Jenny McCarthy has definitely rubbed a substantial number of Twitter users the wrong way over the past few days. A number of users have even taken the time to express their disdain.
It all started on Thursday, Mar. 13 when McCarthy tweeted a harmless question for her 1.13 million Twitter followers. She asked, "What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate?"
The tweet also instructed everyone to reply using the hashtag #AskJenny. It's definitely safe to say some of the answers weren't very nice. Her question actually prompted a barrage of responses in reference to her thoughts on vaccines.
What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using #JennyAsks
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) March 13, 2014
"Somebody who gets that refusing vaccines because of 'toxins' and then shilling for e-cigs makes you a pathetic hypocrite," one user tweeted. Another person told McCarthy, "Someone who doesn't spread false info causing disease." One person even went so far as to blame her opinion for the resurgence of the measles in New York City.
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
My mate knows that anti-vax catastrophizing rhetoric& fearmongering hurts Autistic people like us IN ADDITION TO killing children #JennyAsks
— Divergent Swarm (@DivergentSwarm) March 15, 2014
— Seth Mnookin (@sethmnookin) March 15, 2014
However, the View co-host has since offered some clarity in regards to her perspective. The publication reports that while she and the autism community are "not anti-vaccine per se," they are undoubtedly "anti-toxin and anti-schedule."
In 2008, McCarthy posed a question in reference the topic during an interview with Larry King. She asked, "Isn't it ironic, in 1983 there were 10 shots and now there's 36 and the rise of autism happened at the same time?"
"We need to get rid of the toxins, the mercury—which I am so tired of everyone saying it's been removed. It has not been removed from the shots." However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a contrasting conclusion, which revealed that "in the 2012-2013 season, 90 percent of children who died from the flu had not been vaccinated."
McCarthy waited until the dust settled before she responded to the bashing tweets. "Thank you to all the haters who tweet my name. You make my Q SCORE higher and higher," she tweeted. "It's because of you I continue to work. Thank you!"
Image via Jenny McCarthy, Facebook