Jenny McCarthy and the law of unintended consequences

19 Oct

This video explains a consequence of Jenny McCarthy’s self-serving appearance on Oprah. The mom who made the video uses text to explain how she and her son listened to Jenny that day rave about how Warrior Mothers “fix” their autistic children. The boy deduces from this that since he is autistic and has a mother that perhaps his mother has already “fixed” him or maybe she will “fix” him in the future.

The mom realized that it wasn’t good for her son to see himself as a broken thing, or as a fixer-upper not quite good enough as is. The mom says she has decided to be a different kind of Mother Warrior now. She will continue to make sure her son gets the skills he needs to do the best he can. She will be one that fights for acceptance of her son and her family as they are.

I’m fighting for my son to be the best he can be…without being made to feel like there is something wrong with him being the way he is.

I would say this was an example of the law of inintended consequences. Jenny “Look at ME!” McCarthy’s statements are so often over-the-top, so shallow and ill-informed and so often self-contradictory. (What is it that cured Evan Asher this week? Diflucan for a raging yeast infection or just a few simple changes in diet and a few vitamins?) I believe she and her air-headed supporters can only make so many extreme and unethical comments about children in the national media before it starts to sink in to normal people that children are being spoken of abusively. I hope there will be a huge backlash because of Jenny’s exploitative, exhibitionist, anti-acceptance, anti-truth, anti-kindness, anti-child, anti-public-health putsch. I hope that backlash brings people to a point where they take a stand, visibly, and make declarations firmly on the side of autistic people as the mom who made this video did.

Thanks, Dinah M., for pointing out the video.

5 Responses to “Jenny McCarthy and the law of unintended consequences”

  1. Anne October 20, 2008 at 05:18 #

    Very nice video, although it doesn’t stream in very well. I like this mom’s message. It beats dragging your kid to a Green our Vaccines rally, complete with “my kid is poisoned and his life is ruined” signs.

  2. Ms. Clark October 20, 2008 at 06:47 #

    Yeah and it beats Jenny telling people, “Look how easy it was to fix my kid! (Smile at the camera Evan!) Well actually I busted my behind because I’m a Warrior Mom ™and I had to scream at people and use lots of foul language and all, but still it was a piece of cake and if you love your kid, you’ll do it, too. No whining, ladies! Just shut your face and start shopping for gluten-free casein-free pizza. And remember no more vaccines!!!”

  3. David N. Andrews M. Ed. (Distinction) October 20, 2008 at 12:20 #

    Jenny McCarthy has letters after her name, don’tcha know?

    Jenny McCarthy A. P. O. S.

    Incidentally… not only is normal over-rated but, based on some comments from ‘normal’ folk in Florida (regarding a kid against whom a cop used a taser), I’d go as far as to say that it’s a more pathological state then being autistic.

    To the mum who made this video… well done on leaving the mad herd and doing the right thing by your child. He’ll appreciate it. And so do we! Well done!

  4. Sarah Clemment July 14, 2009 at 01:38 #

    From an educated mom of an autistic son, a J.D., I would like to thank this mother for her video. I hope that someday the media will find a better, more intelligent, “celeb mom of autistic child”.

    For now, all of us “smart” parents of autistic children can only continue to blog against McCarthy on the net and send Oprah our letters of disapproval.

    By the way, isn’t it easy to be a “Warrior Mom” when you’re rich and you don’t really have to work (except for a few tv appearances touting your mother of autistic child experiences)?


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