While blasting people who use vaccines on Twitter, actor Jim Carrey accompanied his rant with a picture of an autistic boy.
The problem is he never received permission to use the picture of the young autistic boy. He has since taken it down, and replaced it with a link instead:
Before he did so, however, the mother of the autistic boy named Karen Echols tweeted Carrey, asked him to remove the photo:
Karen's son Alex was diagnosed with autism before he was vaccinated, which is why his aunt felt it was an inappropriate mockery of Alex for Carrey to include his photo in his post:
Contrary to popular belief, Carrey considers himself not anti-vaccine, but rather pro-vaccine/anti-neurotoxin. He claims to want to take the neurotoxins out of vaccines, not eradicate vaccines fully.
Regardless of what his view is, we can all agree that we need to be careful when attaching a random person's image to an incredibly controversial message. Incorrect information can wrongly affect the masses, especially if you're a wildly popular celebrity. Carrey did the right thing by apologizing and taking it down.