Jenny McCarthy just got herself in the news again. She felt harmed by an article on a celebrity news website and threatened them with legal action. Here’s her statement:
Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate. These stories cite a “new” Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight.
As I already noted elsewhere: don’t use my family as your shield.
Your conventions promote absolute nonsense posing as “therapies”. Forcing disabled children to drink bleach solutions or take bleach solution enemas. Shutting down the sex hormone production in disabled children on the mistaken idea that this will help to remove “toxins”. Chelating disabled kids for faux mercury poisoning.
For parents like me who reject your nonsense, you describe us as: “[they] fall into this victim role, and they like it”
News stories about you, correct or incorrect, open no wounds for me.
You added that line to paint yourself as a leader of the autism community. You aren’t.
Stand up and distance yourself from your previous stances on vaccines. That would be leadership. Tell your organization and your parent convention that some of these “therapies” are harming children and you won’t promote them. That would be leadership.
Using autism for self promotion, like you are doing here, that’s not leadership.