Why We Need to Chill About Jenny McCarthy

Yesterday, it was formally announced that controversial television personality Jenny McCarthy would be replacing Joy Behar on the upcoming season of The View.  The backlash against the casting choice began almost immediately–many are fearing that McCarthy will use the panel show to spread her views on not vaccinating children.


jenny-mccarthy-2-300There is basis to this fear–many hold McCarthy personally responsible for the decline in vaccinations and rise of diseases as she was very publicly spreading the word of a debunked report that certain vaccinations are the cause for the rise of Autism in children, as her son was diagnosed with the disorder. She has also been claiming that her son has been cured of the incurable and complex disorder thanks to a gluten free diet and chelation therapy. It’s totally justified that people that people are questioning her position on a panel show.


However, there are other things to consider here–firstly, who made Jenny McCarthy the voice of God? Who decided that she was the be all and end all when it comes to Autism and the various treatments some use to manage it? Second of all, The View is not known for having a concrete team of respectable journalists outside of Barbara Walters, Meredith Vieira and Lisa Ling. Departing panelist Elisabeth Hasselbeck first got national recognition as a contestant on Survivor. Joy Behar is a comedian. Whoopi Goldberg is an EGOT-winning actress. I could go on. I’m not trying to discredit their intelligence (although Sherri Shepherd admitted on air that she thought the Earth was flat,) but come on. You can’t take The View that seriously. It’s notMeet the Press or Face the Nation.


“But Kathleen, many people listen to her! She’s written books about pregnancy and raising children that were big sellers! By having her on The View, more children will lose their lives, oh, it’s horrible!” Okay. This is not the worst thing that has ever happened. I actually think that it may be good to have her on the panel, provide another point of (forgive the pun) view. While her argument against vaccines is ill informed, she does have a right to present it. The other panelists on The View have the right to challenge her, and bring on specialists that can refute her dangerous claims. Again, she is not the be all and end all when it comes to Autism and treatments, she is just the most vocal.


Honestly, I think McCarthy was just passionate about the anti vaccine thing and decided to be vocal. She honestly thought she was doing other families with Autistic children a favor, being a crusader and trying to stop a very, very complex disorder that not many seem to fully understand.  I don’t think her intentions are the worst; although she should do more research before using her status as a celebrity to bring it into the limelight. Also, I can’t stress this enough–she got her start as Playmate of the Year (1993) and was the co-host of a dating show on MTV where she would pick her nose and belch into the microphone. Again, not trying to discredit her intelligence, but let’s put things into perspective. The woman is not a doctor.


So what do you think? Should McCarthy not be allowed on The View, or is this just a case of Helen Lovejoy-ism?


Health, News

Environmental Group Finds Carcinogen in Pepsi

On Wednesday, the Center for Environmental Health revealed that Pepsi’s caramel coloring still poses a risk to consumers due to a high levels of a carcinogenic known as 4-methylimidazole, or 4-Mel.

4-Mel can be formed after certain foods are cooked, so many foods may contain the carcinogen, even in trace amounts. So why is this shocking? The news of the finding comes not long after Coca-Cola and Pepsi agreed to reformulate their drinks in compliance with a new California law stipulating that certain drinks with high carcinogen levels come with a warning label.

Coke has removed the caramel coloring that contains 4-Mel from all their beverages, not just ones sold in California. However, while Pepsi is compliant with the law in California, drinks sold outside of California were found to contain levels of 4-Mel some four to eight times higher.

This is bull–okay, so Pepsi is being responsible and complying with a law in California, but the rest of the country can drink beverages containing a carcinogen that’s been linked to cancer? I’m not saying that Coca-Cola is a pure and wonderful company (I was involved with the Campaign to Stop Killer Coke in college; Coke’s corporate practices are unbelievably messed up) but you have to admit that they’re being smart and realizing that there is a reason California put that law into effect–to give consumers choices and allow them to protect their health. Why it hasn’t spread to the rest of the country, I don’t know.

Then again, are we to be surprised that a company that added an artificial sweetener that’s 200x sweeter than sugar to it’s diet formula would do the bare minimum when it comes to corporate responsibility, caring more about profits than the well being of their consumers?

What’s your take, LivLunatics? Do you think Coke is smearing their competition, or should the California law spread to the rest of the country?