Mia Freedman and the family of Riley Hughes have been savaged by anti-vaccination supporters in a vile online forum.
Note: Mamamia has chosen to not publish the names of the people who have written abuse in this online forum at this time.
While anti-vaccination campaigners have long been associated with conspiracy theories and anti-science views, overt nastiness, abuse and threats seem at odds with the nurturing life-style these groups have professed.
But the natural and nurturing approach apparently drops away when anti-vaxxers think they are alone.
The Anti-Vaccination Australia online group has recently unleashed a barrage of personal insults and derogatory comments towards pro-vaccination advocates, including the parents of Riley Hughes and Mia Freedman (the co-founder and editorial director of this website).
The offensive material is extensive and echoed by a number of members.
For example, the group recently re-posted this pro-vaccination comment from Mia Freedman’s FB page.
In response, members of the group called Mia a “drug whore”, “stupid”, “dumb”, “corrupt”, “dangerous” and accused her of “not vaccinating her own kids”.
“Mia is delusional !”
“What an idiot – Mia Freedman is one of those I call “useful idiots”.”
“Her website is horrible & pro vaxx so it’s incredible how these people survive.”
“The “best” thing to do is ignore this pharma cow and leave the choice open!!”
“im utterly sick of these presstitutes & their Big Pharma interests.”
“She is not a very intelligent person, big mouth but no brain behind it. She couldn’t debate a flea.”
“Doesn’t mention all the beautiful vaccine injured and dead children, she just mentions one dead child!…Needs her dose of reality I think!”
Members of this group have also attacked the family of Riley Hughes for speaking out about the importance of vaccinating children.