10 Notorious Celebrities Who Are Against Vaccines
The anti-vaccine, or anti-vaxer movement has been gaining a ton of steam over the last few years, thanks in large part to misinformation and outright lies. It’s a safe assumption that if there weren’t some famous people who were pushing their own agendas, it wouldn’t be as popular as it is. Sadly, there are more than a few famous people who have been claiming they have the real story when it comes to vaccines and the rather nasty side effects that can come from giving them to your kids. The problem is that most of the claims that vaccines are causing all kinds of problems are not supported by any kind of facts. Instead, these celebs are both feeding off of and feeding into the hysteria that can be spread by Internet rumors. Check out our list of 10 of the most shockingly notorious celebs who are anti-vaxxers and tell us what you think about this group.
Kirstie Alley was among a number of celebs against California’s passage of a vaccination bill. While she claimed she was really just for the parent’s right to choose, she also tweeted out that not all vaccines are safe and parents should be able to choose after reading up.
Rob Schneider was so against the California vaccination bill that he got into a confrontation with a state assemblywoman. During the confrontation, the legislator shot back that she would be happy to review any scientific articles that were considered respectable claiming vaccines were harmful. As the lawmaker pointed out, there aren’t any.
Jenna Elfman is best known for playing the rather flaky and new age Darma in Darma & Greg. It appears the actress has some of that character engrained in her day to day life as well. Like many others on this list, Elfman campaigned against California’s new vaccination law, claiming it was infringing on a parent’s right to choose.
Alicia Silverstone is someone who has taken a less than traditional approach to parenting, so it actually shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that she’s against vaccinations. Silverstone has refused to vaccinate her children, claiming that living right and eating healthy is safer than giving her kids shots. “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 once wrote in her autobiography.
Jenny McCarthy has long been considered the leader of the anti-vaccine movement. The actress has repeatedly referred to studies long since proven wrong, or false, but when challenged on her anti-vaccination beliefs, she stands strong.
At one time Bachman was the front runner in the Republican party for president. Then she told a story about a child she claimed she knew who actually “came down” with mental retardation after he was vaccinated. It was shortly after she told this story that she began to fade in the polls, thankfully.
During one Republican presidential debate, Trump claimed he wasn’t against vaccinations, but then told a story of a kid who he claims he knew who was vaccinated, developed a fever and then became autistic. There is no scientific evidence that this story could possibly be true.
Bill Maher is one celeb that usually embraces the science behind things. When it comes to vaccines, the HBO talk show host and comedian is running against the grain. Maher has made the comment many times that while the science on climate change is straight forward, the science on vaccines is not. He doesn’t believe the state should mandate the use of vaccines.
If you had to choose a celebrity who would be against vaccinations, Charlie Sheen is likely one actor lots of people would land on. Sheen actually said he would not agree to any medical treatments his ex, Denise Richards, got for their children, because she had vaccinated them.
Selma Blair was quite vocal when California passed its mandatory vaccine bill. She posted on Facebook that parents should be able to choose not to vaccinate and even helped spread a petition geared towards governor Jerry Brown.