Jenny McCarthy has gotten a lot of criticism in her day for being an idiot and saying stupid shit, like how vaccinations cause autism and all that. But now, apparently she didn’t mean it like that and wishes everyone would stop saying she’s anti-vaccine.
As she wrote in the Chicago Sun Times,
I am not “anti-vaccine.” This is not a change in my stance nor is it a new position that I have recently adopted. For years, I have repeatedly stated that I am, in fact, “pro-vaccine” and for years I have been wrongly branded as “anti-vaccine.”
My beautiful son, Evan, inspired this mother to question the “one size fits all” philosophy of the recommended vaccine schedule. I embarked on this quest not only for myself and my family, but for countless parents who shared my desire for knowledge that could lead to options and alternate schedules, but never to eliminate the vaccines.
Blatantly inaccurate blog posts about my position have been accepted as truth by the public at large as well as media outlets (legitimate and otherwise), who have taken those false stories and repeatedly turned them into headlines. What happened to critical thinking? What happened to asking questions because every child is different?
For my child, I asked for a schedule that would allow one shot per visit instead of the multiple shots they were and still are giving infants.
I am passionate about important conversations on how we can improve health care for our children and generations to come. This is an extremely important discussion and I am dumbfounded that these conversations are discounted and negated because the answers are not black or white. Again I ask, what happened to critical thinking?
The column goes on from there and is well worth the read. To be fair, if indeed she’s been severely misquoted, that’s fine and well. Or, if she’s come to her senses and realized she was SEVERELY misinformed before, that’s even better. Either way, the sooner people stop spouting bullshit like this, the better.