- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

State Farm has been pressured to drop Rob Schneider from its insurance ads over the actor’s controversial views against vaccinations.

Phil Supple, State Farm’s director of public affairs, told PR Week that Mr. Schneider’s ad “has unintentionally been used as a platform for discussion unrelated to the products and services we provide.”

“With that, we are working to remove the ad from our rotation at this time,” he said Monday.

The move comes after several social media pages called for Mr. Schneider’s termination. Critics produced a video that asked supporters to post comments on State Farm’s Facebook and Twitter pages, The Wrap reported.

“State Farm provides health insurance, and nothing ensures public health more than getting vaccinated,” the video says. “It is time to end the anti-vaccination movement; with your help, we can elicit change.”

Mr. Schneider took to Twitter Tuesday night to suggest that his First Amendment rights have been violated.

“‘If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,’ George Washington,” he tweeted to his 203,000 followers.

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