Celebrities and seizures: Evan’s grandmother speaks out

12 Jan

Jenny McCarthy is the face of vaccine rejectionism in America. The story she tells of how her son, Evan, became autistic after his MMR shot is arguably the origin myth for the anti-vaccine movement, and the legions of “Warrior
Mothers
” who follow her. Now, a competing narrative from someone else close to Evan calls the myth into question. “I have such tremendous guilt for not speaking up when I knew something wasn’t right,” says Joyce Bulifant, Evan’s paternal grandmother.

“But I was afraid of Jenny, and didn’t want to be the interfering mother-in-law. I was more concerned about me than taking care of Evan.” She agreed to speak with AutismNewsBeat.

McCarthy’s many critics have pointed to her numerous contradictions. She told Oprah Winfrey, for example, and there is “no doubt in my mind” that the MMR vaccine caused her son Evan’s autism. But she has also written that Evan showed signs of delay by six months – one year before the shot. “I don’t think she’s very fond of me, but I love her because she is Evan’s mother. It makes me sad that we don’t have a true relationship,” says Bulifant. “That makes me very sad.”

- more at
autismnewsbeat.com

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4 Responses to “Celebrities and seizures: Evan’s grandmother speaks out”

  1. reissd January 12, 2014 at 18:27 #

    It’s a powerful article. And I love that we hear more about Evan.

    • Lara Lohne January 12, 2014 at 19:35 #

      Yeah. It’s nice to hear someone speaking about Even and portraying him and a real person, with personality, feelings and intellect. I’ve never gotten that from anything McCarthy has said about him. To hear her talk, one would think Even isn’t even able to speak or do anything for himself. She makes a lot of it about her and how it affects her. But of course someone who’s been a mother before, particularly a mother to boys, is going to recognize developmental delay before someone who’s never been a mother before. I could recognize difference in Mini V from birth, that didn’t exist in my three sons born before him. They all developed differently, but there were differences even in Mini V that were out of the ordinary. I’m glad that Ms. Bulifant is speaking up and giving her account of things. It feels more real than any of the drama filled and sensationalistic stories McCarthy has told.

  2. lilady January 13, 2014 at 01:01 #

    Unfortunately, when Jenny McCarthy speaks about her son, it is always about how Evan’s medical problems and autism diagnosis affected Jenny…never about Evan and his progress. According to his loving grandmother, he is a delightful inquisitive child whose father and grandmother are very much a part of his life.

    It’s nice to have Joyce Bulifant, who witnessed Evan’s seizure clarify that Evan didn’t die during the seizure and was not resuscitated.

    At some time in the future, Evan will read about Jenny’s lies about him and his father. Evan will know that Jenny said “the light went out of his eyes, right after he received MMR vaccine”. He will also read how she used him to revive her career as a minor celebrity and every other blatant lie she has told about Evan.

  3. Saraquill January 14, 2014 at 02:47 #

    Reading this makes me sad at how Jenny seems to want to push her son’s grandmother out of his life. She sounds like a loving influence.

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