Both Jenny McCarthy and Amanda Peet have expressed their very different views on childhood vaccinations and are now raging a war in the press.
Jenny, whose 6-year-old son is autistic, is against childhood vaccines because she believes there is a correlation between the shots and the impairment.
Amanda, who has a toddler as well, is the spokesperson for Every Child By Two, a group sponsored by big pharma that wants all kids vaccinated by age two. She labeled anti-vaccine parents as “parasites” in a recent interview with Cookie magazine.
The article reignited sparks in what’s been a lengthy debate over whether or not vaccines are in fact linked to autism.
Responding in Spectrum magazine, Jenny said, “I am so proud to be a ‘parasite.'”
And even though Amanda later apologized for using the word “parasite,” that has not quieted her critics.
“She did not apologize for what she said, she just apologized for the term ‘parasite,'” said Amy Pisani, executive director of Every Child By Two. “We aren’t here to talk about Jenny McCarthy or to argue about Jenny McCarthy. Amanda is just trying to give people access to the scientific information so they can make an informed decision about vaccinating a child, just as she did.”
“She (Peet) has a lot of [nerve] to come forward and be on that side, because there is an angry mob on my side, and I like the fact that I can say she’s completely wrong,” Jenny told Spectrum magazine.
“I look at (Peet) now and say to myself, ‘That was me before I had autism in my life,’ and until she walks in our shoes, she really has no idea,” Jenny added.
But Jenny isn’t the only one taking a stand against Amanda. National autism advocacy group Autism United is calling for a boycott of all of the actress’s movies.
“We want to send a clear message to her,” the organization’s Executive Director John Gilmore said in a statement on Monday. “Ms. Peet’s comments are deplorable and an apology will not suffice. We applaud Jenny McCarthy’s continued efforts and for speaking up for our community.”
Childhood vaccines have rightly become suspect in recent years – especially as the number of recommended shots has grown. In 1983, the CDC recommended 23 doses of seven vaccines for kids up to age six. Today that number has climbed to 48 doses of 12 vaccines – and that doesn’t even count the flu shot.
And it is important to keep on mind that Amanda Peet is a paid mouthpiece for big pharma.
Here’s the disclaimer for her new campaign:
Every Child By Two’s Vaccinate Your Baby campaign is made possible through an unrestricted, educational grant from sanofi pasteur.