(Note from Erin: It’s sad to think this kind of behavior is not only happening but being done by a doctor.)

On Monday, May 22nd, the doctor who happens to be the “2014 New Zealander of the year” rudely jumped on stage while the film “Vaxxed” was being screened in Kaitaia, New Zealand. 1

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Witnesses told me he went off at the crowd, slamming them for just being there and at the end even yelled at people. (The crowd let him go on as long as he wanted because they were a little bit afraid of him and didn’t want to antagonize him.) Shame. Shame. Shame.

Doctor Lance O’Sullivan said:

“I’ve come here … to continue my battle and my challenge for my people … and importantly, for our children.

I come here with a lot of anger … and that’s because I am adamantly opposed to this because this position, this idea of anti-immunisation has killed children around the world and actually will continue to kill children … whose parents are put off immunisation because of misinformation – misinformation based on lies, quite frankly.”2

He even went so far as to say to everyone there, “Your presence here will cause babies to die”. 3 The fact that this man is a physician who feels like he has the right to behave like this is both unprofessional and quite frankly, disgusting.

But he didn’t stop there. He reminded everyone that there is no evidence that vaccines cause autism and then performed a defiant haka. Super professional. 4 For those who don’t know what a “haka” is, it’s a traditional war cry, war dance, or challenge from the native Māori people of New Zealand. It’s meant to scare your opponent. Google “haka” and watch one.

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(This event is similar to the one we wrote about around a week ago. The screenings are kept secret until right before they are held. The fact that he was invited shows good faith on the part of the promoters, he should have responded respectfully, in kind. Social media lit up after his little outburst, people were not impressed or amused. 5)

Sources and References

  1. Stuff, May 2017.
  2. Stuff, May 2017.
  3. Stuff, May 2017.
  4. TVNZ, May 2017.
  5. TVNZ, May 2017.