Jenny McCarthy claims she’s not anti-vax

McCarthy tries to save face by pulling back on her anti-vax stance. She fails.

Former Playboy model, Jenny McCarthy, pens op-ed: ‘I am not anti-vaccine’.

Former playmate and current hostess of The View, Jenny McCarthy got the opportunity to “clarify” her thoughts on vaccines and autism Saturday in an Op-Ed published in the Chicago Sun-Times.

She comes right out the gate saying, “I am not “anti-vaccine.” This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, “pro-vaccine” and for years I have been wrongly branded as “anti-vaccine.”

McCarthy is notorious for saying, “The idea that vaccines are a primary cause of autism is not as crackpot as some might wish. Autism’s 60-fold rise in 30 years matches a tripling of the U.S. vaccine schedule.”

But Orac responds to this and is unforgiving as she “tries to rewrite history”:

So what do you call someone who repeats common antivaccine tropes? Either she’s antivaccine or she’s so scientifically ignorant as to be uneducable. Take your pick about McCarthy.

And then it gets nasty. She never said anything about the anti-vaccination signs and statements from people she supported. It seems like she is facing the heat that she is known as the world’s biggest celebrity anti-vaxxer. And kids suffer and die.

  7 comments for “Jenny McCarthy claims she’s not anti-vax

  1. Adam
    April 16, 2014 at 4:01 AM

    The usual excuse is they’re not anti-vax, they’re pro-safety – that if only someone demonstrates a perfectly safe vaccine that they will change their minds. Despite that being scientifically and logically impossible.

    What I wonder is why they don’t apply this line of brain damaged logic to other areas of their lives too, demanding total safety for things like car seabelts, electrical insulator, water treatment etc. and in the absence of total safety advocating such things be banned.

  2. April 16, 2014 at 5:04 AM

    Jenny McCarthy is not anti-vaccination in the same way that the Ku Klux Klan are not racist.

    I don’t blame only her, though. In a culture where denying obvious facts is promoted as a valid opinion (as is the case with climate change denial and evolution denial), it’s hardly a surprise when the difference between fact and opinion becomes blurred.

  3. Chris Howard
    April 16, 2014 at 8:42 AM


    It’s the culture of everyone’s opinion is equally valid that will, ultimately, do us in.

  4. Rex Dart
    April 16, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    I like Penn and Teller’s visual demonstration of how even if we accept the anti-vaxer claim that vaccines cause autism as true (“which it f***ing isn’t”), the benefits of vaccination STILL vastly outweigh the alleged harm.

  5. Terrence Lee
    April 21, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    I agree completely, and would like to add “How about 100% safety for the electronic cigarettes she is currently hyping?”

  6. Terrence Lee
    April 22, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    I think Isaac Azimov probably said it best: “Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through out political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.”

  7. Terrence Lee
    April 22, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Oops. Misspelled Asimov.

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