“Stay tryna be Hefner
‘Cause I need a Playboy bunny
So glad I left her
She was poisoning me”
“Who are you?” — Wario Slim
A mix of samples, Wario Slim’s piece mixed a number of different recognizable tunes throughout, allowing the catchy tune to take off on streaming services like Spotify, though it never really hit big on radio. The quoted portion really stuck in my brain and was fitting for this week.
On Thursday, July 21, New York state health officials reported the first case of polio in the United States in nearly a decade. The case was in an unvaccinated child.
The same area of New York has seen outbreaks of viruses that are commonly vaccinated for in recent years, as a measles outbreak in 2018-2019 infected more than 300 people. The region has been one of multiple epicenters for vaccine resistance, a movement that can be traced back to one central figure.
Former Playboy model Jenny McCarthy.
McCarthy came onto the public scene as a model for Playboy in 1993 before becoming an MTV game show host and then acting (if you can call it that) in multiple movies. She eventually worked her way to a co-host chair on The View and a judge seat on The Masked Singer.
The other thing McCarthy is well-known for is her public push against childhood vaccinations. McCarthy swore that vaccinating her son Evan led to him developing autism. She wrote multiple books on the subject and has spoken frequently against vaccination, becoming the most recognizable face for a movement of predominantly suburban moms in the early 2000s who began “doing their own research” on vaccines.
Her son has actually never been diagnosed with autism by a medical professional, but she insists that is what he has — and her reasoning is that “a mother knows best.”
There has also never been any study to back the claims that any childhood vaccination has a tie to autism. However, this is a point where it is important to discuss the difference between causation and correlation.
For those who may have had those two terms blended by certain television news outlets that have tended to create a story rather than report one, causation and correlation actually are two very different things.
It is a correlation that a male who stands seven feet tall often plays basketball.
The fact that the male is seven feet tall does not cause him to play basketball. His classmates or coaches at school may pressure him heavily to do so, but the height is not a cause of any interest in playing the game.
Similarly, the point when spectrum disorders are able to first be definitively diagnosed by the medical community is at the same point that the final round of multiple childhood inoculations are given to most kids. While that’s a correlation that it would be diagnosed at the same time, it’s not causation.
In fact, multiple studies were done after a fraudulent study was put forth, by British physician Andrew Wakefield, which asserted a causation between vaccinations and autism.
Wakefield was later stripped of his medical license and convicted of professional misconduct after it was found that his research was fraudulent and the data was manipulated. Follow-up studies failed to show anything but loose correlations.
McCarthy wrote the forward for Wakefield’s book and continued to defend him, even after he was found to be fraudulent.
The wheels put in motion by McCarthy 15-20 years ago are being felt across the country now.
Children are getting sick with illnesses that were long-ago eradicated by well-researched and extensively-tested vaccines.
When a virus epidemic made more than 8,000 people worldwide ill in 2002-2004, scientists went to work researching how to vaccinate against this new type of virus that attacked the respiratory system in a way that hadn’t been seen before.
This family of viruses, labeled as coronaviruses, became the “enemy” of the vaccine research field as the viruses first caused SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in 2002-2004, then MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome) in 2012, and re-emerged on a much larger scale with SARS-CoV-2, also known as COVID-19, in 2019.
When COVID became a global pandemic, information about the virus’ genome was shared to those putting the finishing touches on a vaccine, using previous research already done on the coronavirus family of viruses, and applying that work to a new vaccine, much the way new research is added to the annual flu vaccine and it’s produced in time for flu season each fall.
There were nearly two decades of research and testing went into the science that produced COVID-19 vaccines, yet we continue to see the denial of the efficacy of those vaccines across the country.
The St. Louis Cardinals were without their two best hitters this week for a series in Toronto against the Blue Jays because Canada’s border policies require anyone coming into the country to work must be vaccinated and those two players were not.
When asked why he did not get vaccinated, Cardinals’ third baseman Nolan Arenado responded that he was worried about issues with infertility and the vaccine.
Interestingly, multiple studies have been done showing that none of the available COVID-19 vaccines affect male fertility (or female fertility for that matter).
Getting the virus, however, has been shown to have short-term and long-term effects on male fertility, even striking some men completely infertile more than two years after first getting the virus.
When we follow a Playboy bunny, poisoning is not surprising.
While there are many things people fudge the truth about in order to fit into a clique, following a bunny with no qualms about poisoning children?
That doesn’t seem like one to brag about…