Not funny: Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy invited to speak at health event

Anti-vaccine crusader Jenny McCarthy to headline Bust a Move Ottawa.

Jenny McCarthy might be coming to Ottawa to raise money for health care, but she’s bringing along the controversy that surrounds her views on medical science.

The Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation is bringing McCarthy to town March 2 to headline its annual Bust a Move fundraiser as a guest fitness instructor.

Yet despite her views, for which scientists have labelled her a menace to vaccination efforts, McCarthy was the choice of the cancer foundation for the fundraiser, to be held at the Ottawa Athletic Club. Funds raised from the event will go to the foundation to support breast cancer programs throughout Eastern Ontario.

Dr. Gary Freed, a professor of pediatrics at the University of Michigan and former chair of the National Vaccine Advisory Committee of the United States, said inviting McCarthy to the event, even if it’s not to lecture on her views and even if it’s for a good cause, is a bad idea.

“It’s disappointing that someone who peddles in pseudo science and has had such a negative impact on the health and well-being of so many children would ever be invited to participate in any type of legitimate health care program,” Freed said Tuesday night.

Bernice Rachkowski, chair of the event, said McCarthy was not chosen for her views.

“We chose her because she’s funny, she’s very much a people person, she’s vivacious and full of life. That’s what we look for in a celebrity,” Rachkowski said.

<sarcasm>Ah, nice. Because sick or dead kids are funny.

What a DUMB move. She thrives on ignorance and unclassy representation for women and mothers. Choosing a spokesperson means you get their baggage too. She got part of her fame by being loud and obnoxious about autism and vaccines. People paid attention because she was celebrity. Now, this group is saying that her views on medicine don’t matter. The only thing laughable about this story is that the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation seriously thought this was a good idea.

Here is a site in honor of her “advocacy”.
Anti-Vaccine Body Count.


An open letter to Jenny McCarthy « Left Brain Right Brain.

Jenny McCarthy drives the stupidity to ever higher levels on–where else?–The Huffington Post – Respectful Insolence.

Science-Based Medicine » In Jenny McCarthy’s own words.


  4 comments for “Not funny: Anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy invited to speak at health event

  1. January 30, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    Because she’s funny? There was no one else funny available?

  2. January 31, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    An open letter jointly signed by Michael Payton, National Executive Director, Centre for Inquiry Canada
    Iain Martel and Steve Livingston, Co-chairs, Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism
    Chris Hebbern, Chair, Ottawa Skeptics and Seanna Watson, Chair, Centre for Inquiry Ottawa.

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