This accusation is everywhere, isn’t it? Respectable doctors say it on live TV, trying to sound like they have sympathy for those of us who just weren’t smart enough to avoid being duped by a pretty young thing with big boobs. Journalists never fail to mention it in stories about whatever the current vaccine-preventable epidemic is. It’s talked about on blogs, call-in radio shows, and legislative hearings. I’m starting to think that the recipe for a mainstream print article is made up of 5 ingredients:
- A hefty dose of mass hysteria;
- A declaration of vaccines being the greatest medical achievement of the 20th century;
- Two parts vaccine injury denial; both in what an injury is and that they are “exceedingly rare”;
- An allusion to a “debunked” and “fraudulent” study;
- All topped off with a sprinkle of Playboy bunny.
Snoooooze. Who gets paid to write that stuff?
Correct me if I’m wrong but Jenny McCarthy didn’t hit the big time with vaccine-induced autism before September 2007, when she went on Oprah to tell her personal story of what happened to her child. By my reasoning it would be impossible for anyone who stopped vaccinating before the fall of 2007 to have done so because they were taking medical advice from that Playboy bunny.
So, Susan Lawson, the pro-vaccine veterinarian whose daughter Julia was featured on a vaccine awareness billboard after she succumbed to severe autism from the MMR-V on December 26, 2006? Not taking medical advice from a Playboy bunny.
How about Marlene, who heard of the vaccine-autism connection in 1996 and yet still vaccinated her son in 2000 before autism set in? Not taking medical advice from a Playboy bunny.
What about Christina who held off on vaccinating her beautiful baby until she was 14 months old, and still lost her to autism in 2004? Not taking medical advice from a Playboy bunny.
And the parents of Eric, who was severely injured in 1992 by the DPT? He died last year at the age of 22 after being wheelchair bound and plagued with seizures his whole life. They only wish they’d been able to take medical advice from that Playboy bunny.
To the best of my knowledge, the last time Jenny McCarthy spoke to the press about vaccines and autism was in April of 2010 for a PBS documentary. We’re coming up on 5 years since she’s grabbed the autism spotlight in attempt to brainwash unsuspecting new parents into not vaccinating, but we’re still giving her all of the credit? Why? Are we that obsessed with Playboy?
You know who else posed for Playboy? Kim Kardashian, but the media fawned all over her declaration that everyone in her family needed to get a pertussis vaccine when her baby was born, making her a Tdap hero.
Who else bared it all to be an iconic bunny? Brooke Burke. But when she was playing up her thyroid cancer diagnosis and giving medical advice to the masses, everyone was all ears.
Suzanne Somers? I hate to break it to you but she’s a mainstream media darling and hordes of people have no problem taking her medical advice, apparently having forgotten that she too is a former Playboy bunny.
Sofia Vergara has a hard time keeping her clothes on for all sorts of publications– not that I’m complaining– but she also stars in the “Follow the Script” synthetic thyroid hormone campaign and if telling someone to take a prescription isn’t giving medical advice, I don’t know what is.
Even Kristen “you-can’t-hold-my-child-unless-you’re-vaccinated” Bell posed for Maxim Magazine, and let’s be honest, that’s what celebrities do when Playboy isn’t ringing their phone.
Now that I mention it, Sarah Michelle Gellar, the “Pertussis Slayer,” stripped down for Maxim too– and not just once, but twice. In fact, Jennifer Lopez (Sounds of Pertussis spokesperson), Salma “Sex-Mex” Hayek (tetanus vaccine representative), and Jennifer Garner (flu shot campaign) have all been featured in titillating Maxim spreads. Not having been invited anywhere near the big league, Amanda Peet (Shot@Life and Every Child by Two Ambassador since her brother-in-law is cronies with Paul Offit) settled for sexing it up for GQ. What, we’re OK with all of these bombshells giving medical advice?
Do I care about all of that? Not really, but I do care about Jenny McCarthy. Unlike the rest of the clothing-optional ladies on this list she’s put her money where her mouth is in funding $1,800 autism treatment scholarships for families who can’t afford to help their children. She stood up as a lone mother to say, “This is what happened to my son. He went into cardiac arrest after vaccinations, he has seizures, and he was diagnosed with autism. This is our story.” She took a beating in bringing attention to an epidemic and continues to be a media scapegoat today but do you think she cares?
I doubt it. There is only one mama lion on this list and lions don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep.
Photo credit: The Frisky