If you haven’t read the celebrity gossip news you may have missed it (and good for you!). Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey have split. As an aside, in classic Hollywood fashion, news also just came out that her ex husband is in a new celebrity relationship. I’ll never understand the way Hollywood uses relationships for image promotion.
That said, this is not an easy thing to blog about. First, there is the fluff component. This isn’t a celebrity gossip blog. Second, Jenny McCarthy’s kid is only seven. He doesn’t deserve to lose another father figure. I wish him well.
One question this poses is whether Jim Carrey will continue with Generation Rescue?
It appears not. Generation Rescue has revamped their website. The picture of Jim Carrey, Jenny McCarthy and Evan McCarthy is gone. GR is now just “Jenny McCarthy’s autism organization”. Jim Carrey is no longer on the page of the Board of Directors.
Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey were the wealthy celebrity couple that revitalized Generation Rescue. And, let’s face it, Jim Carrey is the part of the couple with most of the celebrity and wealth.
The Generation Rescue website is probably in flux so we shouldn’t jump to any conclusions about what is missing as of now. That said, consider this:
Not only is Jim Carrey missing, but Dr. Jill James is no longer listed as a part of their science advisory board.
Mention of Desiree Jennings is gone. (She is the person who claimed that a flu vaccination caused dystonia, a claim that didn’t appear to hold up to scrutiny ). I don’t think this signals anything other than it was a convenient time to quietly pull support for someone who was, well, a liability.
On the main page for Generation Rescue, Jenny McCarthy is pushing hard to get a $250,000 grant from Pepsi. Is this prompted by the loss of Jim Carrey’s financial support? If you haven’t seen the plea from Ms. McCarthy, consider it. At least the first 20 seconds. That way you can hear her state that Generation Rescue “…helps and Treats thousands, millions of children with autism”
Yes, millions of children are supposedly helped by Generation Rescue. That would be more autistic kids than in the entire U.S..
I remember when Jim Carrey first hit the scene. He paid for a full page ad for Generation Rescue in USA Today. Just up and paid for it. Those ads cost over $200,000 as I recall. Now GR is pushing hard for a grant of that size.
Jim Carrey was a bit of a lightweight when it came to autism and disability issues. He demonstrated that clearly at the Green Our Vaccines rally. But, he was an asset to Generation Rescue. His leaving can’t be helping GR.