Celebrities are slow to learn that it’s not a good idea to wear their politics on their sleeve — especially in today’s age, with a liberal media eager to celebrate those of a similar mindset.
Major League Baseball got a reminder of this Tuesday while promoting the playoffs on social media with a photo of actress Jenny McCarthy, who’s the poster child for the anti-vaccine movement in America.
.@JennyMcCarthy at Wrigley reppin’ her @Cubs gear. #NLCS pic.twitter.com/tkUuuwSG2n
— MLB (@MLB) October 20, 2015
The Washington Post reported on the reputation McCarthy has on the issue of vaccinations:
McCarthy has been so vocal about her stance against vaccinations (she says they caused her son’s autism) that she’s become the celebrity face of the controversial movement — and the focus of the backlash against it, with some casting her as a walking, talking public health threat.
The tag has become so troublesome for the former co-host of ABC’s “The View” that she has since tried to back away from the stance, the newspaper added.
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But don’t tell that to social media users who reacted to MLB’s promo on Tuesday. “Think of the children,” one user cried. All in all, MLB probably wish they could go back and rethink this one.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
.@MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs get her out of the stadium she’s not vaccinated
— Guy Fie-SCAAARRRY™ (@I_am_ai_idiot) October 20, 2015
@I_am_ai_idiot @MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs this is a major health concern, think of the children
— Rich Hues (@JRichCaps) October 20, 2015
Just don’t stand too close because no shots. https://t.co/bkqEMKH8Eh
— HalloweenPun Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) October 20, 2015
@MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs Vaccinate your children, shun people who advocate against public health.
— lifelong mets fan (@fifthstarter) October 20, 2015
@MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs Let’s go preventable diseases! You’re not out of it yet!
— Sean Mulvihill (@MessEnScene) October 20, 2015
@MLB You’re actually advertising this anti-vaxxer?
— Matthew Kitson (@mwk89) October 20, 2015
@MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs children die because of her
— Drop Mags Now Benson (@paulbensonsucks) October 20, 2015
@MLB @JennyMcCarthy How many baseball stadiums do you think you could fill with people who died from polio? @Cubs
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) October 20, 2015
@MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs take your anti-vaxx craziness & never return to the South Side. Good riddance.
— charm city lawyer (@charmcitylwy) October 20, 2015
@MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs Rooting for the Cubs, getting kids killed because she convinced their parents not to vaccinate. Just another day.
— Gabe Logan (@SirCuttsman) October 20, 2015
@MLB @JennyMcCarthy @Cubs huge reason to root for the Mets! Hope she knows more about baseball than she claims to know about medicine
— Ryan (@rparbeau) October 20, 2015
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