Wednesday, November 13, 2013

being told to throw my hands up in the air

I'm getting a little tired of people using Jenny McCarthy's Playmate "credentials" as a reason to discredit her anti-vaccine stance.  How is that any different from Sarah Michelle Gellar, an actress, telling us that we should vaccinate?  How is an actress inherently any more qualified than a Playmate to advise the nation on health issues?  Jenny McCarthy's advice is wrong (and dangerous) because it's wrong, not because she's either a willing or unwitting participant in the objectification of women.  Call her a sellout if you want, but you can't say that her opinions about vaccines are wrong because she's a big-breasted blonde.  There are plenty of big-breasted blondes out there who still vaccinate their kids, and plenty of flat-chested brunettes who don't.  What if a big-breasted blonde is telling us to brush and floss--should we ignore her because no one can be both buxom and correct?  How can we say to not take advice from celebrities on one hand, and then turn around and ask Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jeff Gordon to shill for pro-vaccine?  Eloi and Morlocks alike have access to both incorrect and correct information.  How about if instead we say don't take advice from people who are wrong? Seems simpler to me.

This article and some of its comments were what prompted me to say this.  I agree with the sentiment, but when you cite science as the reason we should vaccinate, you can't use such an unscientific basis as a history of nudie pics for dismissing your opponent.


Marsha said...

Hear, hear! Ad hominem arguments are dumb, anyway, and negating the opinion of a person because what her body looks like is not a secret is irrational. Can't we just stick with analyzing the thoughts and ideas themselves?

tipsybaker said...

Well said, Layne.

All8 said...

Everyone has an opinion, it's just funny how easy it is to think fame equals importance. Unfortunately, fame also means that they have connections to spread their opinions as opposed to everyone else.

I have a friend that doesn't immunize, I hope that she's at least cognizant that everyone else keeps her children safe here in the mid-west. She believes that immunization causes autism, which is a whole other can of worms.

beckster said...

There you go again, Layne, trying to be logical in a world that relies on celebrity. Maybe if you tweeted it, it would make an impact?