Jenny McCarthy And Autism: Why Are People Irrationally Mad At Her Over Kristin Cavallari’s Choice?

Jenny McCarthy
Jenny McCarthy's son, Evan, who she had with ex-husband John Mallory Asher, has autism. Her bibliography includes books on being a parent to a child who has autism. Some of her words have landed her in hot water, however. She's come under fire for claiming that vaccines have something to do with causing autism. Whether vaccines do, in fact, cause autism has become a hotly-debated issue. Reuters

Kristin Cavallari said she will not vaccinate her son and many people then turned to Jenny McCarthy and slammed her on Twitter. Does that sound at all bizarre?  

McCarthy hasn’t been shy about saying she thinks there’s a correlation between Autism and vaccinations. In fact, the blonde Hollywood bombshell, 41, has been very vocal about it; so much so that people who are pro-vaccines were generally upset when she became a part of “The View” because they thought she was going to use the platform to condemn the Measles Mumps and Rubella (MMR) shot.

But she hasn’t. McCarthy only recently brought up the topic of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) when her son Evan, who was diagnosed with ASD, was rumored to have been mislabeled.

That was back in January, but she was drudged into the mix after Kristin Cavallari and her husband, Jay Cutler, made the choice to not have their 18-month-old son vaccinated out of fear of ASD. People become outraged and metaphorically threw pitchforks at McCarthy over Cavallari and Cutler’s decision.

The celebrity couple never cited McCarthy as their inspiration for their choice not to get their son Camden vaccinated. "I've read too many books about autism," Cavallari, 27, told the Huffington Post on Friday. "There is a pediatric group called Home First. They've never vaccinated any of their children and they've never had one case of autism. And now, one in 88 boys is autistic, which is a really scary statistic."

It’s unclear why there’s so much misplaced anger at McCarthy. During her interview, Cavallari added she believes there is a correlation between vaccinations and Autism and she’d rather not take a chance. “Autism wasn’t prevalent -- like it is now -- years ago, so something is going on, whether it’s the chemicals in our food or the vaccines,” she said. “Something is happening, and we can’t really ignore that. I choose to believe that I think it’s in the vaccines but, again, to each their own and that’s where I stand on it.”

It’s not to say that Cavallari didn’t receive any harsh criticism for her choice to speak out about vaccinations and Autism; there were plenty of naysayers slamming her choice and judging the way she is choosing to parent. But strangely many people though the brunt of criticism and blame at McCarthy. 

Check out some of the harsh tweets below:

Even Mara Wilson, the actress who is best known as "Matilda" took the opportunity to comment.

McCarthy, probably unknowingly, opened up the floodgates when she posed #JennyAsks question about what people look for in a mate on Thursday.

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