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2.) Jenny McCarthy. “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. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their fing fault … They’re making a product that’s s. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism … 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***ing measles,” said actress and model McCarthy to Time in 2010.
McCarthy is the mother of a child with autism, which she has long blamed on vaccines. Unfortunately, extreme anti-vaccine talk has notably brought back diseases such as whooping cough and measles in California and elsewhere.
McCarthy made quite a name for herself in questioning vaccines and publicly linking them to autism on “Larry King Live,” “Frontline,” and many other programs.
For her efforts in promoting science that virtually no actual experts support, McCarthy was awarded the James Randi Educational Foundation’s Pigasus Award, which “rewards” those who promote pseudoscience. She won the award officially for being the “Performer Who Has Fooled the Greatest Number of People with the Least Amount of Effort.”
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McCarthy wisely began backing off her “expertise” — and started acting as if she had never been against vaccines or flown from talk show to talk show, promoting her beliefs as if she were a qualified expert.
“It’s been three years now since I’ve even talked about autism or vaccines — I was taken aback when people freaked out that I was going to come on ‘The View’ and preach … I will clarify my stance, which is still the same: That parents are in charge. Space it out, slow it down and do your homework. But I am not at all against vaccines,” she told TV Guide in 2013.
Still, the damage has been done, according to many. Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a psychiatrist who specializes in schizophrenia, wrote in Medscape in 2015 about celebrities who talk about illnesses. He partly blamed McCarthy for a measles outbreak in California.
“She has no idea what she is talking about. What she said is misleading and harmful, and the measles outbreak is a clear indication of the response to the spread of such pseudoscientific myths.” (go to page 4 to continue reading) [lz_pagination]