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Apr 16 2014

Jenny McCarthy tries to scrub off the stink of ‘anti-vax’

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I’m heartened to read about Jenny McCarthy trying to claim she actually isn’t anti-vaccination. Not because her views have changed in response to overwhelming evidence – of course they haven’t – but because it means she’s aware that she’s being labelled as anti-vax and that it’s a bad thing. As a person whose loudly uninformed views have contributed to actual harm in the return of diseases such as whooping cough and measles in the US and around the world, she is more than deserving of the slur.

I’m always in favour of people who spread harmful misinformation being made aware of how they are regarded by the people trying to undo their damage.

More importantly, being kept on the defensive like this increases the probability of getting more prize-winning idiocy out of her mouth, as in this interview with Jeffrey Kluger:

I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe.

Jenny McCarthy, doubling down on ‘anti-vax’ by turning it ‘pro-disease’.

If you ask a parent of an autistic child if they want the measles or the autism, we will stand in line for the f*cking measles.

Jenny McCarthy, speaking for others and insulting autistic people in one fell swoop. False dichotomies a speciality.

Kluger himself has a good response to Jenny’s latest claim of innocence. The excellent Phil Plait also makes some good points, with plenty of references to past anti-vax claims by McCarthy.

You can always get in touch with Jenny McCarthy and let her know what you think via her Twitter.

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