'Brady Bunch' Star Maureen McCormick Is Sick Of Anti-Vaxxers Using Marcia Brady Meme
McCormick also starred in the 2015 season of 'I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!'
After an anti-vaccination group used an image from 'The Brady Bunch' to downplay the seriousness of measles, Maureen McCormick has stepped in to blast the group for using her image.
The clip in question comes from an episode of 'The Brady Bunch' called "Is There a Doctor in the House?" in which McCormick, who played Marcia Brady, catches measles along with her other siblings who all rejoice at the fact they get to stay home from school.
“If you have to get sick, sure can’t beat the measles,” Marcia says in an image from the episode that’s used in the meme.
McCormick has since come out strongly condemning anti-vaxxers using the meme to further their agenda.
"I was really concerned with that and wanted to get to the bottom of that, because I was never contacted," she told NPR.
"I think it's really wrong when people use people's images today to promote whatever they want to promote and the person's image they're using, they haven't asked or they have no idea where they stand on the issue," McCormick added.
"Having the measles was not a fun thing," she recalled. "I remember it spread through my family."
She added at her own daughter is vaccinated.
According to NPR, anti-vaxxers like Dr Toni Bark often bring up this specific "Brady Bunch" episode to attempt to assert that the measles is "not serious."
“You stayed home like the Brady Bunch show. You stayed home. You didn’t go to the doctor,” Bark has said, according to NPR. “We never said, ‘Oh my God, your kid could die. Oh my God, this is a deadly disease.’ It’s become that.”
However, the son of the family sitcom's creator, Sherwood Schwartz, has since revealed that his father would be "unhappy" to see his show used to spread anti-vaccination messages.
“Dad would be sorry, because he believed in vaccination,” Lloyd J. Schwartz said. ” [He] had all of his kids vaccinated.”
According to the World Health Organization, cases of the measles were up by 300 per cent worldwide in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same time period last year.
This new data “indicates a clear trend” of rising rates of infection, the organisation said in a report released April 15, which comes as several countries are experiencing outbreaks, including Australia.