Slate has an excellent article out titled Say It Ain’t So, O, which takes on Oprah’s support of celebrity vaccine denialist Jenny McCarthy, she of Playboy Playmate fame and absolutely no medical credentials whatsoever. (The one thing Slate gets wrong is calling McCarthy a “skeptic” - see the difference between a true skeptic and a denialist right here.) I’m quite a bit more disturbed by this bit of news than Dr. Offit, whose excellent book Autism’s False Prophets I’m reading right now, because Oprah’s endorsement is a golden stamp that will have millions – millions – sitting up to listen to this clueless assclown extol her ignorance en large. I know I said I’d be civil on this blog, but McCarthy deserves a forked tongue and will receive no quarter from me, because what she does kills children. Literally.
Damn her for that, and damn Oprah too, if she lends her considerable influence to this crock of nonsense.