Jenny McCarthy loses gig for health-related fundraiser

3 Feb

I haven’t spent much time discussing Jenny McCarthy in a while. The reason is pretty simple, aside from her annual presentation at the AutismOne parent convention (where she criticizes parents who don’t use alternative medicine), she’s basically dropped out of the public discussion on autism. Years back she stopped expressing her views on vaccines publicly. Gone are the days of shouting “bullshit” at pediatricians on national TV and leading “green our vaccines” demonstrations in Washington DC.

So when I heard that she was going to headline a fundraiser for a cancer charity in Ottawa, I didn’t feel any need to write about it. Sure, it was a bad decision on the charity’s part. Why spend some of their credibility on Ms. McCarthy?

We are talking a cancer charity. Cancer patients often have reduced immune systems due to treatments they receive. They are highly dependent on the rest of us providing protection from serious vaccine-preventable diseases. The efforts of Ms. McCarthy and her organization have, by their own words, reduced vaccine uptake, endangering the very population the charity seeks to serve.

The Ottowa Citizen is reporting that Ms. McCarthy has been replaced for the event. I thank the charity for that. Ms. McCarthy is tweeting that she has a conflict and had to pull out. If this is true, perhaps she could return the “financial settlement” she is reportedly still being paid. In other words, I’m finding it hard to believe her tweet. If she wants to save face, she can save the charity money at the same time.

With luck, this will be the only Jenny McCarthy article here this year. Her time came and passed. We will be feeling the damage of her efforts for years to come. I’m not feeling much sympathy that she has to accept some consenquences.


By Matt Carey

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13 Responses to “Jenny McCarthy loses gig for health-related fundraiser”

  1. Sullivan (Matt Carey) February 3, 2013 at 22:57 #

    Jenny McCarthy’s tweet about the cancellation:

    JennyMcCarthy
    So so sorry Ottawa! I had to pull out of event because of my new show taping conflict but will be back in a few months to make up for it!

    Someone tweeted to her about still getting paid and how she should , and Jenny McCarthy

    JennyMcCarthy
    @OttawaBobes @YoniFreedhoff Get your facts right! I have received no money! I will be back in town to make up for cancelation in June.

    Over the years I’ve seen Ms. McCarthy’s colleague, Andrew Wakefield, make many statements which are half truths hiding facts. It would be nice if Ms. McCarthy would just tell us what the settlement is so we can all have the facts. Was a non cash agreement made? Is a future event in the works? Was money paid to her agent, but not to her?

    Jenny McCarthy dug this hole herself by claiming it was a scheduling conflict. Perhaps she could dig her way out.

  2. Sue Denim February 3, 2013 at 22:59 #

    I vaguely remember something about her getting 25 million from Jim Carrey following their breakup. Does she really need to keep the money?

    Ooh! I just looked it up, and found something really interesting.

    http://www.celebitchy.com/98088/star_jim_carrey_gave_jenny_mccarthy_25_mil_5_mil_for_each_year_together/

  3. Science Mom February 4, 2013 at 00:44 #

    @ Sue, considering she had to look to Playboy to pay for her son’s school and closed down her own school, I find it hard to believe that she received anything substantial from Carrey.

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) February 4, 2013 at 01:30 #

      Who knows. Certainly, Jenny McCarthy does not act as though she is that well off. I wouldn’t be surprised if Jim Carrey didn’t set up something for Evan. As in something for him only.

      The story makes it out that there was a payment and that Jenny wouldn’t be critical of Carrey going forward. Her comments in the past year or so claiming that Jim Carrey has not played enough of a role in Evan’s life is certainly critical. Both of them were guilty of the celebrity break-up tactic of using the paparazzi to publicize them “moving on” (e.g. getting ‘caught’ making out in clubs soon after the breakup). Also, Ms. McCarthy’s team spread rumors pretty quickly about how Mr. Carrey’s behavior. I stopped my news alerts for them because it was just stuff like this. So, if Mr. Carrey were buying silence, he paid too much and got too little.

      • @momswhovax February 4, 2013 at 18:45 #

        What is the name of the charity? Couldn’t we (politely) ask them to reconsider?

  4. @momswhovax February 4, 2013 at 18:46 #

    Never mind, found it. Do we think she’s bs-ing, or are they really going to reschedule?

    • Sullivan (Matt Carey) February 4, 2013 at 19:02 #

      It’s difficult to know what the specifics are. Is Ms. McCarthy telling Ottowa in general to look forward to her visit? Or is this something related to the charity gig? I think the wording is vague and meant to be vague.

      • Ken February 5, 2013 at 15:14 #

        Ottawa ;-)

      • Sullivan (Matt Carey) February 5, 2013 at 17:40 #

        Thanks!

        My browser doesn’t have spell checking and I need it.

  5. Sue Denim February 5, 2013 at 08:23 #

    Found another interesting article, though it’s barely on-topic here. Just wanted to share.

    http://www.theanchoronline.org/opnions/2013/02/04/the-complete-idiots-guide-to-an-autistics-worst-allies/

  6. Brian Deer February 5, 2013 at 17:48 #

    Being such a selfless and compassionate person, whose name has appeared as the author of various books, Jenny will wish to do all she can for children with autism.

    So, of course, she will want a panel of doctors to look at Evan’s medical records from birth, and to provide full details of the diet which cured him of autism. This would be her public duty, and I’m sure she will wish to help

    • lilady February 5, 2013 at 19:37 #

      I believe Jenny’s son’s doctor, wrote the foreward to one of her books. Would he be considered to be part of that panel of doctors to examine Evan’s medical records?

      You remember him, don’t you Brian? He’s the *pediatrician to the stars* who appeared (all too) briefly in the PBS documentary “The Vaccine Wars”…then tried to excoriate the documentary’s producer in his blog on the HoPo for not giving him enough airtime.

    • McD February 12, 2013 at 01:37 #

      Since Evan got early intensive behavioral therapy at UCLA, one of the few effective, evidence based interventions ( http://researchautism.net/autism_treatments_therapies_intervention.ikml?ra=13 ) , her claims of improvement are not remarkable.

      This would be like claiming that she cured him of cancer using multivitamins and crystals, while neglecting to mention the chemotherapy and radiation treatments he had. What is unethical is that she then shills for the multivitamins and crystals.

      To be fair, she does mention the EIBI in her book, but how often does it come up? Not often, because, because she can’t make a buck off it (I can’t see behavior analysts being too happy at getting endorsed by an antiscience nutter).

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