Mayim Bialik's Anti-Vaccine Statements Resurface

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The Mary Sue 24 August, 2021 - 01:23pm 5 views

Who is the temporary host of Jeopardy?

Mayim Bialik has been named temporary host of “Jeopardy!” according to the New York Times. The newspaper reported that Sony Pictures Entertainment will continue its search for a permanent host after the resignation of Mike Richards, who is the show's executive producer. pennlive.comSony Pictures names a temporary host of ‘Jeopardy!’, reports

Who is replacing Mike Richards on Jeopardy?

Jeopardy! Taps Mayim Bialik to Replace Mike Richards as Host for 3 Weeks. tvline.comJeopardy! Taps Mayim Bialik to Replace Mike Richards as Host for 3 Weeks

Is Mayim Bialik hosting jeopardy?

Mayim Bialik, who in early August had been named the prime-time host for “Jeopardy!” specials, will be the show's first daytime guest host following the departure of Mike Richards from the gig. Richards remains executive producer of the series. CNBCMayim Bialik tapped as first 'Jeopardy!' guest host after Mike Richards controversy

Who is the new host of Jeopardy 2021?

Mayim Bialik is filling in as the weeknight host after Mike Richards stepped down last week as the successor to Alex Trebek. She was chosen to host Jeopardy! prime-time series and spin-offs. NPRBialik Will Guest Host 'Jeopardy!' As Search Resumes For Trebek Replacement

We all knew that finding the next host for Jeopardy! wouldn’t be easy, given the late Alex Trebek’s iconic and universally beloved presence. But we didn’t think the producers at the popular game show would mess up SO spectacularly. After a summer of guest hosts auditioning to take the podium, executive producer Mike Richards was tapped for the gig, causing audiences to cry “who?” and “why him?”

Richards’ past history of sexual harassment lawsuits, coupled with his truly odious, sexist comments on his podcast The Randumb Show, quickly hit the news, and Richards stepped down from the hosting gig. He still remains an executive producer on the series, in true mediocre white man failing up fashion.

Now, the game show will feature more rotating guest hosts, starting with Mayim Bialik. The Big Bang Theory actor has already signed on to host Jeopardy‘s spinoff series and tournaments, and Richards’ vacancy means she is now the frontrunner to take on the hosting job.

In many ways, Bialik makes total sense as the new host. The erstwhile Blossom Russo has been a reliable presence on television for decades, and in addition to being an actor, she is also a neuroscientist who earned her PhD in neuroscience from UCLA in 2007. But some of Bialik’s controversial statements may be coming back to haunt her.

First, there was her unfortunate 2017 op-ed in the New York Times titled “Being a Feminist in Harvey Weinstein’s World,” where Bialik victim-blames the survivors of Weinstein’s abuse, writing:

“As a proud feminist with little desire to diet, get plastic surgery or hire a personal trainer, I have almost no personal experience with men asking me to meetings in their hotel rooms … I still make choices every day as a 41-year-old actress that I think of as self-protecting and wise. I have decided that my sexual self is best reserved for private situations with those I am most intimate with. I dress modestly. I don’t act flirtatiously with men as a policy.”

Bialik later apologized for the article.

Then, there are Bialik’s anti-vaccine statements, which date back to a 2009 interview with People Magazine where she said, “We are a non-vaccinating family, but I make no claims about people’s individual decisions. We based ours on research and discussions with our pediatrician, and we’ve been happy with that decision, but obviously there’s a lot of controversy about it.”

And in Bialik’s 2012 parenting book “Beyond the Sling,” she wrote she hadn’t gotten a vaccine in 30 years. But Bialik has since announced that she supports vaccines, and has been vaccinated for COVID-19 and received the flu shot. Bialik discussed her choice in a YouTube video she posted last year:

Bialik says, “Let’s finally talk about it. I wrote a book about 10 years ago about my experience parenting and at the time my children had not received the typical schedule of vaccines. But I have never, not once, said that vaccines are not valuable, not useful, or not necessary because they are.”

She continued, “The truth is, I delayed vaccinations for reasons that you don’t necessarily get to know about simply because you follow me on social media … As of today, my children may not have had every one of the vaccinations that your children have but my children are vaccinated. I repeat, my children are vaccinated.”

However, Bialik still remains skeptical, saying “Do I think we give way too many vaccines in this country compared to when I was a vaccinated child? Yes. Do I believe most people don’t even know what Hepatitis B is but vaccinate their newborns for it anyway because they’re simply told to? Yes. Do I think there’s a tremendous profit that is made from vaccines and specifically from making sure that kids show up in school? Yes … Does the medical community often operate from a place of fear in order to make money? Heck yeah, they do!”

Okay, let’s take these one at a time. First, how many vaccines is “too many”? Are we supposed to just stop medical research and progress because we’ve hit some imagined vaccine ceiling? No, that’s patently absurd. In the last 30 years alone we’ve seen vaccines for Varicella (chicken pox), rotavirus, hepatitis A, and the pneumococcal vaccine, among others. As a parent of a toddler, I’m grateful that science has advanced far enough that I can protect my kid from these diseases.

And why does it matter whether or not we know exactly what Hepatitis B is? There are no hidden benefits to be found in Hepatitis, Mayim! Furthermore, the Hepatitis vaccine is groundbreaking in that it is the first anti-cancer vaccine. Does Big Pharma profit off of its clientele? Undoubtedly. But there’s no such profit model for children safely attending school. No one is making any money educating our children (least of all teachers, who deserve a way higher salary than they get).

And while Bialik says these things, she was also the “science ambassador” for Neuriva, a “brain supplement” pill whose active ingredient is “Coffea arabica,” aka coffee. It’s decidedly not a good look to both dismiss vaccine use while promoting snake oil caffeine pills.

At this point, Jeopardy! should listen to its fans and bring on our science-loving, nonproblematic fave LeVar Burton. Give the people what they want.

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Celebrities Are Not Holding Back After Mike Richards Quits as Host of 'Jeopardy!'

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Mike was named the new host of Jeopardy! just one week prior.

The chaotic search to replace Alex Trebek got even messier late last week after Mike Richards announced he was stepping down as the new weekly host of Jeopardy! one week after being offered the position.

Mike's decision, which he shared in an internal memo to the Jeopardy! staff on Friday, appears to have stemmed from a series of controversial past remarks that were resurfaced last week in a report from The Ringer. The announcement also came after former harassment and discrimination lawsuits against CBS reemerged from when Mike was an executive producer at The Price Is Right.

Mike will continue to be the executive producer of Jeopardy! and shared that Sony Pictures Television will resume its search for the next permanent host while the quiz show's new season is set to premiere on September 13. It's unclear who will guest host in the future, especially since the show has already featured a rotation of celebrities, Jeopardy! contestants, athletes and journalists at the lectern over the past several months.

Mayim Bialik is still expected to be the Jeopardy! host of any primetime specials.

After Mike stepped down last Friday, many viewers and celebrity Jeopardy! fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on the latest development. Given that many had initially thought LeVar Burton deserved to be awarded the opportunity, some were given renewed hope that Sony might now reconsider the Reading Rainbow star for the role. Regardless, LeVar sent out one of his regular "Happy Friday, y'all!" tweets right around the time the news broke.

Here is a look at how some famous folks reacted to the news. As you'll see, the reactions varied from serious to humorous and everything in between:

Ryan Reynolds: "Pretty consistently from 2013 to 2015 Deadpool would explode on Twitter with fans wanting me to play him. It was awkward because I agreed with them but the studio didn’t see it. Ultimately the fans won and the rest is glorious history. I’m forever grateful. Hi @levarburton."

Meghan McCain: (reacting to LeVar's "Happy Friday" tweet): "Happy Friday to my @Jeopardy host!"

Happy Friday to my @Jeopardy host! https://t.co/9MYzv8NtZy

Roxane Gay: (one of multiple tweets): "I think I might write an essay about this but… it shouldn’t be this hard for @levarburton to receive serious consideration as @Jeopardy host. He isn’t some random idea people have. He taught generations of children to read. He has real depth. He is charming and handsome."

I think I might write an essay about this but… it shouldn’t be this hard for @levarburton to receive serious consideration as @Jeopardy host. He isn’t some random idea people have. He taught generations of children to read. He has real depth. He is charming and handsome.

David Simon: "I stand ready to accept the people's nomination as the next host of Jeopardy. Provided: 1) I am permitted to remark on the abject stupidity in every wrong answer. 2) I can snidely demonstrate additional knowledge in reply to every right answer. 3) F--k the question-form shit.

Yvette Nicole Brown: "NONE of this had to happen. A FAIR process creating an EVEN playing field and EQUAL chance for EVERYONE to shine is all it took ... #JustiveForLeVar"

Jeff B. Davis: Pretty sure I should host @Jeopardy. Retweet this until it happens and I’ll take you all to dinner somewhere nice."

Pretty sure I should host @Jeopardy. Retweet this until it happens and I’ll take you all to dinner somewhere nice.

Keith Olbermann: "So sometimes you DON’T get away with it #Jeopardy"

So sometimes you DON’T get away with it #Jeopardy https://t.co/XhEpvNkrPq

Gritty: "what us, hbu @jeopardy"

what is, hmu @jeopardy pic.twitter.com/8uWXDAPLOB

Jon Daly: "Mike Richards was Jeopardy host for less than one Scaramucci! Apparently he was 3 toddlers in a trenchcoat? Name a less problematic host, I’ll wait… Uhhhh Levar much???"

Mike Richards was Jeopardy host for less than one Scaramucci! Apparently he was 3 toddlers in a trenchcoat? 😆😆Name a less problematic host, I’ll wait… Uhhhh Levar much??? ✅

Arthur Chu: "I'm just gonna say that Alex Trebek was the host for literally my entire life and the biggest scandal I remember with him was when that Kids' Jeopardy contestant spelled an answer wrong on Final Jeopardy and Alex wouldn't just let him have it even though he was really sad."

I'm just gonna say that Alex Trebek was the host for literally my entire life and the biggest scandal I remember with him was when that Kids' Jeopardy contestant spelled an answer wrong on Final Jeopardy and Alex wouldn't just let him have it even though he was really sad https://t.co/kE77Ell2JW

James Holzhauer: "I was really looking forward to the season premiere where after an exhaustive 61-clue search for the next Jeopardy champion, the show looks past the three obvious candidates and declares Mike Richards the winner."

I was really looking forward to the season premiere where after an exhaustive 61-clue search for the next Jeopardy champion, the show looks past the three obvious candidates and declares Mike Richards the winner

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