Comedian and Trigger Podcast co-host Konstantin Kisin on Tuesday posted a lengthy Twitter thread outlining why he believes many people are still hesitant to take a COVID-19 vaccine despite claims by the Biden administration’s health experts they are very effective.
“You’re struggling to understand why some people are vaccine hesitant,” Kisin began as he introduced his “let me help you” thread.
You’re struggling to understand why some people are vaccine hesitant. The “let me help you” megathread:
Imagine you’re a normal person. The year is 2016. Rightly or wrongly, you believe most of what you see in the media.
— Konstantin Kisin, wrong opinions within (@KonstantinKisin) August 2, 2021
“Imagine you’re a normal person. The year is 2016. Rightly or wrongly, you believe most of what you see in the media,” he added. “You believe polls are broadly reflective of public opinion. You believe doctors and scientists are trustworthy and independent. You’re a decent, reasonable person who follows the rules and trusts authority.
“Imagine your shock then, when Brexit, which you were assured won’t happen because it’s a fringe movement led by racists for racists, happens. The polls, which widely predicted it wouldn’t happen were completely wrong,” Kisin wrote.
He went on to note that despite the fact that “experts and media pundits” were wrong, many people simply shrugged off the mistake as an anomaly.
“Imagine that soon after Donald Trump is running for President. You are told by your favourite media publications that he is going to lose,” wrote Kisin. “Some experts say his opponent has a 99% chance of winning.”
“Imagine waking up on the morning after the election to discover that pollsters, media experts and politicians you still trusted were wrong again,” he continued, noting that the “racist monster” everyone said would never be in the White House was headed there.
“’How did this happen?’ you ask yourself? How could all the people in charge of informing me be so wrong? ‘It was the Russians,’ they tell you. ‘The Russians did Brexit and they got Trump elected too,'” Kisin wrote.
The comedian and podcaster went on to point out that Britons and Americans were fed a steady diet of deliberate misinformation for the next three-to-four years — about Brexit and Trump — only for most to finally realize that they were being lied to about “foreign meddling,” and that in reality, majorities of citizens in both countries really voted for both choices without there being any “evil” influences.
“Imagine that bit by bit, you discover that events which the media and political class told you would not and could not happen not only happened, but happened without some sort of evil interference. Instead, millions of your fellow citizens voted for them,” he wrote.
“Again, you ask ‘How could this happen?’ and again the media has the answer: racism. ‘Your country is racist’, they tell you. If you’re white, this seems strange to you. Other than a handful of idiots, you’ve never met a racist,” he noted further.
To an ethnic immigrant like him, Kisin said that seemed even more strange given that both Britain and the U.S. are among the most welcoming countries on the planet, both of which are “so obviously not” racist.
He went on to cite a number of examples where Americans were told of so-called racist events involving actor Jussie Smollett, the ‘Covington Catholic kids’ from Kentucky, among others, only to find out that they were faked in the case of Smollett or propagandized by the media.
“As you ponder this, you remember that for years now, you’ve been expected to go along with other make-believe. You’re expected to believe that whether you’re male or female is not as simple as you once thought. Whatever you learned about biology at school is wrong. You no longer know how many genders there are and it seems dangerous to try to find out,” writes Kisin.
“Imagine reading that the experts at the American Psychological Association say that traditional masculinity is ‘pathological and harmful’,” he added.
“Imagine that you still want to believe the media and their experts, but now that requires you to think your country is racist, men are bad and gender is a social construct, whatever that means,” he went on. “It is at this point that a pandemic emerges on the other side of the world.”
Kisin then recounted a number of examples by American leaders whose actions did not seem to mimic the reality of the situation, such as when then-President Donald Trump shut down travel from China while House Speaker Nancy Pelosi then traveled, unmasked, to mingle with residents in Chinatown, within her San Francisco congressional district.
Eventually, however, the situation grows much graver.
“As lockdowns are introduced around the world, you diligently follow all the rules. You stay at home, only go out once and live off savings or government grants,” wrote Kisin, adding that additional COVID-19 restrictions were also being mandated, which again conflicted with the original responses from government leaders indicating the virus wasn’t a huge threat.
Then, the George Floyd murder occurs.
“No one explains what racism had to do with the incident but they don’t need to. As you know by now, the West is racist and therefore any time a white person does anything bad to a black person, there can only be one explanation,” wrote Kisin.
“While the lockdown rules remain in place, the protests against injustice spill out onto the streets. Tens of thousands of people crowd into major cities,” he noted further. “Few wear masks and social distancing is non-existent. Clashes with police ensue, and in America protestors loot stores, attack residents and start fires. A retired black police officer called David Dorn is among dozens of people who are murdered in the chaos.”
He then noted how many in the media described the rioting as “mostly peaceful,” though they obviously weren’t.
Going on, Kisin later notes that it becomes more apparent that the government leaders who are making the rules for the masses very often don’t follow them, and those actions. He went on to suggest that hypocrisy combines with all of the previous things citizens were told that turned out to be wrong or intentionally false has created a tsunami of doubt among tens of millions of people.
“These same people are now telling you the vaccine is safe, you must take it and if you don’t you will be a second-class citizen. Understand vaccine hesitancy now?” he concluded.
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