Saturday, February 20, 2010

Being Rant

Sometimes I wish I could find whoever came up with the idea that 'all opinions are equally valid' and punch that guy square in the face.

I mean, sure, it's a nice sentiment in a touchy-feely kind of way, but in the real world it's just not true.

For example, I remember sitting at the computer one day when Oprah came on the TV and she started interviewing someone about Autism, or more precisely the role vaccinations may play in giving kids this disease.

Who was she interviewing? A doctor? A scientist? Someone who's studied Autism or the side effects of particular vaccinations?

Nope. She interviewed Jenny fucking McCarthy.

Exactly what qualifies Jenny McCarthy to go on TV and start talking about how vaccinations cause Autism? Did she have to pass an exam on Pharmacological side-effects in order to get her tits out for Playboy? Or did she learn all about Autism during the filming of 'The Jenny McCarthy Show', her shit sketch-comedy show that got cancelled in the middle of the first season?

Or maybe, just maybe, she's just another Z-list celebrity who's jumped on a cause she knows nothing about because it might get her face on TV again.

Again, why does her opinion matter just because she got her tits out for magazines in the 90's?

It's the same with news shows. I'm all for 'balance' and different points of view in the news… but I don't think 'balance' includes the idiots who claim they saw 'government helicopters' dropping bombs on the levees during hurricane Katrina…you know, those special helicopters that can fly in a category 3 hurricane.

They even give those '9/11 Truth' morons air time. The ones who claim that the planes couldn't possibly have brought down the towers because jet fuel doesn't burn hot enough to melt steel. Of course, Jet fuel wasn't the only thing burning…and you don't have to actually melt steel to make it soft enough to bend. If a blacksmith can bend a steel bar with a hammer and a propane forge…exactly how long is a girder going to last at 1500 degrees when it's holding up a fucking skyscraper?

But the absolute worst is the celebrities like Jenny McCarthy. Those vapid idiots who think that their ability to play pretend in front of a camera somehow makes their opinions matter. Those retarded actors who are so smug when they babble on about their Toyota Prius and so judgemental when they talk about starving kids in Africa…completely missing the irony that their last shitty movie cost a few hundred million to make and its 'carbon footprint' may have been just slightly higher than me driving a regular gasoline-powered car.

Here's the deal, your opinion matters only when you actually know what the fuck you're talking about.


NanU said...

right on!

Woman atop her Soapbox said...

I have to agree about Jenny McCarthy's thing on Oprah. I saw it too and was furiously mad when she said her son was "cured" of Autism.

It's a birth defect honey. That is like saying somebody would be cured from Down's Syndrome.

My son has autism and he is wonderful and I wouldn't want him to be "cured".

And it doesn't hurt that the guy who originally wrote the paper about vaccines causing autism has now been proved as lying on the paper and it all being false.


Evan 08 said...

It's not exactly that cut and dried. Jenny McCarthy has an autistic son.

Paulius said...

Evan: I don't see your point. Yes, she has a son with Autism, but that doesn't make her an expert in vaccine side effects.

I have diabetes, but that doesn't make me an authority on the genetics that cause type 1.