It seems that Lena Dunham and Alyssa Milano weren't the only celebrities to settle a score over social media this week. Jenny McCarthy took to Twitter yesterday to defend her son. The talk show host was attempting to counter reports that claimed she had revealed her son, Evan, as not having autism. The View co-host's statement reads:
"Stories circulating online, claiming that I said my son Evan may not have autism after all, are blatantly inaccurate and completely ridiculous. Evan was diagnosed with autism by the Autism Evaluation Clinic at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital and was confirmed by the State of California (through their Regional Center). The implication that I have changed my position, that my child was not initially diagnosed with autism (and instead may suffer from Landau-Kleffner Syndrome), is both irresponsible and inaccurate. These stories cite a "new" Time Magazine interview with me, which was actually published in 2010, that never contained any such statements by me. Continued misrepresentations, such as these, only serve to open wounds of the many families who are courageously dealing with this disorder. Please know that I am taking every legal measure necessary to set this straight."
McCarthy has been open about her struggles with her son's autism from the very beginning, which render the reports confusing as well as shocking. In 2007 McCarthy told People that having an autistic son changed her, "Holding my convulsing baby as he tried to breathe...From that day on, I was not who I was before." Holding true to her statement, McCarthy proves she is a devoted mother over all else.
She isn't a stranger to controversy regarding the developmental disorder, though. The feisty blonde has always been fiercely protective of her son and is actively involved in therapy treatments in order to ease his afflictions due to the developmental disorder. In the 2010 article from Time Magazine which spurred the rumor, McCarthy is quoted as saying, "When something didn't work for Evan, I didn't stop. I stopped that treatment, but I didn't stop." She is also a long-time proponent against vaccinating children because of her belief that it caused her son's autism. This belief was sparked from a debunked British study that had falsified data in order to make the link between vaccinations and autism. Since, the doctor who conducted the study, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, has lost his license and the study has been retracted.
Despite her ire over the surrounding her son's diagnosis, McCarthy's love for her son shines through her Twitter and Instagram posts. She details the eleven year old's spunky personality through pictures of his quirky and adorable antics, whether he's modeling clothes from her closet or sneaking cookies when she isn't looking. Unlike Lena Dunham and Alyssa Milano, McCarthy doesn't plan on ending this battle in 120 characters. The star has proclaimed that she will take legal action against those who perpetrated the false claims about her son.