Marcy Brady Has Turned Into An Anti-Vaxxing Meme & She Isn’t Happy About It

Fifty years after the first episode premiered in September of 1969, The Brady Bunch has remained synonymous with wholesome family values. Episode 13 of season one of The Brady Bunch, entitled “Is There a Doctor in the House?”¬†features a storyline in which the whole gaggle of children is stricken with the measles. However, rather than whimpering children and panicked parents, this episode extrapolates on the joys the illness provides for the children. Following a recent outbreak of the measles and strong legal and personal backlash against anti-vaxxers, it follows that those in opposition to vaccinating their children would use the episode to support their unpopular position.

“If You Have To Get Sick, Sure Can’t Beat The Measles!”

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Splotchy with measles, episode 13 of season one sees the children smiling ear to ear, ecstatic that they get to miss school. Carol Brady even has a line in which she states that one of the symptoms of the measles is “a great big smile”. Marcia Brady goes on to comment: “If you have to get sick, sure can’t beat the measles!” Perfectly fitted to the agenda of those who believe that children being taken ill with an outdated and previously defeated illness is part of the natural course of a happy and healthy childhood, Marcia’s declaration has been extracted from its television context and made into an anti-vaccination meme to the dismay of the actress who played Marcia, Maureen McCormick.

Actress & Creator’s Son Speak Out


In an interview with the well-known news source, NPR, McCormick states her official frustration with those who have perverted her childhood role into a source of misinformation, especially without taking into account the stance of the person whose face they were transforming into the representation of a specific message, in this case, the message that getting the measles is ‘no big deal.’ McCormick is not the only one associated with The Brady Bunch to speak out against the anti-vaccination rhetoric being imposed onto the show. Lloyd J. Schwartz, the son of the show’s creator, Sherwood Schwartz, expressed his frustration, as well. Schwartz told NPR: “Dad would be sorry because he believed in vaccination, had all of his kids vaccinated.” It also seems as if the streaming service, Hulu, on which The Brady Bunch is available also agrees with the sentiments of McCormick and Schwartz due to the glaring omission of season one’s episode 13. When contacted for a response, a Hulu representative stated that this now volatile episode’s absence is not due to the streaming service’s desire to thwart the anti-vaccination agenda, but rather due to music licensing restrictions that remain unsettled with TV show’s original broadcasting channel, CBS.

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