I realize I’m a bit late on this, but it’s hard not to take the antivaccine movement’s icon and apply her own misinformation about vaccines being “toxins” injected into the bloodstream against her. In fact, doing so is far more justified, given that last week she was quoted in an interview as singing paeans of praise to one of the most deadly poisons known to humankind: Botulinum toxin. See:
I think plastic surgery is fun if it makes you feel good. I’m all for looking better, so I plan on doing whatever I want when the time comes. I love Botox, I absolutely love it. I get it minimally, so I can still move my face. But I really do think it’s a savior.
The irony is delicious.
After all, antivaccine macher J.B. Handley has willingly allowed Jenny McCarthy to supplant his position in his own organization, Generation Rescue, which has recently been rebranded as “Jenny McCarthy’s Autism Organization.” Given that Jenny McCarthy has repeatedly characterized vaccines as full of “poisons,” so much so that that has become a standard antivaccinationist trope, I have to wonder: Does Generation Rescue now support injecting poisons into skin and muscle? If not, why not? And before anyone points out that Botox doesn’t get into the bloodstream, I point out that vaccines are not “injected into the bloodstream” either, but that doesn’t stop the antivaccine movement from characterizing intramuscular injections that way.
In any case, it’s pretty hard for the most famouse spokeswoman for the antivaccine movement on the one hand to claim that vaccines are full ot “toxins” (an antivaccinationist lie, of course, but it is the Official Antivaccine Propaganda line) and decry injecting them into children, while at the same time singing the praises of injecting a toxin far worse than even mercury into her skin. To her, injecting babies and children with vaccines that prevent many horrific dieseases and have saved more lives in the history of medicine than any other medical intervention ever devised by physicians is scary and horrible because of her irrational fear that it somehow causes autism, but injecting an incredibly lethal toxin into her face to keep her from looking old is not only hunky dory but a “savior,” as is having plastic surgery. Apparently McCarthy actually does implicitly understand the dictum that the “dose makes the poison” for Botox. Why can’t she understand that the dictum applies to formaldehyde, mercury, and all the other horrific “toxins” she fears in vaccines?
This is the intellectual face of the antivaccine movement? This is the best they could come up with? After all, earlier in the same interview, she says:
Since the increase in the number of vaccinations, there has been an increase in autism. I can understand why the other side won’t admit to it, because they’re afraid of all of these deadly diseases coming back and people not vaccinating [their children]. But right now, you’ve got a 1 in 84 chance of a boy having autism. Those numbers, to me, are a lot scarier than my kid getting the chicken pox. And that’s where I get so upset with people thinking that I am part of an antivaccine group. Everyone is missing the point here. It is: Slow down the vaccines, pick the ones that are the most important to you, and clean out the horrible ingredients that are still in there.
Jenny, you are part of an antivaccine group. Period. In fact, you are its public face. You are also too dumb to understand that correlation does not equal causation. We’ve had an enormous increase in the use of the Internet since the early 1990s. Hey, maybe Internet use causes autism! So be as “upset” as you like; I don’t care. The truth hurts, and I keep hoping against hope that through pain comes wisdom.
I realize that I probably hope in vain.