I’m sure Jenny McCarthy is a perfectly nice person and I have perhaps laughed at one of her poop jokes once or twice, but she’s the biggest anti-vaccine celebrity out there, spreading all kinds of misinformation. And as far as I can tell, beyond her anti-vax activism, she’s never had even had a passing interest in current events or politics. So why put her on a show where her job is to intelligently discuss current events?
Other than what her anti-vax views imply, it’s unclear whether she’s intellectually checked-in or not. And that’s part of the problem: outside of anti-vaccine activism, McCarthy has no record of political activism or even serious engagement with the world. She was a model turned host of an MTV dating show turned actress in several bad films. I actually find her gross-out sexy-girl schtick somewhat appealing: she farts, appears in ads squatting on a toilet and acted in a movie scene where she sat in a pool of her own menstrual blood. It’s not exactly high-brow humor, but why let the boys make all the poop jokes?
While I appreciate McCarthy’s role in democratizing disgustingness, I’m not going to take someone seriously as a political and cultural commentator if his or her career has amounted to one long toilet gag. Women, of course, can make gross jokes and still be intelligent observers and analysts, but McCarthy hasn’t shown any sign of that. And with plenty of sharp, smart, witty women to choose from who have made careers out of thoughtful analysis, it’s a disappointment that The View chose to feature one who will surely make outlandish and funny remarks, but whose actual insights into the issues of the day seems limited.
The whole piece is here.
[And as an aside, sorry for being MIA this week! I’m in the wonderful city of New Orleans for a cocktail festival, so my internet time has been limited].