Jenny McCarthy’s anti-vaccine rants drew the ire of many of her Twitter followers when the 41-year-old View co-host threw out a rather innocuous question about what someone may look for in a mate. Rather than reply with the archetypal preferred attributes we look for in a companion, some tweeted their pent up wrath at McCarthy and her anti-vax viewpoints.
According to The Daily Beast on March 15, no “crystal ball” was needed to see how this would end up. The overwhelming response among those who disagree with McCarthy’s stance on vaccinations was they simply wanted someone who isn’t an anti-vaccine queen.
“What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using #JennyAsks,” McCarthy asked Thursday of her 1.1 million followers.
According to US Magazine, here is a sampling of the seething replies McCarthy got:
Someone who think vaccines are safe.
Somebody who gets that refusing vaccines because of 'toxins' and then shilling for e-cigs makes you a pathetic hypocrite #JennyAsks.
#JennyAsks Someone who doesn't spread false info causing disease.
Someone who believes in data & science, not discredited, fake medical 'experts' or anecdotal evidence.
US Magazine says McCarthy has “argued for years that early childhood vaccines against diseases like polio and the measles are linked to autism in children. Her 11-year-old son Evan has autism, and she's spoken out about about the issue via social media, her ABC daytime talk show, and even during an appearance on Larry King Live in April 2008.”
A few of the other choice responses McCarthy received:
Someone who think vaccines are safe, Botox is poisonous and who doesn't pick their nose and eat it on MTV. – Michael Rops @SkepticalBelg
My ideal mate likes the idea of kids not getting polio – @MACatHoyos
McCarthy’s son was diagnosed with autism in 2005, and since then the Playboy model has made numerous forays against the pro-vaccine camp. McCarthy has attempted to clarify things in the past, stating that she “and the autism community” are not anti-vaccine, but are “anti-toxin and anti-schedule” – meaning she believes infants are inundated with too many vaccines at once, and is weary over “toxins” that vaccines reportedly carry.
That hasn't gratified those pro-vax parents however.
The Daily Beast says “some pediatricians believe the current measles outbreak in New York City is the result of anti-vaccination activists’ fear-mongering.”
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