to the show is the result of a push by pharmaceutical companies:
Shortly after Sesame Workshop announced the new character in October 2015, vaccine opponents raised the same concerns:
In October 2015, conspiracy and alternative health site Natural News‘ “Health Ranger” Mike Adams published an blog post accusing Sesame Street of tacitly promoting vaccines to “normalize” autism with the introduction of Julia (and reiterating an old conspiracy theory about a purported data coverup at the CDC):
In yet another sickening example of the absolute mental derangement of modern society, Sesame Street has rolled out its first autistic muppet named “Julia,” says the Sesame Street website
The rollout of autistic Julia is Sesame Street’s attempt to “normalize” vaccine injuries and depict those victimized by vaccines as happy, “amazing” children rather than admitting the truth that vaccines cause autism in some children and we should therefore make vaccines safer and less frequent to save those children from a lifetime of neurological damage.
The fact that vaccines are linked to autism was openly admitted by top CDC scientist Dr. William Thompson, who admitted to taking part in a scientific fraud scheme involving numerous CDC officials. In the name of “vaccine science,” they actively altered data to eliminate the statistical link between vaccines and autism in African-American boys, thereby condemning millions of young black babies to a life of permanent neurological damage. #BlackLivesDONTmatter to the vaccine industry, it seems.
Sesame Street‘s rollout of the character Julia (including an appearance on morning chat show The View) continues to draw persistent backlash, despite Sesame Workshop’s description of Julia’s introduction as “an initiative designed to reduce the stigma surrounding autism.” As part of the initiative, the company set up autism.sesamestreet.org as a resource for viewers to learn more about autism.