CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WJZY) — On game day in Charlotte, thousands flood the streets to watch the Panthers face off against any given opponent.
On Sunday, something other than friends, drinks and food caught the eye of tailgaters.
“It is very genius what they did,” Keith Gabriel said.
A truck circled the Queen City with a message: “Don’t Get Vaccinated.”
For a split second, those who read it might think the truck is part of an anti-vaccination campaign until you see what is beneath it: the name of a funeral home.
“You see don’t get vaccinated…either you are intrigued or you are disarmed by what you see. But, either way, clickbait, right? You are going to click and see what is on the other side of that website, so it was a great advertisement for whoever made that advertising,” Gabriel said.
The funeral home does not exist, but it does have a website. No number, address or “about me” pages are listed. One link in the center of the page brings you to a Charlotte Health Care system that holds daily vaccination clinics.
“Does StarMed have anything to do with the ad?” FOX 46’s Taylor Young asked.
“From my understanding, the answer is currently ‘no.’ I do not know of anyone in our team that has done this, but I am the last to know for some things,” Chief Medical Officer Dr. Arin Piramzadiam said.
He said while he is unaware of who is behind the ad, he backs its message.
“It definitely has a bit of dark humor associated with it, but whoever is doing it obviously has the same thought process as we do where vaccines save lives,” Dr. Piramzadiam said.