The bigwigs at Sonyclearly did not Google the individuals they picked to exchange Alex Trebek. Nine days after he nabbed the nightly internet hosting gig, Jeopardy! govt producer Mike Richards resigned, since he’d recorded himself saying disparaging issues about girls, Jewish individuals, these with psychological disabilities and little individuals on an outdated podcast collection. The different new host, Mayim Bialik, confessed she was skeptical of vaccines in her 2012 parenting e book, Beyond The Sling.
“We made an knowledgeable determination to not vaccinate our youngsters,” she wrote, “however that is a very private determination that must be made solely after enough analysis, which at the moment is inside attain of each dad or mum who seeks to study their youngster’s well being regardless of their medical data or academic standing.”
Criticism of Bialik’s vaccine hesitancy resurfaced when she was introduced because the host of Jeopardy!‘s primetime specials, and he or she performed down her earlier feedback. “She has been absolutely vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus and isn’t in any respect an anti-vaxxer,” her spokesperson instructed TheWrap the day the information in regards to the new hosts dropped.
Bialik additionally addressed her stance on vaccines with a video titled “Anti-Vaxxers and Covid” in October 2020. “You is perhaps saying, ‘Hey, wait a second, you don’t consider in vaccines! You’re one of these anti-vaxxers,'” she mentioned within the video. “Let’s lastly speak about it. I wrote a e book about 10 years in the past about my expertise parenting and on the time my youngsters had not obtained the everyday schedule of vaccines. But I’ve by no means, not as soon as, mentioned that vaccines usually are not beneficial, not helpful, or not crucial as a result of they’re.”
Another one of Bialik’s questionable views on medication and parenting resurfaced on Tuesday, nevertheless, when journalist Eoin Higgins tweeted a screenshot of a quote she gave Self magazine in 2010. You see, she’s a vocal proponent of dwelling start and customarily against medical intervention. Writer Taffy Brodesser-Akner identified that some girls aren’t bodily capable of push out a child the old school means, making C-sections a life-saving different, and Bialik mentioned the next: “There are these amongst us who consider that if the child cannot survive a dwelling labor, it’s OK for it to move peacefully,” she writes. “I don’t subscribe to this, however I do know that some really feel that…if a child can not make it by start, it’s not favored evolutionarily.”
To be clear, Bialik mentioned she doesn’t personally consider this, however it’s nonetheless a stunning factor to listen to from an actor who’s finest identified for enjoying a good scientist on The Big Bang Theory and who has a PhD in neuroscience in actual life. It’s bizarre that she would even give such concepts credence by bringing them up. It’s well-documented that there is an epidemic of medically unnecessary C-sections across the globe and lots of troubling stories of doctors abusing women during labor, each psychologically and bodily. But even mentioning this notion to an expectant mom — that if her child is not born the pure means, some individuals suppose it should not get a shot at life — feels a lot like telling a particular person with appendicitis that nature dictates they need to die reasonably than get an appendectomy.
The controversies swirling round Bialik, centered on her fringe anti-science stance, pale compared to the issues Richards mentioned and did. In addition to his offensive podcast, he’d been sued circa 2010 for pregnancy discrimination by a mannequin on The Price Is Right. He additionally reportedly mandated that the fashions’ skirts be shorter and that they put on bikinis extra typically. By distinction, Bialik is entitled to make her personal medical selections for herself and her youngsters. But Jeopardy! is a present devoted to information and data. That the present steward of the present is such a skeptic of science and medication is simply bizarre.
We’ll see how the entire Jeopardy! host choice spherical two pans out. Will Sony simply rent Bialik because the full-time host, problematic medical beliefs be damned? Could they shock and delight us by choosing LeVar Burton, the one candidate actually worthy of the job? Time will inform. But one factor is for certain in regards to the Jeopardy! succession saga: it is a huge outdated mess.