On Thursday, The View co-host host Jenny McCarthy asked her 1.13 million Twitter followers: “What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using #JennyAsks.”
As The Daily Beast reports, “Twitter had one overwhelming response in mind: Someone who isn’t anti-vaccination like you, Jenny.” McCarthy was inundated by tweets from people slamming her for her very public stance against child vaccines.
Somebody who gets that refusing vaccines because of ‘toxins’ and then shilling for e-cigs makes you a pathetic hypocrite #JennyAsks
— Becky (@KiwiLawBird) March 15, 2014
McCarthy has pointed mostly to anecdotal evidence by parents in her assertions that giving children vaccines — particularly within too short a timespan — could lead to autism. Some parents reacted by choosing not to inoculate their kids for fear of triggering autism, which activists believe may have contributed to the current measles outbreak in New York City. Her own son was diagnosed with autism in 2005.
— Mike Rothschild (@rothschildmd) March 15, 2014
My ideal partner understands that ‘doing my own research!!1!’ isn’t cherry picking blurbs from blogs. #JennyAsks
— Kellie Bauman (@KellieRyanB) March 15, 2014
Using what is considered bad PR strategy, McCarthy has thus far ignored the criticism and has instead tried to change the subject. On Friday, she tweeted: “Tune into #bluebloods on #cbs at 10pm EST to see the reason why I jog on a treadmill everyday. #hotdetective Danny… of course.”
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