Toronto Public Health Urges ABC To Fire Jenny McCarthy
Looks like I’m in good company when it comes to thinking Jenny McCarthy’s new job on The View is a very dangerous choice for the talk show audience that still tunes in.
When news broke the other week that Jenny McCarthy, the vocal anti-vaccine spokesperson, had been slated to join the cast this fall, response was swift. Headlines echoed my sentiment that it’s nothing but bad news, a ploy for ratings, and a direct risk to public health.
Earlier this week, Toronto Public Health made a plea to ABC to fire her before she even starts. She’s been called a menace.
And now, an official petition has been launched on Change.org to see her removed, and has garnered almost 10,000 signatures.
“Because Jenny McCarthy constitutes a danger to public health and promotes long-disproven ideas, we urge ABC and the producers at The View to consider a different candidate. Giving Jenny McCarthy a regular, large platform is irresponsible, but turning her away would demonstrate that ABC is a science-savvy company that cares about the health and well-being of our communities and our children,” the call to action begins.
What follows is a letter, written to ABC executives, asking for her immediate dismissal:
Bill Geddie, Executive Producer, The View
Donald Berman, Talent Producer, The View
Jenny McCarthy has long been the celebrity spokeswoman for the long-debunked and dangerous theory that vaccines cause autism.
Among her statements:
“If you ask 99.9 percent of parents who have children with autism if we'd rather have the measles versus autism, we'd sign up for the measles.” She fails to mention, of course, that children die from measles, but they do not die from autism. Also, since the MMR vaccine has been exonerated as a cause of autism, parents simply do not need to choose. All children, autistic or not, deserve protection against this dangerous and potentially deadly disease. We object not only to her endangering the lives of children but also to her promoting a fear of autism. Jenny McCarthy has actively promoted chelation therapy as a “cure” for autism (a neurological difference with no cure). Chelation therapy is ineffective in treating autism, expensive, and dangerous, having killed children with autism. [http://www.autismsciencefoundation.org/what-is-autism/autism-diagnosis/beware-non-evidence-based-treatments]
Because Jenny McCarthy constitutes a danger to public health and promotes long-disproven ideas, we urge ABC and the producers at The View to consider a different candidate to replace Joy Behar. Giving Jenny McCarthy a regular, large platform is irresponsible, but turning her away would demonstrate that ABC is a science-savvy company that cares about the health and well-being of our communities and our children.
Say what you want about the relevance of that show. Argue that no one watches it anymore or that people shouldn’t put any weight into what any of these talking heads have to say. The reality is that this woman has had very significant role in the outbreaks of preventable diseases. In fact, an outbreak of measles reported just this week can be directly attributed to people who believe what Jenny McCarthy says.
Whether or not naysayers are correct that the onus should be on the people who listen to her, and not on Jenny McCarthy herself, the reality is that people do listen to her and believe her and chose not to vaccinate their children because they believe vaccines are poison, because of her.
Someone commented on my blog last week that she’ll trust Jenny McCarthy’s word over mine. Problem is, it’s not me saying vaccines are safe. It’s science.
And there in-lies the problem. People believe Jenny McCarthy.
ABC won’t listen to my small voice. They likely don’t care what Toronto Public Health has to say either. But hopefully, they hear the 10,000 strong and growing voices who say she is a danger to society and to the health of our families and needs to be fired. Immediately.
Related: What is The View Thinking?
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