The Washington Post

‘Lil Poundcake’ injects new controversy in the HPV vaccine debate

No. They, didn’t.

Yes, Saturday Night Live writers, did. They took on one of the most sensitive current children’s health issues: The vaccine to prevent the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV). It came in the form of a fake ad for a cute doll named Lil Poundcake. “The only thing you’ll get infected with is fun!”

It’s a brilliant skewering of the political controversy over whether the vaccine should be mandated by the government. But some are arguing that since the topic concerns both children’s health and cancer prevention, the satire crossed the line.

Did it? Or is the HPV vaccine, which we’ll hear debated all year as it’s become a point of disagreement (and possible embarrassment) for the presidential contenders, fair game?


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