‘Extraordinary Bait-and-Switch’: Russell Brand Blasts Moderna TV Ad for Downplaying COVID mRNA Vaccine Risks : Watch

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Russell Brand in a recent video criticized a new Moderna commercial promoting its Spikevax COVID-19 mRNA shot for portraying vaccines as part of a healthy lifestyle while downplaying side effects like myocarditis.

Watch: ‘Extraordinary Bait-and-Switch’: Russell Brand Blasts Moderna TV Ad for Downplaying COVID mRNA Vaccine Risks

Russell Brand in a video posted last week criticized a new upbeat Moderna commercial promoting its Spikevax COVID-19 mRNA vaccine as part of a healthy lifestyle, while the drugmaker and corporate media continue to downplay well-documented mRNA vaccine side effects like myocarditis.

Brand also took on the controversy over forced COVID-19 vaccinations in the military and the subsequent revelations about adverse effects.

“Support the troops how?” Brand asked. “By giving them a curious new pandemic of heart diseases? What could be causing it? And do you think the thing that could be causing it is still being aggressively advertised? That couldn’t be true, could it?”

Brand played a portion of a recently released video by Lt. Ted Macie, the Navy health administrator and medical recruiter-turned-whistleblower who in March and September released data from the Defense Medical Epidemiology Database (DMED), showing alarming increases in post-vaccination health problems for enlisted personnel.

Comparing the five-year average to 2022 data for fixed-wing and helicopter pilots, Macie shared disturbing DMED statistics, including a 973% increase in heart failure.

“Doesn’t that seem like a significant statistic to you when you think of some of the statistics that were used during the pandemic period to legitimize quite serious measures, like — I don’t know — taking experimental medications, for example?” Brand asked.

Brand shared several brief video segments by mainstream news outlets — including a clip of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — admitting the worst vaccine side effects like myocarditis — but in a soft-pedaled way and “two years behind independent media,” he said.

“And they’re still trying to control and subdue the impact of that information so that organizations like Moderna, Pfizer etc. … can make a profit,” Brand said, noting how these companies provide the majority of advertising dollars for legacy media — “in particular, news programming, for some reason,” he said.

Moderna ad — ‘anomalies, inconsistencies … downright misinformation’

Brand queued up snippets of the new Moderna commercial, contrasting its upbeat messages with clips of mainstream news anchors during the pandemic pushing the restrictions and vaccines — and asked viewers to notice “any anomalies, inconsistencies or even downright misinformation.”

The commercial begins with images of a “hip” older man in a sweatsuit listening to music over headphones and playing ping pong. “When it comes to your health — you do you,” a woman’s voice announces enthusiastically over a background of heavy drum and bass music.

“Well, that isn’t exactly how it seemed during the pandemic period,” Brand countered. “I don’t remember Don Lemon going on CNN saying, ‘When it comes to your health, you do you? It’s up to you.’”

Instead, Brand reminded viewers, people were told they had a duty and obligation to take the vaccine, “Otherwise, you don’t care about society … Do you remember all of that?” he asked. He then played a clip of Lemon on air saying, “It’s time to start shaming” those who didn’t get the COVID-19 vaccine.

“They’re trying to make you forget, they’re trying to pretend it didn’t happen,” Brand said.

The Spikevax commercial continues with the voiceover, “You ping and pong that body. You plunge that body,” while the image transitions to a different older man reclining in an ice bath.

Noting the contradiction between the images of a healthy lifestyle and the vaccines, Brand said during the pandemic people couldn’t discuss what constituted a healthy lifestyle.

“You couldn’t say stuff like ‘natural immunity’ or ‘Maybe you should get more exercise,’” he said, because “You’re on lockdown.”

Brand called it “an extraordinary bait-and-switch” to say that “Moderna vaccines are a perfect complement to your green juice,” when, he said, they are actually “a perfect complement to your personal imprisonment.”

The commercial continues with more images of people living healthy, active lifestyles while the voiceover says, “You practice and practice that body. You flu shot that body. And now you Spikevax that body. Because even though the pandemic is over, COVID-19 isn’t.”

The commercial continues with more images of people living healthy, active lifestyles while the voiceover says, “You practice and practice that body. You flu shot that body. And now you Spikevax that body. Because even though the pandemic is over, COVID-19 isn’t.”

‘An extraordinary time,’ a ‘terrifying reality’

Characteristic of other pharmaceutical commercials, the Moderna ad continues its parody of healthy lifestyle imagery while warning about the vaccine’s side effects.

The ad cites allergic reactions to “Spikevax and its ingredients” before offering, “Rare cases of inflammation of the heart, muscle and outer lining have been reported” strategically sandwiched between a final warning about the “most common side effects” of “injection site pain, redness and swelling, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain and fever.”

“‘Rare cases’ of myocarditis, pericarditis — they’re trying to minimize that,” Brand said.

“‘Rare cases’ of myocarditis, pericarditis — they’re trying to minimize that,” Brand said.

Brand called it “an extraordinary time” when military personnel have to come forward “at great personal risk” to share about huge increases in heart failure and when legacy media “a few years after the fact” is forced to acknowledge vaccine-induced myocarditis, while Moderna “glibly” peddles a “kitsch Wes Anderson-style commercial.”

Meanwhile, Brand said, the COVID-19 inquiry in the U.K. “appears to be designed not to ask any challenging questions” and many are still not making the connections between the “Wuhan Institute of Virology, the NIH [National Institutes of Health], the repression of information” about the lab leak and the “funding trail that leads back to the very people” who were “telling you what to do at the height of the pandemic.”

Brand warned that if people don’t awaken to the “terrifying reality” of what is going on, “some sort of spiritual and brain death is very likely.”

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