Reports emerged claiming that the presenter had lied about her son's medical condition, which she has since denied
Jenny McCarthy was once again drawn into the controversial debate surrounding her son's autism after reports emerged claiming that the TV host had lied about her son's condition. Taking to Twitter, McCarthy slammed these latest rumours surrounding her son, insisting that regardless of what you may have read, her son definitely suffers from the mental disorder.
McCarthy has had to address the latest spell of rumours surrounding her son
McCarthy has long campaigned for wider awareness to be raised for autism, however her campaigns and awareness drives have often been marred by her controversial stance towards childhood vaccinations, which she has blamed as the reason behind her son's development of the mental disorder. Despite her well-known involvement with autism and the troubles it causes for her and more obviously for her 11-year-old son Evan, The View host has still had to address rumours stating that her son is not even autistic.
"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous," McCarthy tweeted on Friday, 3 January, adding (via various other tweets), "Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate."
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She continued, "These stories cite a 'new' Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight."
The real reason behind the backlash might not just be because of falsified rumours, but more to do with the fact that McCarthy blamed her son's diagnosis on vaccinations received at birth and she has since argued that vaccines can trigger autism, going on to use her position as a public figure to campaign against childhood vaccinations against diseases. Despite her claims coming with absolutely no medical backing, her campaigns continue to gain momentum and her ill-advised arguments against vaccinations have done little to win her support with parents who don't want their children to contract life-threatening diseases. McCarthy has since claimed that she is " not at all against vaccines," but her reiterations have usually fallen on deaf ears.
McCarthy is regularly critiqued by online crusaders