Jim Carrey's Anti-Vaccine Rants Might Have Gone Just a Little Too Far (PHOTO)

Jim CarreyNever is the old saying that "a picture is worth a thousand words" more evident than in this age of social media. Instagram and Snapchat are built on that very idea alone and every Facebook status or Tweet gets more likes with a visual. But how much to share is a dilemma every parent faces, and constantly reevaluates. Some choose not to post any pictures at all for fear their children’s images will be stolen. That’s exactly why one mom is raging against Jim Carrey.

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The actor (and former boyfriend of Jenny McCarthy) recently expressed his disappointment with the California initiative to create a mandatory vaccination schedule for all children without exception. In his typically funny-guy way, he called for "toxin-free vaccines" with the money the state would spend on gathering expert opinions to implement the mandatory program.

This might ruffle your feathers if you view his statement to be anti-vax, but one mother's anger goes far beyond the content of his message. She's downright furious because Carrey used a photo of her son to make his point. According to his mom, Karen, the 14-year-old in the shot is Alex Echols, who lives with tuberous sclerosis and autism. He is not connected with Carrey or his vaccination philosophy. Instead, the mom feels her son has been exploited. She told Buzzfeed, "Jim Carrey has a huge platform -- a huge following -- and is misrepresenting my son's image by attaching it to his anti-vax rant." She took to Instagram to get attention of her own.

Share this one please: 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

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I applaud her efforts. What happened to her and her son isn't fair and she should have a platform to right the wrong. Something similar happened to me (yes, it does happen, and more often than you think!) a few years ago. I can still remember the feeling of rage, helplessness, and frustration that cycled through me as I tried to deal with those using my son's image. In a photo captured by Humans of New York, my son was wearing a pink cast. Someone had taken the image and paired it with a fake name, age, and story of how he chose it to support breast cancer awareness. Unlike Karen, I was completely supportive of the cause, but I couldn't reconcile taking my son's picture out of context and misrepresenting what had happened.

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I received emails and text messages from friends across the country who had seen the picture and fake story, and each well-intentioned message alerted me to a new place for me to contact and ask them to take it down. It was exhausting and upsetting to see my 4-year-old going viral on the Internet without my knowledge or permission. So I understand this mom's feelings completely and support her trying to get the story straight. It's all we can do as moms who have had our children's likeness ripped away from us.

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