McCarthy's is the third installment in the Sun-Times's new Splash, a fraught weekday feature in which the paper hires minor celebrities for their "opinions" about something or other. Yesterday ended on a slightly embarrassing note. Minor celebrity Jim Belushi had written about becoming a "pill popper" in his advancing age (pills like Viagra! get it?) and the S-T had to tack on an editor's addendum noting that when Belushi mentioned taking the gout treatment medication Allopurinol, the paper "should have noted that Belushi is in an awareness campaign sponsored by the drug's maker, Savient Pharmaceuticals." (Via Robert Feder.) (See correction below.)
That won’t happen today because Jenny McCarthy isn't concerned with brand names, only sexist stereotypes. Actually she mentions one brand, Spanx, which she urges "ladies" to think of George Clooney wearing the next time they're "thinking about how sexy it would be" to date him. "George probably borrowed his girlfriend's Spanx" to wear to the Oscars, McCarthy writes. (Gay joke!)
McCarthy, a south-side native, is pleased that there are no nancies in Chicago (to which I say: girl, please), only "meat-and-potatoes" types who do not exude the "weirdness" of LA men. "I have had numerous L.A. boyfriends ask to borrow my makeup or, even worse, ask my makeup artist to do them after they are done with me. Gross!" McCarthy writes. "Who wants to make out with a guy with concealer and blush on his face? Not me." (Gay joke!)
Each minor celebrity receiving a $1,000 check from the Sun-Times has agreed to donate the money to charity. McCarthy has given hers to Generation Rescue, which bills itself on its website as "Jenny McCarthy’s autism organization." Generation Rescue is engaged in the important scientific work of raising questions about whether childhood vaccinations cause autism, which they don't.
Update: A rep from Savient Pharmaceuticals called to say that Savient doesn't actually make the gout drug, Allopurinol, that Belushi takes; he works with the company on a campaign called Check Out Your Gout.