How Celebrities Popularized the Unscientific Connection of Vaccines to Autism – The Hollywood Reporter



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“Stars have played a key role in stoking vaccine alarm and shaping the narrative around immunization suspicion. That atmosphere of doubt helped contribute to a decline in childhood shot rates across the country over the past decade, including across L.A. Jenny McCarthy’s outright connection of shots with autism has been the most conspicuous example of celebrity engagement. While many others, including Schneider, Toni Braxton and Aidan Quinn, share this concern, high-profile dissident behavior runs the gamut. It can be advocacy of irregular, choose-your-own immunization schedules unsupported by medical authorities (Holly Robinson Peete, Alicia Silverstone) to protesting SB 277 as a matter of government overreach thwarting individual rights (Danny Masterson, Jim Carrey).

Whatever the talking point, their Q Scores significantly amplify it. “A celebrity saying something gives it a lot more attention — period,” says Michael Sitrick, CEO of L.A. crisis management firm Sitrick and Company. “It’s the same reason why marketers have celebrities endorsing products.””

MLA Citation:

Baum, Gary. “How Hollywood Stars, Trump and Scientologists Inflame the Vaccine Wars: ‘It’s Spurious but Effective’.” The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Sept. 2016, Accessed (PUT DATE OF ACCESS HERE).

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APA Citation:

Baum, G. (2016. Sept. 1). How Hollywood stars, Trump and Scientologists inflame the vaccine wars: “It’s spurious but effective.” The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved from

In-Text: (Baum, 2016)

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