(Someone is as shocked by that headline as I am.)
Meghan McCain might be a bland potato salad full of nepotism and rank hypocrisy, but when it comes to vaccinating your damn kids, she’s surprisingly on the right side of science, which doesn’t always happens. For example, when Meghan says late-term abortion is a thing when it’s not. At all.
Dear anti-vaxers, your stupidity and arrogance are putting the lives of children in danger! It is nothing short of abominable. https://t.co/RFCQv4UOkf— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) April 19, 2019
Fun fact: I actually didn’t know that Meghan was pro-vaccines until I saw her disastrous interview with Seth Meyers where he made it a point to commend her stance on not bringing back goddamn illnesses from The Oregon Trail. Which brings us to Jessica Biel, who I hoped was going to be a topic on The View this morning, but I guess I’ll have to settle for Meghan retweeting jokes about her.
If you haven’t been following the Biel debacle, she essentially outed herself as an anti-vaxxer by joining forces with Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to stop California bill SB 276, which would essentially clamp down on bullsh*t medical exemptions — emphasis on bullsh*t — that are causing measles outbreaks all over the country. The problem was getting especially bad in California with its hot pockets of celebrities and assorted crunchy rubes who love them some pseudo-science.
After California eliminated personal belief exemptions in 2015, suddenly more families were filing medical exemptions.
Some of them were for reasons that didn’t make sense: this child shouldn’t have vaccines because she has asthma or because someone in the family has a history of autoimmune disorders. The exemptions were also sometimes signed by a person other than a pediatrician. The LA Times reported that one form was signed by someone at a medical marijuana dispensary, and that some doctors were advertising medical exemptions for a fee. Kaiser Health News reports that some schools have “biologically unlikely numbers of medical exemptions,” and that doctors are clearly writing exemptions that are out of touch with CDC guidelines.
Obviously, Biel was met with severe backlash on social media, as she should be, and I want to take a second to highlight this tweet by Molly Hodgdon who predicted exactly what would happen next.
Anti-vaxxers rarely admit to being anti-vaxxers. I'm sure she'll come out with a statement like "To be clear, I am not anti-vaccine. But after doing my own research I just think that (garbled heap of debunked, fear-mongering anti-vax talking points).https://t.co/mYdpJQjajU— Molly Hodgdon (@Manglewood) June 13, 2019
Sure enough, by Thursday morning, Biel posted a statement on Instagram that claims she’s not an anti-vaxxer, she just happens to be completely fine with spouting false information about a pro-vaccination bill.
My dearest friends have a child with a medical condition that warrants an exemption from vaccinations, and should this bill pass, it would greatly affect their family’s ability to care for their child in this state.
This is in no uncertain terms horsesh*t. Legitimate medical exemptions, which are a thing and why herd immunity rates are a key component of vaccinations, are absolutely protected by SB2 76. What isn’t protected is when a celebrity like, oh I dunno, Jessica Biel goes doctor shopping because a physician dared to recommend a routine vaccine schedule for her precious child that would protect him and every person he comes in contact with. Not on her watch. He might get the autism! (Narrator voice: He won’t.) Surprisingly, that detail was conveniently left out of her little Instagram statement, but not from the memories of legislative staffers who were present for Biel’s lobbying visit. Whoops.
The staffer also said that Biel seemed to indicate she’d then visited multiple doctors to find one who was comfortable with her preference: “She practically admitted to doctor shopping, which SB 276 is trying to prevent. She said she wants safe vaccines and mentioned ‘corporations’ a lot.”
At that point, the rest of the group Biel was with, the staffer wrote, including RFK Jr., “tried to pivot away from the doctor shopping piece, talking about how vaccines are both dangerous and ineffective at the same time. They kept mentioning these people who don’t develop antibodies from vaccines. They also mentioned a gene associated with vaccine injuries, and when I looked it up, I could only find it on these anti-vax sites.”
Wow. So Jessica Biel is clearly an anti-vaxxer, which makes her more of a public menace than John McCain’s daughter who will at least vaccinate her future platoon of Aryan forced birthers as they come storming out of her. I mean, sure, our political discourse will be wrecked even more than it already is, but we won’t be walking around with iron lungs. That’s technically a win. But for Chrissakes, the McCain-Domenechs are over here funding The goddamn Federalist, so literally all the Biel-Timberlakes had to do was not stand around trying to ward off polio with St. John’s Wort, and they couldn’t even pull that off. One job. You had one job.
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