Jenny McCarthy, less brash but the same message

1 May

Jenny McCarthy and her organization, Generation Rescue, have toned down on the vaccine message in the past few years. Gone is the Generation Rescue “favorite” vaccine schedule (which left kids unprotected against most vaccine preventable diseases). It’s been four years since the “Green Our Vaccines” rally, and there isn’t even a discussion of a followup. Mostly, there hasn’t been that much vaccine talk from Ms. McCarthy in the press for the past few years. Autism Awareness month (April) was for three years running the launch date for Jenny McCarthy autism books.

From the article “Jenny McCarthy: ‘I’m Taking Baby Steps’ with New Romance” in Parade:

The biggest hurdle is the CDC not recognizing it as an epidemic. There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. I know there is an environmental trigger that they won’t agree with right now but time will tell. I am just ready for them to call it an epidemic so people can take it seriously.

“I know there is an environmental trigger that they won’t agree with right now…” Not quite the old days with Jenny McCarthy shouting “Bullshit” at the head of the AAP on the Larry King show. Or telling a crowd at a TACA picnic where Barbara Walters can put her microphone (hint, it wasn’t a polite suggestion). It’s more of a “wink and a nod” now. But does anyone have a doubt as to what the “environmental trigger” Ms. McCarthy is referring to?

Ms. McCarthy is in the news for another topic: botox. In Jenny McCarthy: Botox Helps Maintain Youthful Look, ABC news had a single picture with the caption: Jenny McCarthy isn’t afraid to admit she uses botox to keep her youthful glow. McCarthy told Life & Style magazine that ‘I get Botox in my forehead. I just have my doctor do a little shot.’

Yes. Botox. From Wikipedia: “Botulinum toxin is a protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and is the most powerful neurotoxin yet discovered”

Don’t worry. She just gets “a little shot”.

11 Responses to “Jenny McCarthy, less brash but the same message”

  1. Poopsie May 1, 2012 at 14:53 #

    Jenny has been replaced by Autism Barbie.

    Autism Barbie will be accessorized with ten pairs of shoes (not for wearing, but for lining up), a fashionable, Autism Barbie Alert bracelet to prevent her from wandering away, videotapes of her talking, playing and meeting all her milestones just before a “well-baby” visit, and a lifetime supply of diapers.

    Autism Barbie loves to rock – her favorite stim!

    Every Autism Barbie is packaged with four Autism Kens and is also available with complete Team Barbie: Speech and Language Therapist Barbie, Occupatonal Therapist Barbie, Social Skills Therapist Barbie, ABA Therapist Barbie, Special Ed Teacher Barbie, Aid Barbie, Stupid Useless Doctor Barbie, Wonderful Biomed Doctor Barbie, Ignorant Stranger Barbie, Denialist Pharma Shill Barbie…and more!

    The CDC is mandating the doll be marketed as Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism Barbie.

    A limited edition of 5000 Autism Barbie and Autism Ken dolls will come with their very own certificate from the Vaccine Safety Compensation Institute, rubber stamped: “No compensation for autism!”

    Other autism toys from Mattel:

    -Toilet that really flushes – filled with realistic one billion dollars spent on genetic research for autism.

    -Child-size revolving door for pretend play – first you’re a CDC director, then you’re president of Merck’s vaccine division! Julie Gerberding autograph model.

    -Dr. Paul Offit voodoo doll complete with hypodermic needles loaded with the 10,000 vaccines he says a baby can handle.

    -Seth Mnookin Twitter puppet repeats everything Dr. Offit says.

    -Topsy Turvy Trine Tsouderos doll is a food journalist, but when you flip her upside down, she’s a science journalist! Comes with cupcake recipes and authentic-looking award.

    – Ari Ne’eman the High Functioning Autistic doll talks, walks and self-advocates while ignoring lower functioning Autism Barbie. Looks so real! Accessorized with neckties.

    – Grinker the Stinker, Epidemic Denial doll, claims no increase based on garbage studies – includes garbage can that really reaks!

    – Garrulous Gorski and his gang of bendable bloggers contort into almost any position to defend the vaccine industry.

    -Pretty, poseable Geraldine Dawson, Chief Science Officer of Autism Speaks doll poses as bff to the autism community, then watch her flip-flop for Pharma! Holds her breath til you turn blue. Throw money at her to make her smile again. Pull her string and she says “Change the conversation.” Comes with glitzy Manhattan office, fat paycheck and gobs ‘n gobs of pharma funding.

    So chic! So cool! So cute! Just like autism! Come on, celebrate it!

    • Sullivan May 1, 2012 at 18:12 #


      I see once again the Age of Autism blog thinks they need to advertise here. Funny how it was so obvious that the comment was lifted from somewhere else. A quick google search and there it is, AoA.

      Thanks for reminding me that there is so little valuable information on that blog. Heck, their satire is even strained and boring.

  2. Julian Frost May 1, 2012 at 16:35 #

    There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic. I know there is an environmental trigger that they won’t agree with right now but time will tell.

    She knows there is an environmental trigger, does she? It’s an epidemic, not the case that Autism was always underdiagnosed in the past?
    That degree from Google U. has not served her well.

  3. Science Mom May 1, 2012 at 18:05 #

    The biggest hurdle is the CDC not recognizing it as an epidemic. There is no such thing as a genetic epidemic.

    A.) It isn’t an epidemic but then again, she’s not anything resembling an epidemiologist. And B.) Yes, there can be a “genetic epidemic” but her head would explode if someone tried to explain epigenetics to Ms. Playboy Pin-up.

    I know there is an environmental trigger that they won’t agree with right now but time will tell.

    AKA, “I know it’s teh vaxxeenes.” Why should anyone with the requisite background “agree” to an environmental exposure that has been examined and isn’t associated with autism? Honestly, how can anyone take her seriously while dismissing global experts? I can’t fathom that level of cognitive dissonance.

  4. Science Mom May 1, 2012 at 19:01 #

    Sullivan, the more ridiculed and less relevant they become, the more desperate their attempts to be relevant become. It’s been said many times but they aren’t interested in autism aetiologies or evidence-based therapies/treatments. It will always be the vaccines for them; too much ego, money and identity are wrapped up in vaccinesdidit for acceptance of anything else.

  5. Sharon Morris May 1, 2012 at 23:18 #

    I hear through the grapevine Jenny’s son did an intensive ABA program. Why does that never seem to get a mention….?

    • Sullivan May 1, 2012 at 23:33 #

      Jenny McCarthy discusses the program in her book. She self-funded the program. She likely spent over $200k on it (based on number of years, cost of therapists in California, and hours/week)

  6. Sharon Morris May 2, 2012 at 04:44 #

    Oh thanks. Of course Iv’e never suffered through the books, and have not seen the hard yards of therapy acknowledged as contributing to his progress before.

    • Sullivan May 2, 2012 at 05:10 #

      The hard work her kid did is definitely downplayed.

  7. Saraquill May 3, 2012 at 16:03 #

    (sarcasm) How very kind of Poopsie to insult large swathes of people in one fell swoop…(end sarcasm) Hopefully that person is not a self-proclaimed “advocate.”

  8. lilady May 3, 2012 at 20:18 #

    Jenny McCarthy less strident, you say? Is this the new Jenny, who would never use her child to revive her fading-fast career as a D-List Celebrity?

    How about Jenny’s endless “tweets”…including the “tweets” from the hospital where her son was being treated for a seizure?

    (sarcasm) Thanks “poopsie” for depositing AoA’s poop here.

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