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Too bad for Charlie Sheen that Jenny McCarthy’s taken

I admit it. Sometimes, my better nature notwithstanding, I can’t help taking a bit of a morbid interest in celebrity scandals. I don’t know if it’s a weakness or just normal human nature. Like most “educated” people, I do know I tend to be vaguely embarrassed by falling for an interest in such “low’ pursuits. Given that, how can I resist making note of a recent development in the ongoing nastiness between Charlie Sheen and his ex-wife Denise Richards? More oddly, how can it be that I find myself seeing Denise Richards as actually being rational?

It turns out that Charlie Sheen is apparently every bit as much of an antivaccinationist loon as Jenny McCarthy and her boy toy Jim Carrey and thinks that vaccines are “poison” to the point that he’s threatening his children’s pediatrician with legal action if he vaccinates Sheen’s and Richards’ children without permission. Richardson, apparently, wants the children to receive the recommended vaccinations.

Denise Richards, whose parenting has come under fire from both Charlie Sheen and critics of her new reality TV fiasco, “Denise Richards: It’s Complicated” has insisted on getting the feuding former couple’s two kids, Sam and Lola shot up with the standard vaccines most kids get.

But Charlie Sheen ain’t havin’ none of that. In light of recent accusations that several common vaccines, which are believed by many to be laced with Mercury, lead to Autism and other development difficulties, Charlie Sheen as well as several other celebs, including Jenny McCarthy and Jim Carrey, have gone public about their concerns over the shots.

And in true Charlie Sheen/Denise Richards feuding fashion, the lawyers have been called in, with Sheen having a letter drafted and sent to the children’s’ doctor denying his consent for their vaccinations.

TMZ has obtained a copy of the document, which was sent to the children’s’ physician last month, in which Sheen, in no uncertain terms, tells the doc he won’t stand for his kids being shot up with poison and if they go ahead with the vaccinations, he’ll sue. Of course, not exactly in those words, but you get the idea

It’s a measure of how sheltered I am from this sort of stuff that I didn’t realize until yesterday that this is actually fairly old news. Besides being an abusive idiot, Sheen wants to keep his ex-wife from doing the right thing in this case, whatever her other parenting skills.

At the risk of inciting poll crashing, something I’ve been dubious over, I can’t help but notice a particularly silly poll on the TMZ.com article asking “Who’s hurting the kids, Charlie or Denise?” The results?

72% voted that Charlie was hurting the kids; 28%, Denise. Given the antivaccinationist posturings of ignorant celebrities like Charlie Sheen, Jenny McCarthy, and Jim Carrey, I would have predicted the opposite result. Maybe there is hope after all.

By Orac

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