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Jenny McCarthy Criticizes Autism Moms

Jenny McCarthy might find herself in hot water over the harsh address the actress/host made at the AutismOne conference last month. McCarthy, who has been the organization's keynote speaker for the past five years, allegedly told the audience she believes moms of children with autism feel sorry for themselves too easily, saying: "They fall into this victim role and they like it. It's almost as if they didn't get attention in their lives ... and now this incredible door opens where all of these people come over and say, 'Suzy, oh, Suzy, I'm so sorry, is there anything I can do for you?' There's all this attention. And they're looooving it."

McCarthy's son, Evan, was diagnosed with autism in 2005. The blonde bombshell has been an outspoken proponent of the autism and vaccine correlation ever since, saying she believes her son's autism was possibly caused by the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) shot. She has also been an advocate of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, the scientist whose claims about the correlation between vaccines and autism have been debunked by several noteworthy studies. The Playboy centerfold and author of Louder than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism, has stated that through behavioral and alternative therapies, she has "fixed" her son's autism, though several experts believe he might have been suffering from Landau-Kleffner syndrome instead, a rare disorder that is often misdiagnosed as autism.

One mom blogger who has children diagnosed with autism has already reacted to the speech, saying Jenny McCarthy owes her and other mothers of children affected with the disorder an apology. Karla Akins of the Mother Nature Network says: "I don't know anyone who feels sorry for me. I've never had a neighbor bring me a home-cooked meal. Maybe that's because I, too, am on the warrior train. But it's my own warrior monorail, not the McCarthy 'my-way-is-better-than-all-others' railway."

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