Here he goes again. Paul Offit's latest article in Salon goes after Gywneth Paltrow for what he calls "celebrity science." Celebrities have brains. The ability to think. Those who've been in the movie industry for decades are probably crafty thinkers who can make good decisions for themselves, and thus their longevity. Can celebs have ideas that are way off the beaten path. Sure. Didn't Daryl Hannah live in a tree for a while or some such thing? Offit is attacking Paltrow for her support of a unique form of feminine hygiene personal care. I'll leave it at that. It's not my steaming cup of oolong - and probably not yours either, my lady readers. Offit's real goal is to dredge up our friends - Jenny McCarthy, Rob Schneider, Jim Carrey, Kristin Cavallari and anyone with a platform who questions vaccine safety. Gywneth is just a vehicle for him to show his allegiance to the vaccine industry that he loves so dearly. He refers to this time as our "post-truth era.." WHAT? Would he say that about the ME TOO movement that also claims Gwyneth for her stated harassment by Harvey Weinstein? Imagine if Salon wrote a scathing piece denying ALL the Me Too claims. THAT.
Oh, and speaking of celebs and science:
SALON (please make sure you read that as "Saaaallllll-ooohhhhhn").
Six times celebrities pushed dangerously bad science
This is America: When celebrity culture merges with science denialism, you get public health crises
In our post-truth era, scientific illiteracy has morphed into science denialism. Today, people simply declare their own truths. As a consequence, science is losing its platform as a source of truth. Meanwhile, a pervasive celebrity culture — in which celebrities are considered trusted “experts” solely because of their fame — has poisoned the idea of what constitutes expertise.
Nowhere is the merger of these two trends more evident than in our embrace of “celebrity science,” which, because it often involves issues of health, might not only be misleading but harmful. Some celebrities actually do have science backgrounds; Mayim Bialik, who has a PhD in neuroscience, springs to mind. Unfortunately, many celebrities have waded into debates within fields in which they have neither expertise nor training, perhaps unintentionally injecting doubt into scientific certainty and often even harming public health efforts. Here are a few of the worst celebrity offenders.
Anti-vaccine crusaders Jenny McCarthy, Jim Carrey, Kristin Cavallari and Rob Schneider: The anti-vaccine crowd frequently falls back on the claim that vaccines cause autism, despite more than two dozen studies clearly showing that vaccination does not increase the incidence of autism. Nor did it make a whit of biological sense that vaccines would. Read more here.