Jenny McCarthy Should Be Locked Up

So all of a sudden my news feed is blowing up with people bashing Jenny McCarthy because doctors are saying they misdiagnosed her son in 2005 as having autism. It’s a never-ending slew of….

“Jenny McCarthy should be locked up.”
“She’s a menace to society.”
“That’s what you people get for listening to a former Playboy Centerfold.”

I take all kinds of issue with all of this and here’s why…

Number One: It was the DOCTORS who diagnosed the child, and not Jenny.

Number Two: I’m pretty sure that she’s been consistently saying, since 2008, that she was able to cure his autism. So I’m wondering how in the world this has been blown up by the media all of a sudden?

Number Three: Vaccines are linked to multiple issues including autism in more than just her son. It’s definitely a hot topic, but there is a multitude of evidence that should no longer be simply ignored. How often do you hear of drugs being pulled off the shelves and lawsuits happening after it’s too late? All.The.Time.

Number Four: Shaming a woman because of a “supposed” medical misdiagnosis and advocacy for health is wrong. For years I’ve followed her and she’s always been the voice that said “take the toxins out.” It’s not been an anti-vaccine message, but a “pro-safe vaccine” message. This is a message that I wholeheartedly agree with. I think vaccines have done some wonderful things, and I think they could do even more if the toxins were taken out. Check out a quote from her from a Green Our Vaccines Rally:

What I really am is “anti-toxins” in the vaccines. I do believe that there is a correlation between vaccinations and autism. I don’t think it’s the sole cause, but I think they’re triggering–it’s triggering–autism in these kids. A really great example is…is, sometimes obesity can trigger diabetes. I do believe that vaccines can trigger autism…It’s so much more than just mercury. That is one ingredient in the recipe of autism…People don’t realize that there is aluminum, ether, antifreeze, still mercury, in the shots.

Number Five: Bashing a woman, and making fun of her viewpoints because she worked for Playboy is pretty much sexism, right there. Yes, I’ve seen people calling her a “blond bimbo with big boobs”. I don’t think it gets much more sexist than that. That’s like saying every woman with blond hair and big boobs has no right to any sort of opinion.

I’m really disheartened that so many people are bashing and discrediting her just because she used to work for Playboy. “That’s what people get for listening to a Playboy Centerfold.” Really? That’s a low-blow. So because a woman made different choices about her body than you did, it means that nothing she ever says has any value?

I thought that our society had advanced far beyond the days of chauvinism, into an era of love, acceptance and respect for other human beings, no matter where they come from and no matter their political/religious/medical views? And hasn’t Jim Carrey been working with her in the same activist group, and saying the exact same things that she has? How could we possibly listen to an actor/comedian’s point of view on this?!?! The nerve of a man like him actually taking a stance on something like this. He clearly is way too thin and has dark hair (dripping with sarcasm)!!

Number Six: The articles circulating the internet look horribly sensationalized, saying things like “her son MAY have never had autism,” and “Jenny is reversing her initial position that the MMR shots caused Evan’s autism. Jenny now says she wants vaccinations better researched.”  Wait, isn’t that what she’s been saying all along since the beginning? “Take the toxins out.” I’m confused why this is news?

Number Seven (THE EVIDENCE):

There are nearly two dozen studies that prove that vaccines can cause autism. Advocates are demanding further study, and for companies to take the toxins out. It seems absurd to me that this somehow seems to all be discredited because doctors say they misdiagnosed one woman’s son.

I find it odd that there were two court rulings in 2012 that confirmed autism was caused by vaccines, yet people still continue to scream that all of the “take the toxins out” advocates are just a bunch of conspiracy theorists. Court ruling…you saw it, right?

In Summary…

I’d love to see us bring the debate to the table and actually have a respectful conversation vs. taking jabs at a woman’s choice to be a part of Playboy. If that’s the only evidence you can bring, then you probably won’t win Nationals for your high school debate club.

Jenny has repeatedly said (years ago!) that she cured Evan’s autism (see link above). Just because he is finally cured, does not mean that everything she’s stood for as a health advocate is wrong. In fact, I’d venture to say that it actually confirms that she knows a little something about what she’s talking about.

And seriously…no more Mom bashing. Some people choose vaccines, others do not. At the end of the day, we all want what’s best for our kids and the World, but we just see the process differently. I see no need to call someone an irresponsible parent for allowing vaccines. Just like I see no reason to bash a woman because she advocates for safer vaccines.

Jenny McCarthy should be locked up? How about she be locked on stage as a role model for other women and moms to step forward and have their viewpoints heard – no matter their history, their appearance, or their viewpoints. We have enough hatred and maliciousness in the World already. And frankly, I’d like us to leave the witch hunting back in Salem.

So where do you stand on this issue? I have no doubt this post will cause some of you to get a little fired up. Bring it. Just don’t bash me or anyone else in the comments, please. Your words said behind a keyboard can still hurt someone. No shame – discussion welcome.  

(Edited to add: Jenny McCarthy has responded to all of the insanity. See the following statement from Jenny). 


By |2014-01-06T01:10:11-04:00January 4th, 2014|Health and Wellness|26 Comments

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  1. Rebecca January 4, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Excellent and well thought out article, Crystal. The irony is – we tell women they can be all they want to be – and almost encourage them to sell their bodies in order to make it big. Then, when it happens, they’re bashed. Be beautiful, be gorgeous, be sexy and when we don’t like you, we’ll slam you for it. Oh, the ironies and hypocrisy in this world never cease to amaze me.

    And yes, I agree – more people really need to research the truth behind the chemicals we are putting in our bodies that are ‘safe’ according to the medical world – and government. Food, drugs, vaccines….

    • Crystal Collins January 4, 2014 at 11:50 am - Reply

      Totally agree! A woman’s choices of what she does with her body should not affect the vaccine debate at large.

    • Twyla January 5, 2014 at 12:13 pm - Reply

      So true – damned if you do and damned if you don’t!

  2. moneen January 4, 2014 at 11:05 am - Reply

    Bashing people for their past is petty but often used if there is no other evidence to refute the claims of the individual and we don’t agree with what they are saying. Vaccines sometimes kill too and we as a “modern” society have an obligation to our children to find the problem and fix it without all the ridiculous name calling…..just fix the problem!!!!

    • Crystal Collins January 4, 2014 at 11:52 am - Reply

      I see this type of bashing often. It’s mostly used when a person is lacking any other way to refute something.

  3. Sherri @ The Kitchen Prescription January 4, 2014 at 11:18 am - Reply

    She is not my favorite celebrity I’ll admit, but the media is evil I tell you, absolutely evil! What ever happened to honest press and respecting other people’s opinions and views. Everything is written now days to divide us as a country and mankind. Notice the word “mankind?”. Seems if you think for yourself and don’t follow the masses/”sheeple” you get labeled as crazy. Well, if being crazy is wrong, I don’t wanna be right!

    • Crystal Collins January 4, 2014 at 11:53 am - Reply

      Completely agree here! Sensationalized media really is a huge problem.

  4. Laura D January 4, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I couldn’t agree with you more. LOVE this article.

  5. Michelle@SimplifyLiveLove January 4, 2014 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Amen, Crystal. What a well written, well researched, and overall well thought out post. I’m so glad to see someone tackle the real facts behind this whole “scandal.” And anyway, wasn’t the Time article in question written in 2010?? I really enjoyed this post. Thank you for writing it.

    • Crystal Collins January 4, 2014 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Yeah I have no idea why it’s all of a sudden a new scandal. Funny sometimes how things spread on the internet.

  6. Crystal Collins January 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    For anyone looking for it, here’s Jenny’s official statement in response to all of this:

  7. Tonia L. Clark January 4, 2014 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    My youngest is on the spectrum and I’ve struggled with the whole vaccine controversary for many years. Should I be protecting herd immunity or protecting my own? All of the ‘research’ on the Internet is enough to make your head spin.
    It’s ridiculous that Jenny’s motherly instincts, intelligence and character in general should be contrasted with her decision in appearing in Playboy a lifetime ago. Really?
    Yes its a controversial topic and has been for years. No I don’t think appearing in PlayBoy was the wisest choice but she was a Hollywood star and had she of shown the same amount of flesh in a BlockBuster movie no one would have likely brought that up.
    Grow up people. Stick wih the topic and quit the me slinging. She’s not running for president, she’s just a mom looking out for her kid.

  8. Jenetta Penner January 4, 2014 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    “I thought that our society had advanced far beyond the days of chauvinism, into an era of love, acceptance and respect for other human beings, no matter where they come from and no matter their political/religious/medical views? ”

    lol.. what ever gave you this idea.. I think we have a LONG way to go 😉

  9. Kelly January 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    I love that you wrote this and couldn’t agree with you more. It’s sad how many people choose to attack her intelligence and looks because of her statements and voicing her concerns. It’s amazing how quickly people react without taking two seconds to research or Google what was actually said.

  10. I bow to you. I wholeheartedly agree and adore this well-researched, well-thought-out post.

  11. Heather January 4, 2014 at 4:42 pm - Reply

    I absolutely loved Jenny’s first book (the second was good, too), except for the use of the f- word, which I whited out so I could lend the book to others. It was clearly laid out, easy to understand, and quite interesting. It radiated HOPE, which I felt was very needed for so many people.

    I actually found my copies of the book (I went back and bought several) at the dollar store and was so grateful because it was at a time when two of my children had had odd reactions to being vaccinated. I was concerned, and researching, and her book gave me the impetus to say no to more vaccinations (they would not break them down into smaller groupings, not reassure me of their components), which I believe saved those two children from developing issues too severe to deal with at home.

    The funny thing is that I had NO idea who she was when I read the book, so I had no preconceived notions about her suitability as an author. After reading the book, I felt she was eminently suitable because she was a MOTHER who experienced the horror of seeing her child change before her eyes, and she researched and fought to discover the best, most effective treatments for her child…and was thankfully successful.

    Who wouldn’t be happy for her that her kernel of an idea has helped many people help their children? Probably the drug companies wouldn’t be happy, but anyone else, well, get off your high horse if you feel like you need to be judge and jury…let every individual decide if they’d like to read the books, check out the website, and learn from the information they can get there. If they believe in what is stated after doing their own research and want to fight for green vaccines or an altered vaccination schedule, then let them do it. You decide what you do with your family and let us decide what to do with ours…and please, the mudslinging is really immature. I’d never have chosen to do what she did as a job, but you know what? There are lots of things I’ve chosen that many people wouldn’t choose to do, too, and those choices don’t affect my intelligence or hers. They certainly don’t make research, treatments, or causes invalid. Great blog post. Thanks.

    • Crystal Collins January 4, 2014 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      Love this! The idea that her choices of what she does with her body can negate all the information she lays out for us is just mind-boggling to me.

  12. imstillafloat January 4, 2014 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    BRAVA!!!!!! I opened the link expecting to be angered by yet another Jenny-basher for exactly the reasons you itemized. What a relief and joy to discover how very wrong my expectation was!!!!!!! Thank you for this, and I commend your moral courage for doing it. You, too, should be “locked on stage as a role model for other women and moms…”. Again, thank you.

  13. Twyla January 5, 2014 at 12:14 pm - Reply

    Good article!

  14. Matt D January 5, 2014 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Jenny McCarthy deserves the title of Blond Bimbo, not because she was a Playboy model , posed nude, had augmentation and accepts racy parts on sitcoms and live shows, but it is in the way she has conducted herself to lead to that label not brought on by merely the roles she has accepted. It is the result beyond that we have all observed with her behaviors as a ‘bad girl’ who is still attempting to retain that title even into her 40’s. What role model does this set for her kids? And frankly, who cares whether or not her views have been taken out of context and she is offended? Think about her career and how many she has done that to.
    Her only respectable legacy may very well be campaigning against toxic substances within vaccines, but she is not someone with a meritable organization should have spearhead if progress is to be made.
    As far as the above article, the writer probably should not have linked to a website called ‘undergroundhealth’ which calls the verity of these beliefs and facts into question. Looking into government concessions, there aren’t any. In either case it is unknown whether the government directly acknowledged a link between vaccines and autism. They only conceded brain damage incurred from vaccines in the two cases, one of them probably due to many vaccines issues at once. The other case has some docs sealed as to what the gov’t actually admitted to, but the HHS has said no relation to autism has been found in either case.
    There are no large studies to conclude any link between autism and vaccines, although personally I would not give some vaccines like flu shots to my children just because the incidence of mortality related to flu in non-immune compromised children is negligible. Many Drs and proponents of vaccines believe we should all get shots because those who don’t remain a health threat to their ‘germs’, since vaccines dont promote complete lasting immunity. My response is that vaccines aren’t proven to be even remotely effective and can possibly cause side effects, some of which may be irreversible to some individuals with unknown genomes and immune system factors. It’s all based upon educated conjecture from the CDC and HHS, pharmaceutical influence and scare tactics.
    Aside from acknowledging the system is not perfect, the article however should have used better judgement defending MCarthy, although every PERSON has a right to state their opinion as I am about McCarthy not being a role model for vaccines and her kids. The article should also not state facts that are erroneous and supports them with suspicious links. It makes the person’s view look incredulous and lacking any credibility going forward.

  15. Brittany January 5, 2014 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    Did anyone ever read this article?

    It was published yrs ago but it was quietly swept under the rug. I don’t vaccinate at a young age and wait till my kids are 4 to start. I had a brother who reacted to the vaccine and it documented that is when all his problems started. My mom has been told numerous times that they see it all the time but are NOT allowed to say anything about it in fear of losing their medical license. She has been contacted by a certain department and was told they know there is a link but can only look into cases to see if money can be awarded for damages hence why the fund was started.

  16. George J February 14, 2014 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Could it be Jenny McCarthy is angry that her son never had autism after she invested so much time writing books that he was? Could it be that the money she made from these books is now at risk if her son didn’t really have autism? That would seem like something that would make a celebrity angry. Losing money over something they said was real. A lot of people made money off her son’s “autism” diagnosis, so it’s not surprising that they would defend the autism diagnosis to keep the money coming in from the books she’s published. Just saying….

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