There’s been a lot in the new recently about the decision to hire Jenny McCarthy to replace Elizabeth Hasselback on “The View”. I cant say that I’m particularly sad to see Hasselback go, as I was never a fan of her conservative “values” but the hiring of Jenny McCarthy – as has been pointed out by many – amounts to a public health nightmare.
For those of you who don’t know, McCarthy is a staunch believer that vaccines caused her son to have autism. Furthermore, she is an outspoken advocate for not vaccinating children and both encourages and supports parents who choose not to do so. McCarthy is a strong supporter of UK physician Andrew Wakefield, who published a study in 1998 showing that the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine causes autism. That very study has been discredited as a fraud, and follow up studies have disproved Wakefield’s claim. Despite evidence to the contrary, McCarthy still contends that her son became autistic due to vaccines. It’s also not clear if her son was ever autistic to begin with, but McCarthy also claims to have cured him through special diets.
Here’s the thing. It’s perfectly fine for Jenny McCarthy to have some nut-job opinion about vaccines causing autism – despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. The problem here is that people – unfortunately – listen to celebrities. Hiring McCarthy to the “The View” gives her a platform to spread her misinformation to the general public, much like it gave Hasselback a platform to openly speak about her conservative viewpoints and her longing for the return of the Bush-era. Love her or hate her, Hasselback represented one of the remaining conservative voices on daytime television, but at least she didn’t pretend to be a doctor or scientist.
The truth is that vaccines save lives. In fact, vaccines will remain one of the greatest scientific and medical revolutions the world has ever seen, saving the lives of countless children and adults and reducing the burden of disease and disability. The number of children in the United States who get sick from polio, diphtheria, measles, chicken pox, tetanus, whooping cough and other vaccine-preventable illnesses is almost negligible. Smallpox has been eradicated worldwide and tremendous public health efforts are underway to eradicate the last remaining hot zones for polio. We sometimes forget these diseases even exists, and it’s getting so that the latest generation of doctors haven’t even seen some of these illness, illnesses that used to be common and sometimes kill. One only need to recall Franklin D. Roosevelt to know how disabling these diseases can be even when they don’t kill. Furthermore, vaccines not only prevent those who receive it from getting sick, but society in general benefits from what is known as “herd immunity” – the idea that once enough people in a population are vaccinated, those who do not develop immunity will also be protected, therefore protecting the larger population as a whole.
Allowing McCarthy to spread her anti-vaccine message on a heavily watched daytime show targeted to mothers is dangerous to the health of our nation’s children. James Poniewozik of TIME probably said it best. He noted in his blog, “For a show even remotely about news–and a career newswoman like Walters–to legitimize McCarthy’s dangerous anti-science because she will probably get crazy attention and ratings is irresponsible and shameful. Because persuading parents that needed vaccines cause autism isn’t just a zany, oh-no-she-didn’t opinion. It’s wrong … And the fear of vaccines doesn’t just potentially harm the children whose parents forego vaccination, but other kids as well, by threatening the ‘herd immunity’ that we rely on to protect the larger population from disease.”
Never call a bitch a bitch. Us bitches hate that.
-Sigourney Weaver as Secretary of State Elaine Barrish in “Political Animals”
I will fully admit – I have not watched Two and a Half Men in a VERY long time, long before Charlie Sheen “left” the show. But my general impression of the show from the few episodes I had seen in the past was that Angus T. Jones’s comments about the show weren’t really that far off…
What do you all think? Is Two and a Half Men trash and should viewers stop watching or is there some redeeming value to the show? Was Angus T. Jones wrong to slam the show he is on and essentially bite the hand that feeds him? Do you think he really needed to apologize?
Spoiler alert – if you are a fan and have not yet watched this past Sunday’s episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta, you may want to stop reading. But you still should anyway…
For all the fans of the RHOA out there – I’m not a fan of Kenya Moore. I quite frankly find her annoying, obnoxious, and self-centered. And while I’m not exactly on Team Cynthia – I’m kinda waiting for her to cut a b*tch and put Ms Moore in her place. I half expected Cynthia to turn to Kenya during both the Jet Girl casting and the ladies power lunch, pull a Bon Qui Qui on her and say “don’t interrupt, rude!” And I cannot wait for Ms NeNe Leakes to put girlfriend in her place where she belong – on the curb.
I have to say, I never thought I would miss having Sheree on the show so much. And then this happened on the Twatter, and I wished Sheree would check Kenya…
For those of you who have never seen the British comedy Absolutely Fabulous – well you’re missing out and this picture will mean nothing to you. And also, you should go out immediately and watch some Absolutely Fabulous (or AbFab for those in the know). There have been a few pictures floating around the internets with Patsie and Edina and the Olympics… but I quite like this one.
So as many of you know, the Olympics start today. There’s been a lot going on in England this year, and the Olympics are sure to cap off a stellar 2012 for the United Kingdom. Of course there’s been crazy press about there not being enough security forces for the games, and Grindr crashing as all of the athletes (who are supposedly not all gay… ahem) arrived in London this week.
On a lighter note, a friend posted a great drinking game for the opening ceremonies on Facebook, and I thought I would share. And lastly, a great someecard that is all too true about the United States and politics. Hope everyone enjoys the opening ceremonies tonight and the next few days of the 2012 Olympic Games.
…I will never know the answer. Because quite frankly, the situations my friends and I find ourselves in or just the ridiculous things that we say should be enough to guarantee a prime-time slot on a major network. Memo to ABC – get on this now! Between my crazy medical school friends and my current roommates – that would be a weekly 30 minutes of pure comedy. It would be like Happy Endings – but real life and unscripted.
If any of the overheard posts on the blog havent convinced you, then certainly the ones from the past two days should give you a flavor. Yes, I realize that things arent as funny if you dont hear them live. But the posts from the past two days are the direct result of hanging out with my good friend Scott.
Scott and I both started medical school in Chicago at the same time (he was at UIC while I was at Northwestern). When we met during our second year, it was like two gigantic worlds collided. Scott and I are almost the same person – even though we are kinda different. I am the product of a strongly Roman Catholic Italian family from Pittsburgh; Scott is Jewish from South Florida. We are both very white on the outside, and yet very much sassy black women on the inside. We occasionally finish each other’s sentences. And even when we dont finish each other’s sentences, someone will chime in with a witty or ridiculous comment at the end. When someone asks us to recant a story, we will often both start out with the exact same words and intonation of voice. We are both epic fans of the word “tragesty” – yes, that is the combination of tragedy and travesty. Scott’s husband Mike would often comment that Scott and I could have an entire phone conversation during which Mike only heard the following, “Mmhmm. Okayyy. You know. Gurrrl. I heard her say your momma! Heffer!” Mike would then ask what the sitch was and Scott would merely reply, “we’re going to the movies at 7, duh!”
Anyhow, enjoy the sh*t show/sitcom that is Julian and Scott by checking out some of the “overheard” posts from this weekend. And if you look back some, you’ll find others that Scott contributed to as well – circa 2007.
A few months ago, my good friend Amy told me about this new TV show for which her company had the distributing rights. Amy was incredibly excited because the show had just been picked up by the CW. I had the great fortune of viewing the pilot and first episode of the show thanks to Amy, and I have to say this looks like an awesome show.
The LA Complex previously aired in Canada in January on CTV, which describes the show as follows: “The L.A. Complex follows the lives of twenty year olds living in the same apartment complex in Los Angeles trying to make it as actors, dancers, producers and comedians. Relationships begin and end, the need to succeed is tested and all characters are pushed to their breaking points.”
Amy likes to describe it as a grittier version of Melrose Place; my hometown newspaper the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described it as a better version of Melrose Place. Personally, I think it’s Gossip Girl meets Melrose Place meets something much smuttier. Oh yeah, and The Huffington Post called it a must watch. Hopefully it will be your dirty little summer secret…
The LA Complex premieres tomorrow night (April 24th) on the CW at 9pm (8pm Central). Oh, and check out this delicious promo!!
I’m going to make a bold statement and say there are few people in this world who are neither fans of Glee nor fans of Whitney Houston. For those of you who love both Whitney and Glee, this one is for you. This coming Tuesday, the cast of Glee will be performing a homage to Ms Houston who tragically passed away not too long ago at the far too young age of 47. In typical Glee fashion, Fox has let one of the promos for Tuesday’s show leak… and features Rachel Berry (Lea Michele), Santana Lopez (Naya Rivera), Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes Jones (Amber Patrice Riley) singing a beautifully stunning and chilling acapella rendition of one of Whitney’s classic hits… How Will I Know
“closing down the Fallopes. #menopause”
- if you havent seen the show Happy Endings yet, it comes highly recommended with the justgngr stamp of approval
Adam Vinitieri and his beautiful foot scoring the winning field goal with seconds to spare on the clock.
Tom Brady…just in general.
Janet Jackson’s boob on national television.
Almost crying each time Carolina scored a touchdown with two AMAZING passes for which I wanted to kill Delhomme.
The post Super Bowl riot: Twice in 3 years, people climbing on news vans, climbing on traffic polls, girls making out and flashing, fires….nothing beats a Kenmore Square riot!