Everyone here already knows that Jenny McCarthy is famous these days mostly for promoting the dangerous and continuously debunked idea that vaccines cause autism, as well as related misconceptions concerning both vaccines and autism.

And everyone already knows that she continues to get a platform on television and in the mainstream media, regardless of how many times other people speak up about how critical it is for we as a society to marginalize people like Jenny McCarthy.

And yet! I love DSW so much. I’m not very good at being a typical girly girl, but I love me some cheap-ass shoes. I’ve been a DSW member for something like the past decade and I squeal with delight whenever they mail me a new gift certificate so I can go get yet another pair of Chucks from the discount rack.

And so it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that DSW is sponsoring a promotion with Jenny McCarthy tomorrow at their Union Square store in NYC:

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Miri Mogilevsky is already in the Facebook comments helping DSW see what a dangerous quack Jenny McCarthy is. If, like Miri and me, you love discount shoes and hate anti-science fear-mongering, maybe you could join in there or email DSW at [email protected]

Chili’s experienced a similar problem recently and they handled it brilliantly. Let’s hope DSW follows suit. So do it. Protect the children, and the shoes.

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca Watson

Rebecca leads a team of skeptical female activists at Skepchick.org and appears on the weekly Skeptics' Guide to the Universe podcast. She travels around the world delivering entertaining talks on science, atheism, feminism, and skepticism. There is currently an asteroid orbiting the sun with her name on it. You can follow her every fascinating move on Twitter or on Google+.

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11 Comments

  1. Avatar of sondosia
    April 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm —

    For whatever reason, most people can’t even see this post. But Rebecca and I can, and can confirm that it hasn’t been taken down or anything.

  2. Avatar of Jackal
    April 8, 2014 at 2:37 pm —

    The DSW blog post featuring JM is still up: http://blog.dsw.com/fashion-style/jenny-loves-dusty

  3. Avatar of robro
    April 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm —

    Spooky! Your link to Facebook alerted me to a post from a friend to this Onion piece.

  4. Avatar of Phillip Hallam-Baker
    April 8, 2014 at 3:11 pm —

    She’s not the only celeb making a stupid of herself. Strap a cushion to your head before you read the following, it will reduce the pain from the facepalm.

    http://www.geekosystem.com/kate-mulgrew-to-narrate-a-film-about-how-the-sun-revolves-around-the-earth/

    And it is not an Onion story.

    • Avatar of Jon Brewer
      April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm —

      To be fair, Voyager did play loose with the science, even by SF standards. (A crack in the event horizon? Seriously? How does that even…wait, wha? I mean, seriously? How? Sorry, a system error has occurred. *hangs*)

      And the entire character of Chakotay was researched by looking up woowoo sites that these days are why so many Indians spend so much time deleting crap people we don’t even know put on our walls.

      Of course, all that’s the writers’ fault.

  5. Avatar of chionactis
    April 8, 2014 at 4:14 pm —

    I can’t see the post either. When I follow the link, I get this message: “Sorry, this page isn’t available
    The link you followed may be broken, or the page may have been removed.”

    I then looked up Designer Shoe Warehouse on Facebook and found their page, but I still can’t see the post.

  6. Avatar of sondosia
    April 8, 2014 at 4:21 pm —

    Phillip: Actually, she was apparently misinformed about the nature of the documentary: https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10151985862292466&id=7122967465

    chionactis: Yes, that particular post of theirs has its visibility set as “custom,” not “public.” That means DSW is targeting a particular section of their audience with it. Pages can do that. As of now, it’s still up.

    • Avatar of chionactis
      April 8, 2014 at 4:29 pm —

      I see. Thank you, sondosia.

      And it’s a relief to see Mulgrew was not knowingly spreading that nonsense after all.

      • Avatar of Phillip Hallam-Baker
        April 8, 2014 at 9:01 pm —

        Certainly a good outcome.

        Hope that someone gets an injunction. Free speech does not allow what the fundies are doing here.

  7. Avatar of Jon Brewer
    April 9, 2014 at 12:11 pm —

    I dread April. There’s so much moral panic about autism out there, and April is a time to remind us of it. The fence-sitters go in and ‘teach the controversy’ (in the most Ken Hamian way, of course).

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