In the midst of this week’s terrible, un-funny, fat joke filled episode of SNL, there was one bright spot: an amusing parody commercial for a doll that dispenses the HPV vaccine to girls. That’s right: in addition to having “hair that grows” and “her own phone,” Lil’ Poundcake will stick girls with a needle at opportune moments, injecting them with the Gardasil vaccine. It’s fun for the whole family!
Seeing as a lot of the debate about this vaccine has centered around whether or not it’s appropriate to vaccinate “innocent little girls” against a sexually transmitted disease before they reach the age at which one typically becomes sexually active (spoiler alert: it is, because if they’re already sexually active, it could be too late), I think this is a pretty topical parody. Also, dolls with needles in their hands are pretty much always funny, in a creepy kind of way. The only thing I take issue with is that it misrepresents how much the vaccine hurts (LIKE A BITCH, in my experience), but I imagine having cancer hurts a lot more than that, so it’s worth it.