Sometimes celebrities love to voice their opinions even when they don’t know what they’re talking about. Modern culture and the media could be to blame seeing as how much of the public is enamored with what celebrities say and do. However, Hollywood stars and starlets probably shouldn’t be taken seriously when it comes to science or medicine. Few of them are scientists or doctors. Nothing exemplifies this more than the stance an alarming number of celebrities have taken against vaccinations. Many believe that vaccinations are dangerous. That is simply not true. Others think that vaccinations for children should be up to the parents, but they never think about the harm that not vaccinating a child can do.
Some anti-vaxxers cling to a debunked and fraudulent study that linked vaccinations to autism. Unfortunately, choosing not to get vaccinated or have children not get vaccinated has led to an increase in diseases that were once under control and nearly eradicated. If a large population is vaccinated herd immunity forms, which can essentially wipe out a virus. If less people get vaccinated the virus can make a comeback, which is why there were measles outbreaks in the United States last year. Despite the science, many in Hollywood are still against vaccines. Here’s a look at some celebrities who have publicly spoken out against vaccinations or laws about vaccinations.
10 Selma Blair
Selma Blair is one of many celebrities who have spoken out about mandatory vaccinations for school children in California. In response to the California mandatory vaccination bill she Tweeted: “Parental choice is our right. Most vaccinate. Let us choose.”
9 Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley is against the new mandatory vaccination law in California, and when the bill was first proposed she displayed her outrage. Like most celebrities against the bill, she said she was not against vaccination itself but rather just for parents’ rights.
8 Charlie Sheen
Jenny McCarthy may have absurdly criticized Charlie Sheen for not telling her about his HIV status when they were working on the show Two and a Half Men together, but the two actually have something in common. Sheen’s view on vaccines is somewhat strange considering the disclosure of his HIV status has given publicity to the continued effort of awareness and developing a vaccine for HIV.
7 Rob Schneider
Former SNL cast member Rob Schneider is so anti vaccine that he left an irate voicemail to California state Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. He vowed to spend as much money as he could to fight the campaign for the proposed bill of mandatory vaccination for school children in California.
6 Bill Maher
5 Jenna Elfman
Jenna Elfman of Dharma and Greg fame, has been very outspoken against California’s new mandatory vaccination law. She has claimed she is not anti vaccine, but instead she says, like a few others on our list, that she is opposed to taking away parents’ rights. She even circulated a petition against the proposed bill for the new law on her Facebook page. She urged her fans to sign it.
4 Donald Trump
3 Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone decided not to vaccinate her child. She believes that a healthy diet and lifestyle will prevent illnesses, and says her son has never been sick. “There is increasing anecdotal evidence from doctors who have gotten distressed phones calls from parents claiming their child was ‘never the same’ after receiving a vaccine,” she wrote in her book.
2 Jim Carrey
It seems that Jenny McCarthy’s views on vaccinations may have rubbed off on her ex-boyfriend Jim Carrey. Carrey has very loudly voiced his displeasure with the new law that makes vaccinations mandatory for children attending public school in California unless they have a medical reason for exemption. Parents’ personal beliefs are no longer a reason to not have a child vaccinated in California.
1 Jenny McCarthy
The most outspoken celebrity opponent of vaccinations is by far Jenny McCarthy. Her son was diagnosed with autism and she believes that vaccinations were the cause. In the past, she has tirelessly tried to link autism to vaccinations. McCarthy has claimed lately that she is not anti vaccine, but rather just wanted safe vaccines.
Unfortunately, years of spreading misinformation has resulted in potentially irreparable damage, and the anti vaccine movement has grown stronger. There are many people who believed what McCarthy said about links between autism and the MMR vaccination, and that might never change in our lifetime.
Sources: Huffington Post, LA Times, People, Daily Mail, Washington Post
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