Remember yesterday, when Jim Carrey went on a rant and posted pics of children with autism, and we guessed he probably didn't have permission? Yeah, he didn't.
Actually, a "reasonable request" is asking the family of this child for permission to use their photo.
The little boy in the screenshot above is 14-year-old Alex Echols of Eugene, Oregon. His mother, Karen Echols, was shocked and angry to see her child's face being used during Jim Carrey's anti-vaccine rant yesterday, which came after California passed their mandatory child vaccine law, SB 277.
California Gov says yes to poisoning more children with mercury and aluminum in manditory vaccines. This corporate fascist must be stopped.
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) July 1, 2015
Within his series of tweets were several pictures of crying children, because Carrey wrongly believes there is a link between vaccine use and autism. He also apparently believes that any parent would prefer a child get sick and perhaps die from a preventable disease than live with autism.
Karen Echols saw that her son was being used to promote Carrey's conspiracy theorist agenda and signed up for Twitter just to respectfully ask him to take the picture down.
@JimCarrey Please remove this photo of my son. You do not have permission to use his image.
— Karen Echols (@karen_echols) July 2, 2015
Her son, just like all autistic kids, did not develop autism from vaccines. Alex has a genetic syndrome called TSC. It causes the growth of benign tumors all over the body and the brain. A lot of children with TSC are also autistic. There's a Facebook page dedicated to Alex, who has to live in a group home that can support his medical needs. Echols put his photo on Facebook to spread information about his condition and to promote awareness of the challenges people living with it face. She doesn't want Alex's photo used to scare people away from vaccines, which have nothing to do with his disease.
Echols sister, Elizabeth Welch, also posted a photo of Carrey's tweet and this statement to Instagram:
Facebook, Tumblr, and Instagram friends, I need your help. Jim Carrey (yes that one) tweeted out an image of my nephew who suffers from Autism and tuberous sclerosis as an example of anti-vaccinations. Alex had these conditions before he was ever vaccinated. I'm very disgusted and sickened that a celebrity would use a photo like this that was used in the first place to spread awareness of Tuberous Sclerosis to mock him and and my sister for vaccinations. Even if that was not his intended outcome, it is what happened. Please spread this, and let's try to get this tweet removed. #vaccines #california#californialaw #californiavaccinationlaw#jimcarey #vaccination #vaccinations #privacy #privacyrights #factcheck
The photo was finally removed last night, but only because Echols filed a copyright complaint with Twitter, not because Carrey developed a conscience. And if you're saying, "Well, she put the photo out there!" then Welch has got a response for you:
@Steftyem @Duke_mochuck @ktibus @NBCNews technically it is fair use, but morally pretty awful. The picture is used out of context.
— Elizabeth Welch (@SCeWelch) July 1, 2015