Friday, January 3, 2014

My two cents on the "Jenny McCarthy thing"

Because now THREE people have sent me the Jenny McCarthy article asking for my thoughts, here they are.

Jenny McCarthy is NOT why we don't vaccinate. The idea that I base my kids health choices on a "celebrity" is insulting.

The article is from 2010. Why anyone cares today is beyond me, but the article has popped up on my newsfeed 100000 times.

She posted the attached tweets today, so according to her, she never lied, which is why she never apologized.

Regardless of what her kid has or doesn't, she is the mother of an unwell child. Not one of us understands what it must be like to live with her child. I actually feel for her deeply, because I know what it's like to go from specialist to specialist to try to help your child. She's a mother who has been through hell trying to do what's best for her kid in hopeless circumstances. Why people are always so quick to judge and attack is beyond me.

Mad she speaks against vaccines? GOOD. Maybe it'll get YOU to do your own research and make an informed choice one way or the other. But don't deny her struggle and jump to discredit her experience just because you disagree with her.

So yeah. The first time I was sent the article, I didn't think anything of it. But the fact that THREE PEOPLE (none parents, oddly) thought I might like to comment on it has me a bit fired up and I thought I'd publicly share the two cents everyone is so interested in.

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