Brian Dunning at Skeptoid.com compiled a list of his 10 Most wanted: Celebrities Who Promote Harmful Psuedoscience or as I prefer to call them – Douche Bags. I wasn’t going to lower myself to that type of ad hominem attack but I’ll let Brian take the high road and I’ll take the one full of expletive-laced name-calling which IMHO is what these people deserve.
I don’t really much care what celebrities say unless they have already earned my respect regarding a given topic. Unfortunately, their opinions carry an ENORMOUS amount of weight with many many people and the stupid, uninformed things they say actually do cause great harm. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ll give you one example: Jenny McCarthy has been a boost to the efforts of the anti-vaccination folks and her activism has resulted in lowered vaccination rates. Vaccinations are only truly effective if a very large percentage of people are vaccinated. If enough are not, the disease that we’re trying to eradicate (or at least control) can mutate and rebound. Every time a parent is convinced by Jenny (or her buddy Oprah) to skip vaccinations, they put not only their own children at risk, but everyone else as well! Actually, calling these vermin douche bags is an insult to douche bags.
Anyhow, Brian does a great job with his list of Top Ten celebrity shit heads, so please check it out.
p.s. for more info on vaccination, please visit Dr. Steven Novella’s Science Based Medicine Blog.