Rob Schneider State Farm Yanks Ads Over Anti-Vaccine Views

9/24/2014 6:20 AM PDT
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State Farm has folded like a cheap suit ... pulling the plug on its commercials featuring Rob Schneider ... after health groups trashed him for being anti-vaccine.

The insurance company began running ads last month ... featuring Schneider resurrecting his classic "Richmeister" character from SNL ... to sell insurance.

Several health groups immediately went on a social media campaign ... pointing out that Schneider's views run counter to what they claim are sound health insurance policies.

An anti-Schneider video posted last week pleaded with the company to drop Schneider, saying, "State Farm provides health insurance, and nothing ensures public health more than getting vaccinated."

State Farm bent to the pressure and will 86 the ad.

For his part, Schneider tweeted late Tuesday night, "'If the Freedom of Speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter,' George Washington."