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.
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I knew the minute we announced our pregnancy that we would be bombarded with unsolicited advice. Some good and some questionable – unsolicited none the less. I also was prepared for the backlash and criticism we would get if we decided to be open about our personal approach to our pregnancy. My own Father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead. If you don’t know what it’s like have people around you think you are ridiculous, try being openly vegan. 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. My point being: I already know what it’s like to make life choices that are not the same as the majority. So your negative comments are not going influence my choices – actual research and educating myself will – which i am diligently doing. This is my body. This is our child. And this is our pregnancy journey. Feel free to follow me on here if you like what I’m about – whether it’s tattooing, lipstick, Animal Rights, sobriety, feminism, ridiculous gothiness, black flower gardening, cats, or my adorable husband. But 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. So before anyone of you feel inspired to tell me how to do this, I would appreciate you keeping your unsolicited criticism to yourself. More importantly, for those who have amazing positive energy to send my way, I will gladly and graciously receive it with love! X
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.
Sucks that I have to boycott @thekatvond's makeup now that she's come out as a scientifically illiterate wafflestomp. 🖕 Her liquid liner and blotting powder are my FAVS but her "actual research" into vaccinating makes me wonder how safe she actually is with her products 😬
— 💥 (@CyndiStarkiller) June 13, 2018
I can't believe that Kat Von D isn't gonna vaccinate her kids. Absolute madness. Gutted as I've only recently bought her 10 year anniversary palette. Looks like I'm gonna have to boycott her brand. I don't like injections but I know they're vital for not only me, but others.
— Heather Robbins (@McInHeather) June 11, 2018
Kat Von d is an anti vaxxer so I guess I have to boycott another brand lmao
— under cover hoe (@rickgastly69) June 9, 2018
Q: Will you boycott Kat Von D after she revealed herself to be an anti-vaxxer?
— Angela Lashbrook (@lemonsand) June 9, 2018
#boycott #KatVonD #cosmetics
Kat Von D is choosing not to vaccinate her child… let’s get across to her how unacceptable this “choice” is #vaccinations #needs #health #wellness pic.twitter.com/tycNnl4AVb
— Murry (@MJay_Cee) June 12, 2018
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.