Rob Schneider went on a Twitter rant slamming coronavirus vaccines and called the shots “experimental gene therapy.”
“Just say no… And keep saying no,” Schneider, 57, tweeted Saturday. “Over Half of the US population is continuing to say no to this unapproved experimental gene therapy!”
Contrary to the actor’s claim, the number of Americans who have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine has been steadily increasing. The Mayo Clinic said that 55.6 percent of the population had received at least one dose as of Saturday, while 48.1 percent were fully vaccinated.
Schneider ended his tweet by quoting the slogan historically used by women defending their bodily autonomy and abortion rights, writing, “‘My body, my choice!’ #2ndAmendmentIsForThis.”
Twitter flagged the claims in the comedian’s tweet as “misleading” and added a link to a page on “why health officials consider COVID-19 vaccines safe for most people.”
That did not deter Schneider, however, as he continued to tweet about the importance of bodily autonomy.
“We should never abandon our liberal principles and international stance on body autonomy, free informed choice and human rights, and support unprecedented coercion of professional health workers, patients and people to have experimental treatments with limited safety data,” he wrote.
The “Hot Chick” star even went so far as to claim the COVID-19 vaccines were part of a political conspiracy.
“Our Government has told us they plan on going to OUR FRONT DOOR with this,” he wrote, referencing President Biden’s push to knock on Americans’ doors to get everyone vaccinated.
“They have lied, had a 2 year fear campaign and lockdown, destroyed middle class household incomes, bankrupted untold thousands of businesses and are now putting children’s lives at risk,” Schneider further alleged.
Many critics on Twitter dragged the “Saturday Night Live” alum for spreading misinformation about the vaccines.
“It’s sad to see you destroying your reputation and career over this,” one person tweeted.
“4 million dead around the world. Rob, where’s your PhD in infectious diseases?” another wrote.
Others, however, jumped to Schneider’s defense and agreed with his stance.
“I’m not a politician, I’m a military guy, husband, father. What’s happening in DC is atrocious. I didn’t fight for this,” one Twitter user commented.
This isn’t the first time Schneider has spoken out against COVID-19 protocol.
In February, the “Grown Ups” star compared social distancing practices at a California school to “child abuse.”
“We are witnessing a new kind of child abuse: bought and paid for with YOUR tax dollars,” he tweeted at the time. “The collapse of public schools who follow this example will surely follow. History will not look back at this kindly.”
The CDC recommends that “everyone aged 12 years and older should get a COVID-19 vaccination as soon as possible” in order to help prevent the spread of the deadly disease.