Jenny McCarthy has learned the hard way that
The former Playboy model and co-host of the '90s
Although a few Twitter users responded to McCarthy's question sincerely, many thousands more co-opted the hashtag to make pointed critiques of her anti-vaccine views. By Friday, #JennyAsks was trending on Twitter, with users naming desirable traits such as "science literacy and critical thinking skills" and "someone who vaccinates, because I'd want our child to survive."
McCarthy responded with a tweet Monday morning saying "Thank you to all the haters who tweet my name. You make my Q SCORE higher and higher. It's because of you I continue to work. Thank you! : )" However, she did not address the substance of the tweets directed at her -- that her advocacy on behalf of the anti-vaccine movement has contributed to a dramatic rise in vaccine-preventable illnesses.
A spokeswoman for "The View" did not respond to a request for comment. [Updated, 11:40 a.m. PST: The spokeswoman for "The View" later declined to comment.]
McCarthy can take comfort knowing she isn't the only MTV blond under fire for publicly endorsing dubious opinions on vaccines. Also on Thursday,
The comments prompted immediate criticism online, but Cavallari continued to stand by her opinion during an appearance Friday on