Surprisingly, this anti-vaccine moment was not an SNL skit — it happened in real life
If you have any anti-vax relatives in your Facebook feed, you’ve probably seen a popular conspiracy theory circulating: That the COVID-19 vaccine can make your body magnetic. Ignoring the fact that being able to stick metal objects to your body would be pretty cool/keep me from losing a lot of bobby pins, it’s completely, utterly false. There is no ingredient in the vaccine that could cause a magnetic field to form at your injection site or anywhere else in your body, and even if there was, a dose of the shot is less than a milliliter, which wouldn’t be enough of any magnetic substance to attract metal through your skin.
But facts aren’t going to stop Ohio nurse Joanna Overholt. On Tuesday, she testified before the Ohio House health committee, claiming that her vaccine made her magnetic, and she hilariously tried to prove it by sticking metal objects all over her body. Spoiler alert: They didn’t stick. Obviously.
Wow. An anti-vaccine nurse in Ohio tried to prove the Vaccines Cause Magnetism theory in an state legislative committee. The demonstration did not go to plan pic.twitter.com/0ubELst4E8
— Tyler Buchanan (@Tylerjoelb) June 9, 2021
“Yes, vaccines do harm people,” Overholt said during her testimony. “By the way, so, I just found out something while I was on lunch, and I wanted to show it to you. We were talking about… magnetic vaccine crystals. So I have a key and a bobby pin here.”
Overholt then presses the key into her chest and, sounding more unhinged by the minute, half-shouts, “Explain to me why the key sticks to me!”
Well, that’s an easy one, as anyone who has ever been even a little bit sweaty knows. If you press a key into your chest, sure, it might stick for a minute. But, uh, it’s definitely not because of magnetic vaccines because keys are made of brass and aluminum, which don’t stick to magnets. Anyway.
It's all fun and games until you find out the vaccine can magnetize aluminum. https://t.co/IbjtGNODdX
— Tristan Greene 🏳🌈 (@mrgreene1977) June 9, 2021
Overholt continues, “It sticks to my neck, too,” and then tries to stick the key to her neck, but it falls off immediately. Twice. She then slams it down on her lectern and picks up the bobby pin — something that should stick to a magnet — and tries to stick it to her neck, as it keeps falling off.
“So if someone could explain this?” Overholt said as the bobby pin continued to very obviously not stick to her. “That would be great,” as it fell off again. And as she gave up trying to get it to stick because it very clearly was not, she slammed it down and asked, aggressively, “Any questions?”
Um, yeah, first off, how are you so full of shit?
Thankfully, the internet seems more interested in dunking on this woman than taking seriously anything she said.
"Ladies and gentlemen: This pencil is supposedly made of wood, but if I hold it like so between my fingers and jiggle it—"
"—it's obviously rubber. Does anyone want to explain that?" https://t.co/2UcB5WBRQJ
— Steve McPherson (@steventurous) June 9, 2021
When you think Magneto is trending because of Loki but it turns out to be because Vaccines cause you to become magnetic: pic.twitter.com/IGuemsUEi8
— Sammy Tighe (Comms Open) (@TigheSam) June 9, 2021
Um, “Dr.” Fauci, can you explain why after I got my vaccine, I’m magnetic? pic.twitter.com/xEZYbWu7zJ
— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) June 9, 2021
Others are, like me, tired of this kind of garbage.
What’s wild is that being a nurse is insanely difficult and this woman was at one point smart enough to get through nursing school, etc. https://t.co/4pqfIv2K3y
— Nick Parco (@nick_parco) June 9, 2021
Anyway, in conclusion, get your COVID vaccine if you are able. It’s safe, ridiculously effective, and will not turn you magnetic.