Jenny McCarthy opens up about her son being bullied at summer camp.
There's always plenty of drama on The View, but a recent admission by McCarthy brought some hard issues to light on the show. She often uses the show as a platform to educate viewers on autism, a topic she is heavily invested in, and on a recent show she revealed that her autistic son Evan, 12, has been bullied. More than that, he doesn’t even realize it.
McCarthy, 41, turned to her co-hosts Monday morning during the "Hot Topics" portion of the show asking how to handle her son getting bullied while away at camp. She received a devastating email this weekend from Evan’s counselor explaining that while Evan believes he has friends at camp, his "friends" are actually bullying him.
"My son’s main goal is to make as many friends as possible," McCarthy said. "They’re laughing at him but he laughs too," she explained. "I said, ‘You have to find the kids that like you and are nice to you. Who do you sit next to in the cafeteria?’ And he said, ‘No one. I ask, and they say no.’"
And if that isn’t heartbreaking enough, McCarthy points out that because of her son’s autism, he doesn’t realize he’s the outcast which is a bit of a relief for now.
"It’s so wonderful that he’s not aware that kids are making fun of him. But at what point do I need to teach him that?" she asked.
"Evan told me, ‘They ask me to put bugs down my pants and I do it and they laugh.’ He thinks it’s funny. Do I just let him be? At what point does it stop? In high school they’ll be like, ‘Here drink this?’ ‘Okay!’"
McCarthy has always been involved in autism awareness and spreading the word about the disorder that has affected her family. While she often creates controversy from her statements about "curing" her son and the resistance of medical vaccinations, her discussion Monday morning has viewers feeling sympathy for the single mom.
To end the discussion, cohost Whoopi Goldberg chimed in.
"My suggestion: Have Evan introduce you to his friends and when they’re off having fun, have a conversation with the parents," Goldberg suggested. "The parents might not be aware."
What would you do in McCarthy's situation?
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