There are a few hot-button topics that send me off the rails right quick. Many people know that chief among these is the "Moon Landing Hoax". If a proponent of that nonsense brings it up to me, I have a hard time not calling them an idiot right to their face. Mostly because they are an idiot. And they have an idiot face. And idiot stuff is coming out of it.
So, I let other people handle the debunking of the Moon Hoax conspiracies. I'll handle the calling them idiots part.
The other people that are rapidly reaching the level of hate that I had once reserved solely for the Moon Hoax morons, are the Anti-Vaxxers. (They're about on par with Scientologists now.) I've always had disdain for them, but through their massive effort to (what's it called... oh yeah) KILL PEOPLE, I have come to hate them.
Let's be clear on this right here and now: Anti-Vaxxers are trying to kill babies and I think it's ok to be pissed about something like that. My more gentle readers may wish to stop here as the language is going to get a little rough and I have no intention of playing nice.
Still with me?
Jenny McCarthy is best known for two things: No, not those. I mean: being a playmate and being a stupid MTV celebrity. Now, I'm not going to take any shots at her for being a playmate, since, I happen to be pro-naked-women. I do, however, want to clarify that that particular line on one's resume only qualifies them to comment on getting naked and it's related subtopics. Nobody should be listening to her when it comes to medical advice. She's a fucking moron. She thought her baby was magic before figuring out he had autism. No shit. Magic.
A brief pause in this rant for some empathy: I feel bad for her having to struggle with having autistic child. I do. That's fucking rough. Ok. Empathy time over, now back to the topic again, what was it? Oh yeah, Jenny McCarthy is trying to kill babies. She's also ok with your kid getting Polio, by the way. In case you didn't go read that link, allow me to pull out the quote to which I am referring:
I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change and develop vaccines that are safe. If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f___ing fault that the diseases are coming back. They’re making a product that’s s___. If you give us a safe vaccine, we’ll use it. It shouldn’t be polio versus autism.
It's NOT polio vs autism, you vacuous twat, and it never has been.
Recently, the Huffington Post has been creeping up higher and higher on my shit list. During the dark days of the G.W. presidency, the HuffPo, as the kids call it, was often an entertaining read. Their liberal bias was obvious, but since we were on the same side then, I just kind of treated them as the liberal Fox News of the web. However, it has become clear that the Huffington Post has also become a bastion of anti-Science, new-age bullshit. They let the likes of Jim Carrey and Jenny McCarthy spew their dangerous anti-vaccination message and anybody who's enabling that is part of a very serious problem. (A public health problem, no less.)
This line of thought brings me to Oprah. For quite a while she's been lauding Jenny McCarthy (and Holly Robinson Peete, and other moms) for fighting against vaccines based on their "mommy instinct" that the MMR vaccine causes autism. For the record, the term "mommy instinct" should probably be called something along the lines of "desperate self-delusion" or "grasping at straws". The fact that you popped out this kid doesn't bestow upon you any special medical knowledge.
Oprah's company, Harpo (get it? get it?) Productions, has signed a deal with Jenny McCarthy to give her a show. Great. Just fucking great. As if the dangerous windbag needs another outlet, much less a nationally syndicated one.
So, I'm adding Oprah to my list of people who are trying to bring back measles, rubella, mumps, whooping cough, polio and other diseases that we've beaten. Say, did you ever hear her motto? "Live your best life," she says. That's pretty fucking funny. Enjoy your rubella-induced blindness and your polio crutches! Gee, thanks, Oprah!
You might think I am being a sensationalist or that I'm overreacting when I say that Anti-Vaxxers are trying to kill babies, but that doesn't make it untrue. Just because that's not your intent, doesn't mean that's not what you're doing. Wake the fuck up.
The Jenny McCarthy body count site reports 188836 preventable illnesses and 163 preventable deaths as of this post. Great work, Jenny. Great work.