Is Jenny McCarthy a danger to the world?

You know what my answer to this question would be. But what about puppet Steve Colbert’s answer? He disagrees. Or does he:

“Now sure, she’s not the kind of expert who relies on facts and figures….She knows what she feels is true. She’s that kind of expert.”


Oh, damn. PZ beat me to this. Damn it, making fun of Jenny McCarthy and antivaccinationists is my turf on ScienceBlogs!


  1. #1 rpenner
    November 29, 2008

    Orac pulls a shiv on PZ. “You _have_ been properly vaccinated against Tetanus, right?”

  2. #2 Kat
    November 29, 2008

    I am a mother of child with autism, and I’m going to strangle the next well-wisher that assures me there will be a cure because of the hard work and research of people like Jenny McCarthy. I sent this video to all of them and posted it everywhere 🙂 Thanks! Sometimes satire (and, it would seem, especially when done well by puppets) really just drives the point home. Thanks!

  3. #3 MarkH
    November 29, 2008

    I like how they even got Colbert’s goofy right ear on the puppet. That’s attention to detail.

  4. #4 Orac
    November 29, 2008


  5. #5 Brian Hogg
    November 29, 2008

    Thanks! The Colbert puppet took a while to build, but he turned out really well, I think.

  6. #6 spudbeach
    November 29, 2008

    As a big fan of the Colbert Report, this video was a treat. Just like the original, this took just a bit of brainpower to see that he means exactly the opposite of what he says. Fortunately, it’s such a small bit of brainpower that even the anti-vaxers can figure it out.

    I wonder if this will get mentioned on the actual Colbert Report.

  7. #7 Bronze Dog
    November 29, 2008

    Yeah, you did an excellent job all around. I hope the real one notices and approves.

  8. #8 Kristjan Wager
    November 30, 2008

    Off-topic, but Egnor has responded to you

  9. #9 Mario
    November 30, 2008

    @Kristjan Wager

    And Egnor does not fail to deliver the goods! Again.
    Reading that cost me more neurons than the loads of beer and whiskey I had last night.

  10. #10 Hamster Oil
    November 30, 2008

    Nice work to the folks.

    Spat out my tea at: “… because she looked good enough naked for one guy to stick it to her.”

  11. #11 The Blind Watchmaker
    November 30, 2008


  12. #12 Alison
    December 11, 2008

    I’ve read multiple accounts by Jenny McCarthy about her son’s autism diagnosis. I don’t for one minute believe that he is or was ever autistic. Why doesn’t anyone question this?

  13. #13 Militant Agnostic
    December 12, 2008

    Because she’s a mom and not just a mom, but a WARRIOR MOM.

  14. #14 Jennyj0
    December 29, 2008

    @ Alison,

    I do. We have only ms McCarthy’s word for her son’s autism it seems. I would very much like to know who made the diagnosis and on what grounds this was.
    It reminds me of all the people who were diagnosed with terminal cancer and have happily cured themselves with alternative therapy only – so they say. The problem is we never get to see their medical file with the original diagnosis so we’ll just have to believe them solely on their word. Frankly, I see no reason to do that. The same goes for ms McCarthy.

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