People are really up in arms about Jenny McCarthy coming to sit at the big girls table on The View. First of all, I am going to go out on a limb here and say that she was not hired to sit there and spew any kind of anti-vaccine agenda. She was hired because she has brings something unique to the table, not to mention that she is beautiful, well spoken, funny, likeable, (yes, likeable) and because she has strong opinions.
She has opinions about vaccinations and many other topics too. And she is perfectly entitled to them. She has done hours upon hours (upon hours) of research on the topic, whether other people agree with her conclusions or not. None of us live with her or her son. None of us can speak to her personal experiences, or those of anyone else for that matter.
Having been a playmate or on MTV does not disqualify her from becoming an educated adult and parent, as some have indicated. If you made any questionable decisions in college, does that disqualify you from doing whatever it is that you are doing today? Does it make you any less qualified to decide whether or not you want to home-school your child, send your child to daycare, feed your child high fructose corn syrup, or vaccinate your child? No, it does not.
Personally I agree that vaccinating children has saved many, many lives and I believe that if we could get vaccines in third world countries we could save countless more. This is what has led me to be a proponent of Shot at Life. Children around the world could benefit so enormously if they had access to vaccines.
Yet I also believe that medicine in general needs to become substantially more personalized. For example, with information about a person’s genetic resistance and DNA they can potentially know what an individual’s body can handle before pumping vaccinations, antibiotics, or any other chemicals into their systems. That is just my opinion (and we are a long way off from that becoming a reality anyway), just like you may have your opinion and Jenny McCarthy may have her opinion.
People think Jenny McCarthy is dangerous. I don’t see it that way at all. She has done tons of research on the topic and has the means to get her findings to the public so that they can make more informed choices for their children. She is trying to help in her own way. It is up to us as parents to determine what is best for our families. It is always up to us.
Getting back to The View, let’s give her a chance to sit at the table and show us what she is made of before we rip her to shreds, shall we? After all, how many people thought that a Survivor contestant not far out of college would have been at that table for a decade, not to mention a best-selling author or a co-host on Fox & Friends? And while we are on that topic, does having been a contestant on Survivor make Elisabeth Hasselbeck any more qualified to write a book about being gluten-free than it Jenny McCarthy for writing a book about her experience with her son. No, it does not. Nor does it make a talk show host more qualified to become the founder of an all-girls school in Africa, or a former actor the President of the United States. People change. They grow up and they learn, either from experience, from research or from a combination of the two.
I, for one, think Jenny McCarthy was a terrific choice. (You may disagree. After all, we are talking about being entitled to opinions here, right?) Having been around since 1997, who knows how much longer viewers will be able to, “take some time to enjoy The View.” Let’s give Jenny McCarthy a chance to enjoy her seat at the table.