The vaccination debate continues to be in the national spotlight, as the number of confirmed measles cases across the U.S. has reached a record high. And now, even Saturday Night Live is weighing in on the topic. On this weekend’s airing, guest Emma Stone starred in a hilarious spoof of The View, mocking celebrity anti-vaxxer Jenny McCarthy’s extremist beliefs about vaccines.
After being introduced as “the vixen of anti-vaxx” by Whoopi Goldberg, who’s played by Leslie Jones, McCarthy (Stone) joins her former co-hosts: Joy Behar (Kate McKinnon), Meagan McCain (Aidy Bryant), Ana Navarro (Melissa Villaseñor), and Abby Huntsman (Cecily Strong).
“Yeah, I don’t believe in vaccinations. My doctor is Google, my science is Twitter, and my religion is Donny Wahlberg,” McCarthy spouts off when asked about her stance on the subject. “I mean these vaccinations are so unnecessary, like the polio vaccine. How many people do you know with polio?” And when Behar points out that there aren’t any people with polio because of the vaccine, McCarthy snidely brushes her off.
Then, when Navarro brings up the importance of vaccinating children due to the measles outbreaks, McCarthy quips, “Well I think Reddit would disagree,” adding that she’s organizing a rally against the disease with all of the unvaccinated people.
In real life, McCarthy has long been one of the leading voices of the anti-vaxx movement, after her claims that her son Evan was diagnosed with autism because he was vaccinated. During an interview with Frontline in 2010, she explained, “If you ask 99.9 percent of parents who have children with autism if we’d rather have the measles versus autism, we’d sign up for the measles… It’s a fear monster, and it’s brilliantly played.”