When most people think of Kat Von D, her eyeliner, liquid lipsticks, and contouring kits likely come to mind. What stands out about her is her vegan approach to makeup and her commitment to cruelty-free products-- and KVD has announced she will also be incorporating her vegan values into her pregnancy and parenting.
The anti-vaccination movement was pushed into mainstream media by Jenny McCarthy and her claim that vaccinations caused her son’s autism. Her research was based on the work by one researcher, Andrew Wakefield, who faked his results and ultimately lost his medical license due to his malpractice. The incorrect viewpoint that vaccinations should be avoided to prevent autism insinuates that such a person would rather endanger not only his or her own child’s life but also others’ lives with compromised immune systems than have a child with autism. Although Kat Von D’s stance is not based on autism but rather supposed exploitation by “the industry,” her claims of being well-researched are directly disputed by scientific fact.
According to the Instagram stories posted by her husband, Leafar Seyer, much of their position on vaccines came from the well-known pseudoscience anti-vaccination documentaries, Trace Amounts and Vaxxed. Vaccines were developed to eradicate serious diseases that are beginning to reappear, such as Syphilis and Polio, which can kill someone without developed immunity. Those who are pro-vaccine believe that not only does Kat Von D's decision to not vaccinate her child cause a compromise to her/his health, but it puts other people in danger of contracting diseases if they are not able to receive the vaccinations themselves. Many fans of Kat Von D beauty have been calling for a boycott of her products following this announcement. Her fans aren't the only one sharing their views on how she should treat her child's health; her father also expressed a negative reaction to her preference for a medication-free childbirth at home with a doula and a midwife.
How do you feel about Kat's decision to not vaccinate, and do you think the public should have an opinion of how she chooses to raise her child? Comment below!
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