Jenny McCarthy walked right into a Twitter hate-fest last week when she posted a question to her followers: "What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate?"
The actress and former model was promptly slammed on social media as word spread about her post and people took the opportunity to bring up her anti-vaccination stance.
— John Rael (@SkepticallyPwnd) March 14, 2014
McCarthy is still getting slammed on the micro-blogging site this morning:
“@JennyMcCarthy: What a beautiful day... ~Not if you're dead because your parents listened to Jenny McCarthy & didn't vaccinate you.
— Rah (@francosoup) March 17, 2014
But one of her latest tweets suggests that she's not paying too much attention to her critics, which has angered many more in itself:
Thank you to all the haters who tweet my name. You make my Q SCORE higher and higher. It's because of you I continue to work. Thank you! : )
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) March 17, 2014
McCarthy has stood by her belief for years that her son Evan's autism was caused by his vaccinations and has spoken out against vaccines ever since. Her conclusion that the two are linked came from a paper written by Andrew Wakefield, which has been discredited due to fraudulent research and the fact that no other scientist agrees with his findings. However, she still sticks by her beliefs and has written books on the subject, causing many to question whether they should let their children receive vaccines. Some of her 1.1. million followers took to Twitter over the weekend to defend her.
@JennyMcCarthy don't bother or waste your energy with haters, you can't please everybody!
— Liza (@bori217) March 17, 2014