Reality star and makeup mogul Kat Von D, announced last week that she will not be vaccinating her baby when he is born.
In a lengthy Instagram post, the expectant first- time mom detailed her reasons for being an anti-vaxxer.
“…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,” Von D said in her post.
She went on to defend her untraditional choice writing, “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.”
Despite the disclaimer, Von D’s fans have been vocal about their disapproval of her decision not to vaccinate her baby.
I respect lifestyle choices with all my being, but please understand that refusing vaccinations is NOT a lifestyle choice; it is a choice that puts your child and every child around him in danger. For the sake of all children, please reconsider this.
— Nemi Noxwood (@neminoxwood) June 8, 2018
I’m genuinely curious what research you have found against vaccines that not only outweighs the amount of research stating otherwise, but how you define the evidence you support as being accurate. Your choice is rebuking hard science and evidence, but why and how?
— Not Leah Reuber (@LeahReuber) June 8, 2018
Happy to support any personal choice you decide to make that only affects you.Choosing not to vaccinate is a selfish and uniformed public health concern.I'm not going to support your choice to endanger my family's lives.Used to be a huge fan of yours, sorry to say that ends today
— Katie Funk (@itskfunk) June 8, 2018
Some are going as far as swearing off the star’s popular makeup line because of her decision.
Well I was going to try your foundation but not now. Clearly you either have been tricked into believing vaccines are harmful or just dgaf about reading comprehension.
I don’t buy stuff from celebrities that spout false information to the public.
— ballin ballin still 방 (@oriondays) June 8, 2018
I will never buy a product from @KATVONDbeauty again, knowing that Kat herself is anti-vaccine. That’s so dangerous and irresponsible
— Jamie Gooch (@JamieGooch94) June 8, 2018
I used to buy your makeup. Never again.
— Angela Tama Zang MD (@DrPinkpants) June 8, 2018
People also took issue with Von D linking veganism to vaccines.
I also don’t understand people who are anti-vax for “vegan reasons” .. So like if your kid is type 1 diabetic, you’re not going let them use insulin either?
— Alyssa Willis (@crillisa) June 8, 2018
Its so selfish not to #vaccinate your kids as the #immunocompromised can’t have vaccines and your selfishness is causing them potential harm by exposing them to risk. Your choice to be vegan. Not your kids choice to be an #antivaxxer . #vaccinateyourkids
— DeiseDispatches 69.4% (@CatherineRotteM) June 8, 2018
Although the comments are largely negative and slam Von D’s choice, there are a few out there who are sending the star some words of support.
You are 100% right, it’s YOUR body, it’s YOUR baby, do whatever you want. Ignore everyone who disagrees/gives you hate. They aren’t worth stressing over, especially when your cooking up a beautiful baby.
— Clare ♂️ (@Clare_W25) June 8, 2018
Congrats Ignore the haters.
— Tina Williams (@sweetsparrow333) June 9, 2018
What do you think of Von D’s decision not to vaccinate her baby?