The Orville and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane described the Oscars decision to not mandate vaccines for guests a “colossal abdication of responsible management.”

Seth MacFarlane at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International in San Diego, California. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

The Hollywood Reporter claimed they “learned, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is planning not to mandate proof of vaccination (with or without a booster  in order to attend this year’s ceremony.”

They noted that they will instead be requiring attendees to have “a negative PCR test or a negative rapid antigen test on the day of the event.”

Source: 92nd Academy Awards

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MacFarlane reacted to this information on Twitter writing, “Really, Oscars? This would seem, from the outside looking in, a colossal abdication of responsible management.”

He added, “I cannot fathom what piece of information we might be missing that would justify this.”

Source: Seth MacFarlane Twitter

The Hollywood Reporter suspects the reason a mandate is not required is that “more than a few high-profile  industry figures — including at least one of last year’s acting winners and prominent members of the casts of multiple best picture nominees, as well as nominees in other categories — would otherwise be precluded from attending the Oscars.”

Red carpet at 81st Annual Academy Awards in Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. Photo Credit: Greg in Hollywood (Greg Hernandez), CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

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This report of the Oscars not requiring a vaccine mandate comes as the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans declined to remove an injunction on President Joe Bide and his administration from mandating that federal employees be vaccinated.

Biden previously announced in September he would require federal employees to receive mandatory vaccines. In an Executive Order, Biden wrote, “Each agency shall implement, to the extent consistent with applicable law, a program to require COVID-19 vaccination for all of its Federal employees, with exceptions only as required by law.”

Source: The Orville

Towards the end of January, Judge Jeffrey Brown put an injunction on this Executive Order writing, “Regardless what the conventional wisdom may be concerning vaccination, no legal remedy adequately protects the liberty interests of employees who must choose between violating a mandate of doubtful validity or consenting to an unwanted medical procedure that cannot be undone.”

Judge Brown also noted that the President did not have the authority to issue a federal-worker mandate citing the recent Supreme Court case, where Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch declared, “Although Congress has indisputably given OSHA the power to regulate occupational dangers, it has not given that agency the power to regulate public health more broadly.”

Gorscuh added, “Requiring the vaccination of 84 million Americans, simply because they work for employers with more than 100 employees, certainly falls in the latter category.”

Source: The Orville

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On top of these legal rulings against mandatory vaccines, Dr. Robert Malone, who describes himself as the “inventor of mRNA vaccines (and DNA vaccines),” recently criticized the current vaccine policy in the United States saying, “If we continue to pursue this universal vaccination strategy in the face of the pandemic, particularly with omicron now, a much more highly infectious, highly replication-competent virus, what we risk is driving the virus through basic evolution to a state where it may be more pathogenic and more able to elude immune response.”

He added, “So, in sum, I don’t wish to scare, we’ve had enough fear porn. But if we continue to pursue universal vaccination, the high probability is what we will continue to see is the evolution of additional escape mutants that are increasingly infectious and may well become more pathogenic.”

“This policy of forced universal vaccination is absolutely contrary to all of our understanding about basic viral evolution. We are clearly seeing the development of escape mutants that are resistant to the vaccine. Omicron is not only resistant to the vaccine, but its infectivity seems to be facilitated by the vaccine. And, in my opinion, this must stop for the sake of the world,” he concluded.

Source: The Orville

Financial Times also reports that “a fourth dose of the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine is largely ineffective in stopping Omicron infections despite boosting antibodies, an Israeli hospital study showed.”

The report added, “Healthcare workers at the Sheba Medical Center who received a fourth dose of the vaccine continued to get infected even though blood tests showed an increase in two key kinds of antibodies, according to professor Gili Regev-Yochay who led the research.”

Source: The Orville

What do you make of MacFarlane’s response to this report that the Oscars might not require vaccines for attendance?

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