Kat Von D’s controversial anti-vaccine stance has fans boycotting her makeup line
Last week, pregnant tattoo and makeup artist Kat Von D announced that she doesn’t plan on vaccinating her baby. Backlash to the news has been swift and harsh, and now, beauty fans are threatening to boycott her incredibly popular makeup line. Bye-bye, miracle Tattoo Eyeliner. It’s been real.
If you’re a makeup person (*slowly raises hand*) then you know what it means to find a product you truly love. If it’s discontinued, you’ll stalk sites all over the internet to find as many of the item as possible to stockpile. Once you have that perfect eyeliner or foundation, there’s simply no substitute, which is what makes the boycott threat for Von D’s makeup line such a big deal.
Her Instagram post sharing her anti-vaccine stance has thousands of comments criticizing her choice.
She wrote, “…And, if you don’t know what it’s like to have the entire world openly criticize, judge, throw uninformed opinions, and curse you – try being an openly pregnant vegan on Instagram, having a natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula, who has the intention of raising a vegan child, without vaccinations.”
Openly pregnant vegan? Cool. Natural, drug-free home birth in water with a midwife and doula? Good for her, every mom should have a birth they’re comfy with. Raising a vegan child? Hey, she’s got the money and resources to make sure her kiddo is fed everything they need to grow healthily. It’s the “without vaccinations” part that deserves every bit of backlash possible. Because all of her other choices don’t have the power to literally kill someone or make them incredibly ill. Vaccines aren’t merely a parenting choice, they’re a public health issue.
But of course, more action can be taken than simply leaving an angry comment on a celebrity’s Instagram post — people are speaking with their wallets and refusing to support her stance by refusing to purchase her makeup.
While Von D has every right to tell the world she’s planning on doing a super dangerous thing by not vaccinating her baby, consumers also have the right to stop supporting her brand. When a celebrity speaks out on an issue the potential for influencing others is high — and when it’s an issue like this that can have a profound effect on public health? Yes. People have the right to be absolutely livid.
As studies have shown time and again, there’s zero link between vaccines and autism. There’s also a great need for herd immunity to be maintained, as there are people who literally can’t receive vaccines due to age, health issues, or being immune-compromised. They rely on the rest of us to get our shots and make sure our kids do the same in order to prevent devastating diseases, long since dormant, from making a comeback.
In her little anti-vax announcement, Von D says “…if you don’t dig a certain something about what I post, i kindly ask that you press the unfollow button and move the fuck on.”
She’s exactly right — people have that option. But her choice to not vaccinate her child is, unfortunately, not so simple for other humans to escape. What Von D is promoting is gross and irresponsible. If losing out on a ton of business is what it takes to make her reconsider, then by all means — let the boycott commence.
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